Pauline (Polly)  Reese


Pauline (Polly) A. Reese, 94, Juniper Place at Greencroft, Goshen, formerly of Elkhart, passed away Friday, June 7, at Greencroft Gables, after a brief illness.
She was born March 30, 1925, in South Bend, to Bruce Day and Grace (Buck) Day.
After Polly's father was saved, she saw the change it made in his life and she accepted Christ as her Savior at the age of 12.
On Aug. 1, 1943, Polly married the love of her life, Robert P. Reese, the future owner of Reese Products, Elkhart, who she met when she was 14. He preceded her in death April 2016 after celebrating 72 years of marriage in 2015.
Polly was, first and foremost, a wife and mother and invested her life in her family as a homemaker. She loved her children and was a wonderful example to them of a woman of faith. Her grandchildren and great-grandchildren brought much joy to her life.
Surviving are three children, Terrell (Judy) Reese, Elkhart, Donna (James) Geurink, Valparaiso, Kathy (James) Leichty, Goshen; five grandchildren, Michael (Katrina) Geurink, Westminster, South Carolina, Michele Geurink, South Africa, Marlene Geurink, South Bend, Rebekah Reese, Portsmouth, Virginia, and John (Kristen) Leichty, Goshen. Also surviving are six great-grandchildren, Ian, Vivian, Gabriella and Jesse Geurink, Westminster, South Carolina, and Alyssa and Aubrey Leichty, Goshen. She is also survived by a brother, Jerry (Shirley) Day, Columbus.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Bob; and her older brother, Joe Day, South Bend.
Polly was a member of First Baptist Church of Elkhart, Bristol, for 68 years. In recent years, as her health declined, she attended First Baptist Church, Goshen. Polly and Bob were very involved in the ministry of First Baptist Church of Elkhart. She served as a deacon's wife, a deaconess and taught Sunday school to kindergarten children for a number of years. She also hosted Child Evangelism Clubs in her home. Polly and Bob loved the Lord and loved His work and were blessed to be able to help and support many missionaries, mission organizations and Christian colleges through the years.
Visitation will be from 2-4 p.m. and for one hour prior to the 6 p.m. service at First Baptist Church of Elkhart, 53953 C.R. 17, Bristol, on Thursday, June 13. Pastor Emeritus John Blodgett will be presiding, and burial will follow at 11 a.m., Friday, June 14, at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens, Osceola.
The family would like to express their sincere gratitude to the health care workers at Greencroft Gables, Goshen, for their dedicated, compassionate and loving care for Polly during her final illness.
Memorial contributions may be given to Baptist Children's Home, 354 West St., Valparaiso, IN 46383.
Waterman Westbrook Clouse Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.
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Published on June 12, 2019
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