Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

`Never-Bored' Educator Dies

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

`Never-Bored' Educator Dies

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JACKSONVILLE BEACH -- Reba Reeves, an educator who never truly

retired, died July 2 at Hospice Northeast. She was 83.

"I don't believe I'll find the time to be bored," Mrs. Reeves

once said in a newspaper article when she retired from her

position as principal of Seabreeze Elementary School.

Mrs. Reeves retired from the Duval County School District in

1977 after 37 years in the system, including 11 years as the

Seabreeze principal. Born Sept. 22, 1913, Mrs. Reeves began

teaching in 1934 in her hometown of Valdosta, Ga.

After Mrs. Reeves taught at Mayport Elementary and Atlantic

Beach Elementary, she went to San Pablo Elementary for nine

years and was assistant principal at Mayport Elementary for one

year before heading to Seabreeze.

Two months before her death, Mrs. Reeves' activity calendar was

full, according to her sister, Christine Templer, of Alabama.

"When I would tell her we were getting too old and she should

slow down, she said, `I would go crazy if I did not have

anything to do,'" Templer said.

It wasn't until Mrs. Reeves was diagnosed with pancreatic

cancer after surgery in May that she rested.

Mrs. Reeves' granddaughter Rebecca Harding, said the woman kept

busy taking food to the needy, sitting with patients and

planning to host her next monthly study club meeting. Her

husband, Samuel W. Reeves, died in 1972.

"She was a very caring, loving person who gave her life and

service," said June Fuller, a friend.

"With her, it was whoever was in need, that was who she would

help," said Jean McCormick, the first person Mrs. Reeves met

when she arrived in Jacksonville Beach in 1939. "If it meant

holding their hand or fixing their dinner, she would do it."

Mildred Brice was an elementary school teacher while Mrs.

Reeves was principal at Seabreeze. …

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