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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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Remembering Jessie Reeves Aaron:
Portraits from a beautiful life

2010-05-26 . Columbia, Adair Co., KY
Jessie Reeves Aaron (1915-2010) The life of an a exceptionally lovely woman who so enriched the lives of Adair Countians for the better part of a century is shared in favorite portraits selected by her daughter, Jane Aaron, to remember the stages in her mother's life, from a pretty teenager, to radiant beauty with the twinkling blue eyes in the center photo, taken January 22, 2007, with a Christmas amaryllis given to her by her daughter Susan Remek. Mrs. Aaron was 91 years old at the time. Mrs. Aaron was the mother of two outstanding men of medicine, the late Dr. Steve Aaron and Dr. Phil Aaron, and shared a lifetime romance with her late husband, Dr. Oris Aaron, long time Columbia surgeon.

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Remembering Jessie Reeves Aaron: On 90th Birthday

2010-05-29 - Photo CM file photo. Cranmer Dining Center, 430 Helen Flatt DR, Columbia, KYThis file photo was posted on March 27, 2005, with this caption,"JESSIE AARON WAS HONORED by family and friends on her 90th birthday Sunday. The special event was held at Cranmer Dining Center on the Lindsey Wilson College campus. With her above are daughters Susie, left, and Jane at right, and son Dr. Steve Aaron who created the special puzzle photo displays with his computerized family album. Jessie's son Phil was called away early and unable to be present for the photo." Jessie Reeves Aaron died Tuesday evening, May 25, 2010. Her funeral is Saturday, May 29, 2010, at 11amCT, at Grissom-Martin Funeral Home, 200 Greensburg ST, Columbia, KY.
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