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Grace L. (Butler) Reef

December 21, 1922 ~ March 18, 2021 (age 98)

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Grace Lavina Reef, 98, died on Thursday, March 18, 2021 at Indiana University Health Ball Memorial Hospital. Grace was born Friday, December 1, 1922, in Tipton County, IN, the daughter of  Mary B. ( White) and Seth Butler.


Grace resided in Muncie since 1960. After selling a business in 1978 that she and her husband, George J. Reef, operated for more than 20 years, she worked at a local law firm. Upon retirement Grace became more involved in volunteer activities including work at Ball Memorial Hospital, Minnetrista Cultural Center, Muncie Health and Rehabilitation Nursing Home and Garfield Elementary School. She was active in the League of Women Voters and was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Unitarian Universalist Church.


Grace loved to read and she thrived on learning. She was a longtime member of the Association of Lifelong Learners (ALL) and its White River Bend Discussion Group. Following a stroke in 2010, Grace was able to call upon a list of generous friends to help her. Being on this list meant you would be called, but not too often, as the list was a long one.


Surviving her are her children, Mary Jo Reef, Pittsburgh PA; Suzanne Reef Magers, Brownsburg, IN; and Gregory R. Reef, Indianapolis. Also surviving are four grandchildren, Elizabeth Irastorza, Jack F. Reef, Elliott J. and Joseph M. Reef Magers; a great grandchild, Erik August lrastorza, and four nieces and four nephews, including Kenneth Haymaker (wife Karen) of Muncie.


She was preceded in death by her, husband, parents, son, John S. Reef and daughter-in-law Susan, a brother and a sister.


Grace and her family were thankful for the wonderful people who cared for her and made her continued life at home possible.


  Memorial services will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Church at a later time. Memorials may be sent to the Unitarian Universalist Church, 4800 W. Bradford Drive, Muncie, IN 47304.    

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