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At the tender age of 93 our loved one, Ethel Lee Reese (nee Darris), passed away into glory on the beautiful spring morning of April 7 in the year of our Lord 2006.  Ethel enjoyed an extremely healthy life up until a few months before she was taken due to heart failure.  In fact, well into her nineties, Ethel took nothing stronger than Bayer aspirin for the occasional "aches and pains."  Friends and family were greeted by her signature catch phrase "Nothing from Nothing Leaves Nothing" or "I Got You Babe" as she chatted them up by phone in her sunset years at her home in suburban St. Louis.
     Her journey to her St. Louis home began in Greenville, Mississippi in 1912 when she was born to parents George and Daisy Darris on November 23.  During her childhood years she often summered in St. Louis with her uncles Garrett, Eugene and Inman Page Darris.  She seemed destined to live in St. Louis where she would start a large family and leave her legacy.  She is survived by her sons Alex and Benjamin, and joined in glory by twin daughters Ann and Betty, son Chucky, and husband Benjamin. 
     Ethel was no stranger to large families.  She was one of 15 brothers and sisters, including Jack and Aline.  After she left Mississippi, Ethel attended high school in Cleveland, Ohio where she was raised by grandparents Dr. and Mrs. Samuel and Janie Darris.  During one of her summers in St. Louis she met the love of her life and eventual husband, Benjamin Franklin Reese.  Married in the 1930's, Ethel and Benjamin raised their five children at a cottage in the St. Louis suburb of Kinloch, Missouri. Though Benjamin was taken to the arms of God when their five children were very small, Ethel raised Sonny, Ann, Betty, Alex and Chucky into fine and productive adults. By the time of her passing Ethel and Benjamin had left behind a legacy of dozens of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren to carry on the Darris/Reese tradition. 
     She enjoyed her life in St. Louis with gusto! And as an avid St. Louis Cardinals baseball fan, she watched the games on the couch at home and once or twice at the old Busch Stadium. Even up until the end Ethel cheered the Cards from her hospital and nursing home beds at Christian, DePaul, and St. Sophia’s Rehabilitation Center with son Alex, his wife Henri, and grandchildren Deke, Tamara, Grayl, Kimberly,  Gretta, James, Tamee, Lorna, and Socky, along with their spouses Yvette, Kim, Darlene, Billy, Lisa and scores of great-grandchildren, and even great-great-grandchildren visiting at her bedside.
     Ethel will be missed.  Her spirit and love of life lives on in her offspring and theirs.  We will forever hear her say "I Got You Babe" in our hearts, because we know with Mama and Nana, "We Got You..." always.  


Ethel was laid to rest at 10 a.m. on Good Friday, April 14 at Oak Grove Cemetery, 7800 St. Charles Rock Road in St. Louis County, Mo.  In lieu of flowers, please send donations to St. Sophia Health and Rehabilitation Center, 936 Charbonier Road, Florissant, MO  63031.

To learn more about Ethel's family legacy click on this link and learn about how her great-grandfather started it all . . . http://www.blackokelleys.org/Darris.htm

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To Leroy, Yvette and Family   / Ann V. Cason (None)
To Leroy, Yvette and Family,Please accept my deepest sympathy and condolences on the loss of your grandmother.  I had been praying for her on a daily basis and the very day she died, I had asked God to give her peace.  And this He did. ...  Continue >>
My deepest sympathies   / Dawn Lawshee
My condolences to the Reese family - Dawn and Jayson (Daughter and grandson of Henrietta Reese)
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Ethel Reese in 2005
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