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Obituary: Jessie Reeves Aaron, Adair Co., KY
"Miss Jessie" was the head of the highly distinguished Aaron family of Columbia, KY. She was a registered nurse who assisted her surgeon husband in his early practice. She was a leader in women's clubs in Elizabethtown and Columbia. She spearheaded the successful drive to save the historic Trabue-Russell House. She was a member of the Columbia Baptist Church, She never forgot her ties to the congregation at the little Shiloh Christian Church in which she worshipped as a child growing up in Ozark. She was truly an Adair County treasure, whose beautiful presence, radiant warmth, wonderful wit and gracious hospitality will be long remembered.
Jessie Reeves Aaron, wife of the late Dr. Oris Aaron, died early Tuesday evening, May 25, 2010, at Westlake Cumberland Hospital in Columbia, KY.
Funeral services for Jessie Reeves Aaron will be at 11amCT, Saturday, May 29, 2010, at Grissom-Martin Funeral Home, 200 Campbellsville ST, Columbia, KY, with Bro. Raymond Martin the officiating clergy. Visitation will be after 5pmCT, Friday, May 28, 2010, at the funeral home. Burial will be at a later date in the Reeves family cemetery.
Born March 26, 1915, to Richmond Bourne Reeves and Nancy Caroline Hall Reeves, "Miss Jessie," as she was known to friends and family, was the eighth of the nine Reeves children. She was a member of the Columbia Baptist Church, and still loved and supported the historic church of her youth, Shiloh Christian Church, in the Ozark community of Adair County.
Miss Jessie is survived by her three living children, Dr. Phillip Reeves Aaron of Columbia, Jane Caroline Aaron, Lexington, KY; and Susan Arthold Remek of Chicago. Her son, Dr. William Stephen Aaron of New Albany, IN, preceded her in death. She had five grandchildren and three great grandchildren.
A 1938 graduate of the Kentucky Baptist School of Nursing, Jessie was a dedicated nurse who assisted her husband in his practice in the coal mines of West Virginia during World War II.
She and her husband raised their family for many years in Elizabethtown, KY, before they returned to Columbia in 1959.
Jessie was an active President (and national officer) of the Elizabethtown Woman's Club, the Woman's Club of Columbia, Adair County Homemakers, and spearheaded saving the Trabue-Russell house as a historic landmark in Columbia.
She authored a chapter in a book about Ephraim McDowell, published by the Kentucky Medical Associates' Ladies' Auxiliary.
She donated the historic Reeves family home to the Reeves Family Association, providing her large family of relatives a center for activities.
She was an avid gardener, and practiced organic gardening before it became popular. She dearly loved cooking and entertaining friends and family.
The family requests that expressions of sympathy to be in the form of gifts to Hospice, Shiloh Christian Church, and/or Columbia Baptist Church. These can be left at the funeral home.
Grissom-Martin Funeral Home, 200 Campbellsville ST, Columbia, KY, is in charge of arrangements.
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