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Neva (Forbes) Reece


December 21, 1931  –  January 31, 2020

Neva was born in Madison, Indiana, the daughter of Roy and Ivy Reece (nee Isaac) who preceded her in death. She was an Associate Professor of Psychology at Central Methodist University in Fayette, MO, from 1988-1997, and Adjunct Professor from 1997 until her retirement in 2012. She also served as the Campus Minister from 2007-2009 and then was the pastor at United Methodist in Keytesville, MO and Armstrong Methodist Church in Armstrong, MO.

Neva was a strong and tenacious teacher and Christian. She touched many lives throughout her life in the classroom and between her many community works. A talented performer and author, she was an example of living life bravely and with passion.

Survivors include her three children, Vernon Forbes (Marie) of Columbia, MO, Doug Forbes of Lincoln, NE and Leslie Forbes of Duluth, MN; one niece, Susie Reece and one nephew, Jeff Reece (Anita). She was also preceded in death by two brothers, Nolan Reece and Nathan Reece.




Neva and I were colleagues from Lincoln, Nebraska, and spent many hours together with others of you in ICA work there. If any of you have contact with her children, please extend my sympathies to Leslie and her sons.  She was a woman of great passion, and will be missed. In care,
~~. Carol Kucera Crow



Neva was my close colleague and friend, and for a time she was my secretary when I was pastor of Trinity UCC in Lincoln, Nebraska. We did not keep in touch, but I remember her deep commitment to mission and her dedication to any task she took on. I grieve with my colleagues and her family and friends.

          ~~. Milan Hamilton