Naomi “Terri” Ruth Reese

Naomi “Terri” Ruth Reese of Strafford, Missouri, passed away at her home Sunday, January 10, 2021 at the age 81.

Terri was the daughter of the late Maurice Popejoy, stepfather Clarence Winfrey, and Ruth Winfrey. Terri was born on November 25, 1939 in Lebanon, Missouri.

Terri met her husband, Charles “Bud” Reese, at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. They married October 3, 1959 and went on to have two children, Debra King and Cheryl Urso. Terri and Bud moved to Kirksville, Missouri, in 1972 where she worked with Bud at the Shelter Insurance office. She went on to provide daycare services to many children that grew up to know her as “Grammy”.

In addition to being a dedicated and loving mother, grandmother, sister, and aunt, Terri also loved studying her Bible, traveling, craft projects, and spending time with her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. She was a faithful member of the Landmark Church in Strafford. Throughout her life, she held an unwavering faith in God, which she shared with those who surrounded her.

Terri is preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and half sister Marilyn Winfrey.

She is survived by her sister Ethel Morland; half sister Vada Taylor (Mitchell); two daughters Debra (Robert) King of Kirksville, Missouri and Cheryl (Michael) Urso of Madison, Wisconsin; three grandchildren and spouses Brittany (Kyle) Ballweg, Meghan (Tyler) Martin, Cody (Andriel) King; four great-grandchildren Brenley and Blakely Ballweg, Reese and Lennon Martin; and several nieces and nephews.

The family would like to thank all of the doctors, nurses, and staff at Mercy Hospital for all of their compassionate care. To all of you who have reached out to support our family, we sincerely thank you.

Due to COVID-19 and public safety, the family made the difficult decision to have a private service. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the “I Think I Can Foundation” in Kirksville.

Our tears are for us, for the one we lost, their voice, their touch, yet we know they are okay. No more pain or sorrow; reunited with their loved ones.

Arrangements are under the direction of Travis-Noe Funeral Home in Kirksville, MO.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the “I Think I Can Foundation” and may be left at or mailed to Travis-Noe Funeral Home, P.O. Box 306, Kirksville, MO 63501.