Sue "Suzie" Sloan Reeves
Sue Reeves, 78, went to her eternal home with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ
on April 9, 2018, after a long and courageous struggle with Alzheimer's disease.
She was born in Oklahoma City, OK on August 28, 1939, the youngest of three
children of Henry Grady Sloan and Mary Meador Sloan. She was preceded in
death by her parents and is survived by her husband of 50 years, Robert Donald
Reeves, Ph.D., her two sons, Alan Robert Reeves, M.D. and wife Cheryl of
Lenexa, KS and Sherman Winston Reeves, M.D. and wife Becky of Orono, MN;
grandchildren: Carson, Brynn, Alexa, Morgan and Grant Reeves; sister, Virginia
Sloan Lessert of Tyler, TX, and brother, Norman Grady Sloan of Tulsa, OK.
Sue was a proud graduate of the University of Oklahoma, where she majored in
home economics and was a member of Alpha Chi Omega sorority. She loved OU
and would gladly sing the "Boomer Sooner" fight song at any chance. She was
also an amazing guitarist, honing her skills during her college years and summers
as a camp counselor in Oregon and was quick to lead impromptu acoustic sing-alongs
with her family.
Her early career took her to Amarillo, TX as a school teacher, where she was also
a member of the local ski club. She then obtained her master's degree in home
economics at Iowa State University and taught home economics at Ames High
School. While there, she met the love of her life, Robert Reeves, a native of
Lubbock, TX who was pursuing his doctorate at ISU. They were married on July
29, 1967, in Norman, OK. They welcomed their first son, Alan, to the family three
years later. After a move to Little Rock, AR for Robert's new position at the
University of Arkansas College of Medicine, their son Sherman was born three
years later. In 1977 the family moved again to Manhattan, KS, when Robert
accepted a faculty position at Kansas State University.
In Manhattan, Sue, as a homemaker, set to work raising her family and quickly
became an active and beloved member of the community. She was highly
involved in her church, co-teaching the Young Married Couples class with Robert
- a highlight of her church service-as well as serving at various times as both the
pianist and organist. She also served as Den Mother multiple times for her sons'
Cub Scout dens and was involved in the parent-teacher organization at Marlatt
Elementary School. Sue was a master baker and pastry chef, and applied those
skills and her education background to teach classes in her home kitchen on
making holiday breads.
She later returned to employment, spending many years teaching at the Manhattan Area Technical College where she was greatly loved by her students and fellow faculty. She enjoyed long road trip vacations with her family and marked among her achievements a visit to all 50 states. Sue and Robert also traveled to England, Ireland, Italy, Turkey and China.
Sue was kind, friendly, compassionate and caring, with an amazing spiritual gift of
encouraging others. She had a quick wit and could lighten the whole room with
her humor and smile. She loved a good board game, a good pun and the company
of her many good and dear friends. She was always singing, even when doing
routine household chores, manifesting the joyful song ever present in her heart.
She loved her family with a deep and unselfish love, and modeled her love and life
on that of Christ her Lord. She was a blessed peacemaker, and her life demonstrated that she was a child of God. She was a light to our lives and a light to the world, and we will miss her greatly until we are joyously reunited with her in heaven.
The family will greet friends during a visitation from 7:00 until 8:30 p.m. Wednesday April 11, 2018 at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home in Manhattan.
Funeral Services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Thursday April 12, 2018 at the Grace Baptist Church, 2901 Dickens Avenue in Manhattan, with the Pastor Bill Gasser officiating. Interment will follow the service in the Sunrise Cemetery in Manhattan.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the Gideon's International, the Meadowlark Hills Good Samaritan Fund, or the Alzheimer's Disease Association. Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas 66502.
Online condolences may be left for the family through the funeral home website at www.ymlfuneralhome.com
Published on April 10, 2018