Edith Nellie Reese, 79, grocer, war veteran

April 05, 2003

Edith Nellie Reese, former owner of a Carroll County grocery store and World War II veteran, died of liver and kidney failure Monday at Hanover Hall Nursing Center in Hanover, Pa. She was 79.

The former Edith N. Peay was born in Baltimore and raised in Westport. She attended city public schools.

She enlisted in the Women's Army Corps during World War II, and served as a technician with the 15th Hospital Co. at Fort Benning, Ga.

She was married in 1949 to Carroll W. Reese, a steelworker who died in 1997.

The couple lived for many years in Carney before moving to Taneytown, where they owned and operated Reese's Grocery during the 1970s.

Mrs. Reese was a member of American Legion Post 183 in Parkville, and was a member and former chaplain of the Harold H. Bair American Legion Post in Hanover, Pa.

She was a former member of Christus Victor Lutheran Church in Baltimore, and a member of St. Paul's United Church of Christ in New Oxford, Pa.

Mrs. Reese had moved to the Hanover nursing home earlier this year.

A graveside service will be held at 1:30 p.m. tomorrow at York Road Cemetery in Hanover.

She is survived by six sons, Carroll L. Reese of Lewisburg, Pa., Alan C. Reese of Baldwin, Larry C. Reese of Centreville, Gordon L. Reese of Hanover, Pa., Michael L. Reese of Keymar and Gary W. Reese of Mount Airy; a daughter, Marlene D. Harbaugh of Fairfield, Pa.; a sister, Vera E. Johns of Baltimore; two half-sisters, Ellen Summers and Mary Lou Sabin, both of Sayre, Pa.; 16 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-granddaughter.

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