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12-11-21, Mildred Lee Reeves, 99

Our beautiful, strong, caring mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, Mildred Lee Reeves, passed away at the age of 99, on December 11, 2021, surrounded by her loved ones.

Mildred Lee Reeves was born in Pike, Texas, on July 5, 1922, to George and Mamie Sims.

Millie (Mildred) married the love of her life, John C. Reeves (deceased) and they began their life’s journey in 1943. They started out in Texas and moved their way to California. Together they worked hard and built a beautiful life, and took pride in providing for their family and loved ones. Millie was the most selfless, dedicated mother to her special needs son, Craig. He was the reason she stayed so young at heart. Millie suffered from dementia, but never forgot about Craig, and mothered him ‘til her last days.

Millie had a very strong work ethic and an inner strength that amazed so many. She was a legendary waitress for 40 years at the Ojai Valley Inn and retired when she was 84. The simplest pleasures in life brought her joy. She was a true example of grace, kindness, and compassion. Millie was one of the strongest, most positive women to ever walk this earth and our family was so blessed to call her ours.

Millie was a loving mother to Donna Keeter and Craig Reeves. She was the sweetest Mamaw (grandmother) to Stephanie Miles and Brandi Patterson. She was the most precious and proud great-grandmother to Mika and Madden Miles, Brendie, Ellie, and Lacie Patterson. She is also survived by her sister Geraldine Sims Johnston, who wrote her letters weekly and the occasional Facetime calls.

Millie was preceded in death by her son, Dennis Lee; loving husband John (Bill) C. Reeves; parents, George and Mamie Sims; brother, Wendelle Sims; sisters, Maxine Sims and Bertha Denis.

We ask in lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the ARC Ojai Enrichment Center, 210 Cañada St., Ojai, CA 93023. This is where her son Craig attends and is so supported and loved by the staff.

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