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06/11/18 - NNHS Newsletter - Ruth Reece Horace

Ruth Ann Reece Horace
(17 Aug 1948 - 06 June 2018)

Newport News High School Class of 1967

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   I am crushed to bring you this sad news today.  Ruth Reece Horace, Class of 1967, wife of Harry Horace of FL, passed away unexpectedly in Boston Massachusetts on Wednesday, June 06, 2018 at the age of 69.

   Sister of Bill Reece ('68) of ID and Kathy Reece Burke (NNHS / Warwick HS - '72) of VA, and of the late Garland Reece ('70) (08 Jan 1952 - 23 Mar 2001), she was the daughter of the late Bill Reece and the late Ruth Bledsaul Reece.

From Kathy Reece Burke (NNHS / Warwick HS - '72) of VA - 06/09/18, 11:20 PM:

My sister, Ruth Reece Horace, passed away and we have lost another Typhoon.

Viewing is 6 to 7 Friday night for family, 7 to 8 for friends at Wilder Funeral Home in Homossasa, Florida.
Funeral is at 1pm at Lecanto Chapel. Meal there after graveside service.

   Oh, Kathy, I am so very sorry! I really didn't know Ruthie in high school, but met her when I joined the church on March 01, 1967. Your mother was our first Visiting Teacher, and nurtured and mentored my mother, my sister, and me as new members. Ruth became one of my first subscribers when I opened the NNHS65 site to members of all classes in 2003, and I always loved hearing from her. You and your family have my sincerest condolences.

From the Wilder Funeral Home (FL) - 06/09/18:

From the Daily Press - 06/11/18:

      Ruth Reece Horace
      LECANTO, FLORIDA - Ruth Ann Horace, 69, of Lecanto, FL, passed away suddenly on Wednesday, June 6, 2018, at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, MA, while visiting her husband who was working in Plymouth, MA.

A native of Newport News, VA, Ruth was born August 17, 1948, to William Andrew and Annie Ruth (Bedsaul) Reece.

One of four children, Ruth moved to Lecanto in 1994 from Barnwell, SC, and was a full time faithful and devoted member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Lecanto Ward, for 24 years, but actually began her membership there in 1978.




Ruth’s main passion in her life was always her family. She was especially active in her children’s school life as they were growing up, supporting their activities in Future Farmers of America, 4H Club, school sports, band, and church. In her younger days, she helped support the family through various employment opportunities, including substitute teaching; as a certified nursing assistant at Citrus Memorial Hospital, Inverness, and Surrey Place, Lecanto, as well as working for Dow Chemical Company.

In addition to her parents, Ruth was preceded in death by a son, Jonathan Michael Horace on July 1, 2005, and a brother, Garland Dale Reece, in 2001.

She is survived by her husband of over 48 years, Harry S. Horace, Jr., Lecanto, FL; daughter Amy Michelle Horace-Sanders. Lecanto, FL; daughter Sheri Ann Frickey (husband Douglas), Dothan, AL; daughter Sandra Ruth Horace, Lecanto, FL; and, daughter Kimberly Gladys Peacock (husband Michael), Chiefland, FL; brother William D. Reece (wife Vicki), McCammon, Idaho; sister Mary Kathleen Burke (husband Charles), Lecanto, FL; and, grandchildren Elaina, Benjamin, Jayna, Aurora, Amadea, Jace, Tyke, Kylie, Lily and Cord.

Family will be received on Friday, June 15, 2018, from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. at Wilder Funeral Home, Homosassa, FL. Friends will be received on Friday, June 15, 2018, from 7:00 to 8:00 P.M. at the same location.

Funeral Service will take place on Saturday, June 16, 2018, at 1:00 P.M. at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Lecanto Ward, 3474 W. Southern St., Lecanto, FL 34461, with Bishop Jerry Campbell officiating.

Friends will also be received on Saturday at church from 12:00 noon until service time. Dedication of the grave and interment follows at Stage Stand Cemetery, Homosassa Springs, FL.

Wilder Funeral Home, Homosassa, FL, is in charge of the arrangements. 352-628-3344. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at   

Published in Wilder Funeral Home on June 09, 2018.
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Published in Daily Press on June 11, 2018.
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June 09, 2018
I served in the library at church with Ruth. She and I would read LDS novels while serving there. We both love Anita Stansfield's book. We would trade back and forth to read and discuss our books. We had our own book club in that library. She truly was my angel when we were living in the Lecanto ward.

- Kelly Babb

June 10, 2018
I grew up with the Reece family in Newport News, VA. All wonderful people. My prayers and thoughts go out to her family. Kathy, if I can help you in any way, please let me know.

- Lane Messer

June 11, 2018
Offering our deepest condolences during this difficult time.

