Sally Ann Reeder

1931 - December 31, 2020

MRS. SALLY ANN REEDER of Daytona Beach Shores, Florida passed away on Thursday, December 31, 2020.

Obituary for Sally Ann Reeder

MRS. SALLY ANN REEDER of Daytona Beach Shores, Florida passed away on Thursday, December 31, 2020.

Sally, as she preferred to be called, was born on July 19, 1931 in St. Joseph, Michigan to Paul and Edna Barlow. At the age of 13 her family moved to St. Petersburg, Florida in search of a better life for her father who had been combat wounded in World War I. They later moved to Coral Gables where she graduated from High School, went on to get married and had 3 daughters, Linda, Cheryl, and Joy. When they finished High School and went to Georgia Southern University, she herself went back to college and studied accounting and business management.

 She worked for over 25 years as Chief Financial Officer for Cooper Oldsmobile in Coral Gables and upon the closing of Oldsmobile and her dealership, she worked as a consultant for several other dealers in that area. She stayed on with Oldsmobile for a few months working in their closure and her work was noted in a book chronicling their demise. This was a sad moment in her life to see so many employees suddenly be out of work with just hours notice.

 While living in Coral Gables she was an active member of the Congregational church and later attended the Presbyterian Church of Daytona Beach Shores. In Coral Gables she was active in the Museum of Science, the Girl Scouts and PTO for her daughters’ schools.

 She was a gifted athlete and enjoyed ice skating and winter sports, swimming, bowling, and water skiing. In her last years she regularly swam and did water aerobics. She had been an active member of the Greater Miami Water Ski Club leading many events that benefited the Junio Skiers in the sport. Her daughter Cheryl was a competition swimmer and water polo player. She led her daughter Joy to National Water Ski titles. And Linda, of course, went on too many National Water Ski, World Records and Championships.

 She was an expert card player and enjoyed playing with her friends, playing in several bridge clubs and almost nightly games in her condo. Sally was active in the Tillandsia Garden Club of Daytona and was proud of their projects that benefited the community. Her main interest in her later years was in Arts and Crafts. She made hundreds of décor and gift items for every holiday of the year and gave them all away to friends and complete strangers.

 She was described as “a ray of light in a sometimes very dark world.” She never met a stranger and was graceful in all matters. Her boundless energy will be missed by all.

She was pre-deceased by her husband Cliff Reeder and her daughters Joy Leavengood and Cheryl Jones. She is survived by her daughter Linda Giddens and son-in-law Leonard Giddens of Eastman, son-in-law Dickie Jones of Miami, grandsons Lance Giddens of Boston, Mass, Brad Jones of Big Pine Key, Florida, granddaughter Heather Burkhart of Miami, and 4 great grandchildren.

Her family was served by Dale Woodard Funeral Home in Daytona and Stokes-Southerland Funeral Home assisted the family locally.

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