07/30/1932 – 10/25/2021
Barbara Blakey Reed died on October 25, 2021 at her home along the Maumee River in Perrysburg, Ohio, where she has lived for most of the past 47 years surrounded by dear friends and her three children.
Born July 30, 1932 in Vicksburg, Mississippi, to Alva Craig and Kathleen Blakey, Barbara spent part of her early childhood during World War II in Birmingham, Alabama, and then in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where her father was an engineer. civil. and her mother worked as a children’s librarian.
Barbara continued her education in California where she attended Scripps College. There she met and later married her husband Richard (Dick) Palmer Sabin on July 6, 1952.
Barbara’s three special weddings marked distinct and memorable periods in her long and interesting life.
Her marriage to Dick Sabin until 1973 included the arrival of her three children, Rick, Betsy and Kitsy. Their early years were spent in San Jose, California. In the early 1960s, Barbara and her young family moved to Valencia, Venezuela, where Dick worked in the Owens-Illinois international division. After a two-year tour of Venezuela, the family moved to Toronto for a one-year position before moving to the Toledo area, living in the Ottawa Hills.
Barbara’s marriage to Charles (Chas) Lockhart McKelvy, Jr., President of the First National Bank of Toledo, brought her to Perrysburg, which marked the start of a very happy and busy 25-year chapter. Both were deeply involved in the great community of Toledo. Barbara’s interests included the Junior League of Toledo, the Toledo Museum of Art, Maumee Valley Country Day School, United Way of Greater Toledo, Colonial Dames, and the Country Garden Club of Perrysburg. They also had a multitude of great friendships.
A favorite pastime was fly fishing with friends in Alaska, Idaho, the Bahamas and in the “holy waters” of the Au Sable River, where they enjoyed their beloved Camp Shoppenagon in Grayling, In. Michigan. They have also filled their lives with many trips across Europe and Africa.
After Chas McKelvy’s death in 1999, Barbara married Timothy Snook Reed, a longtime friend from their stay in Venezuela. Tim’s love for world travel, blues music, and literature has filled their years together, including Barbara’s time reconnecting with her roots in the South. Their regular travels across the United States and the world, their network of close friends, their large extended families, their shared love for literature, and their skilled bridge competition have created a remarkably active social program and brought them great life. many happy years until Tim’s death in 2017.
Barbara’s longtime friends in Miami, Santa Fe, and California were a source of great joy to her, and she maintained strong bonds throughout her life. Barbara was a generous and seemingly effortless host to anyone in her orbit, bringing simple elegance to any event or engagement. She was an incomparably cultured and enthusiastic conversationalist on a range of subjects including history, politics, the arts and world events.
Barbara was equally at ease with her grandchildren and their friends, remaining deeply engaged in their social lives during college and beyond with their families across the country. Her family, friends and passions have always benefited from the loyalty, quick-wittedness, sagacity, attention to detail and the gracious confidence expressed in all that she has pursued in a lifetime. filled with adventures, celebrations and experiences. Her grandchildren remain grateful for her love and unwavering expectations for their respect for good manners and the intricacies of English grammar.
Barbara Blakey Reed is survived by the children, Richard Palmer Sabin, Jr. (Rick & Mary), Mary Elizabeth Kelsey (Betsy & Reeve), Kathleen Sabin Choka (Kitsy & Byron) all of Perrysburg, Ohio; six grandchildren, Elizabeth Kelsey Scruggs (John), Sarah Kelsey Ricketts (Ben), Barbara Kelsey Ploshay (Evan), Charles Craig Choka (Elyse), Kathleen Blakey Choka and Katherine Anne Sabin; eight great-grandchildren; stepchildren, Charles Lockhart McKelvy (Ken), Taylor McKelvy Lupica (Mike), Johnson Stoddard McKelvy (Janice), Peter Martin Reed (Karen), Karen Melissa Reed (Thomas), Christopher Paul Reed (Diane), Timothy Mark Reed ( Jennifer) and Andrew William Reed (Kim); and beloved friends, Judith and David Enstone.
The family expresses their sincere thanks and thanks to the longtime supporters of Barbara, Joel Sondys and Anna Durham.
A memorial service will be held on Thursday, December 2, 2021 at St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church in Perrysburg on a date to be announced later. Arrangements have been made at Witzler-Shank-Walker Funeral Home, Perrysburg (419-874-3133). The family is requesting that all memorials be sent to the Toledo Art Museum, Maumee Valley Country Day School, or St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church. Condolences can be presented online to the family at walkerfuneralhomes.com
Posted by The Blade on Oct 31, 2021.