- Staff of Wilder Funeral Home, Homosassa, Florida

June 11, 2018

So sorry for your loss. May the God of All Comfort and mercy give the family hope and peace during this time of sadness (
Jeremiah 29:11).

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   Our deepest sympathies are extended to Ruthie's family, friends, and classmates at this difficult time.


From Lane Ledford Messer - 06/10/18:

So sorry, Kathy. I remember your sister well. She was a wonderful person. Prayers to you and your family.

  From Betty Brockwell McClure ('58) of MA - 06/10/18:

I'm so sorry, Kathy.

From Pattie Barnes Garcia (NNHS / Warwick HS - '72) of TX - 06/10/18:

So sorry to hear. Prayers and sympathy.

From Lacy Makins - 06/10/18:  

My deepest sympathies.

From Debbie Braswell Miller ('67) of VA - 06/10/18:

I am so sorry for your loss. Prayers for you and your family.

From Sonny Williams - 06/10/18:

Sorry for your loss. My condolences and prayers for you and your family.

From Jim Docherty ('65) - 06/10/18:

So sorry for your loss, prayers for you all.

From Kathy Morrow Glazier ('67) of VA - 06/10/18:

Deepest condolences to the family!

 From Barbara Houston ('68) of Northern VA - 06/10/18:

I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your sister.

 From Barbara Brotzman Myers Stover ('68) of NJ - 06/10/18:

So sorry to hear.

From Susan Price ('68) of VA - 06/10/18:

So sorry about Ruth's passing. May your family continue to feel God's mighty presence surrounding you all with love.

From Wayne Vest ('67) of GA - 06/10/18:

Praying for you and your family. God Bless!

From Marty Whitmore McCoy ('67) of VA - 06/10/18:

So sorry to hear of Ruth's passing - we will keep your family in our prayers.

 From Cheryl Mays Howard ('66 / '67) of VA - 06/10/18:

I am so sorry for your loss! Prayers.

From Jeanette McDonald Hornsby ('66) of SC - 06/10/18:

Hate to lose another Typhoon! Prayers going up!

From Patsy Bloxom Meider ('57) of NC - 06/10/18:

Sorry for your loss.

From Deloris Jackson Morgan ('66) of VA - 06/10/18:

Rest in Heavenly Peace, Mighty Typhoon Ruth!

From Linda Estes Kerlin - 06/10/18:

So sorry for your loss.

From Judy Lamberth Wheeler - 06/10/18:

Prayers for you and your family.

  From Brenda Shepard McCoy ('67) of VA - 06/10/18:

So sorry for your loss; you're in my thoughts and prayers.

From Martha Warren Jackson - 06/10/18:

So very sorry to hear of Ruth Ann's passing. Prayers for all.

From Thelma Baker ('65) of VA - 06/10/18:

Condolences to you and family.

From Betty Siam Burge - 06/10/18:

My deepest condolences. I always sat with her on the bus going to school. She was great in Fencing. Sad to know she passed away.

From Cathy Richardson Baab ('68) of VA - 06/10/18:

So sorry.

From Theresa Fay Smith - 06/10/18:

I'm so sorry, Kathy.

From Ed Spikes - 06/10/18:

Sorry to hear that, Kathy.

 From Jerry Blanchard ('62) of VA - 06/11/18:


   This information is also posted here:

  Y'all take good care of each other! TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309

Where Can I Turn For Peace?

Words by Emma Lou Thayne (b. 1924)
Music by Jolene G. Meredith (b. 1935)

Where can I turn for peace? Where is my solace
When other sources cease to make me whole?
When with a wounded heart, anger, or malice,
I draw myself apart, Searching my soul?

Where, when my aching grows, Where, when I languish,
Where, in my need to know, where can I run?
Where is the quiet hand to calm my anguish?
Who, who can understand? He, only One.

He answers privately, Reaches my reaching
In my Gethsemane, Savior and Friend.
Gentle the peace he finds for my beseeching.
Constant he is and kind, Love without end.

"Where Can I Turn for Peace?" midi (and available sheet music) courtesy of;
extracted with the kind assistance of my # 5 son, Nathaniel Harty of IL - 02/03/05
Thanks, Nathaniel!

"Where Can I Turn for Peace?" lyrics courtesy of - 01/27/05

Greg Olsen Paintings courtesy of – 03/15/05

Army Seal clip art courtesy of Al Farber ('64) of GA - 05/24/06 (still missing...)
Thanks, Al!
Replaced by Norm Covert ('61) of MD - 02/09/09
Thanks, Norm!

Animated USMC Flag clip art courtesy of - 06/18/03 

Navy Seal clip art courtesy of - 05/29/06   

Flower Bar # 32 Divider Line clip art courtesy of - 02/11/09

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