Reva Buckman was born the daughter of Frank and Elsie (Ball) Bane on July 26, 1931, in Nickerson, Kansas, and departed this life December 14, 2014, at West Vue Nursing Center in West Plains, Missouri, at the age of 83 years.
Reva attended an elementary country school in Lyons, Kansas, and graduated from Lyons High School with the class of 1949.
She was united in marriage on March 6, 1950, in Sterling, Kansas, to William Roy Buckman and to this union, three children were born, Rebecca, William, and Daryl. In the year of 1961, Bill, Reva, and their family moved to Griswold, Iowa for employment. Upon Bill’s retirement, they moved to Koshkonong, Missouri.
She was united in marriage on December 28, 2003 at Peace Valley, Missouri, to Paul Neal Woody.
She is survived by her husband, Neal Woody of West Plains, Missouri; her daughter, Rebecca Buckman of Atlantic, Iowa; her sons, William Buckman and wife, Janet of Branson, Missouri and Daryl Buckman and wife, Linda of Omaha, Nebraska; one step-son, Steve Woody and wife, Kellie of Peace Valley, Missouri; one step-daughter, Katie Thompson of Peace Valley, Missouri; one sister, Ann Eva (Merle) Buckbee of Tescott, Kansas; eight step-grandchildren; one step great-granddaughter; other relatives and many friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Frank and Elsie Bane; her husband, Bill Buckman; and two brothers, Ernest and Allen Bane.
Reva often shared memories of her childhood years with family and friends and was especially fond of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. She recalled this movie was released during the depression when money was scarce, so the local theater adopted a policy of allowing a child to be admitted free if being held by a parent. One of her favorite memories, was being held by her father at the age of 12, while standing in line to see Dopey, her favorite dwarf.
Reva had several interests. One, she and Neal enjoyed was traveling. In the winter months, her time was spent knitting and crocheting afghans, sweaters, and other items.
Reva discovered the art of woodworking at the age of 62 years. Her first project was a gazebo built from blue prints, not a kit. Prior to this undertaking, she had never built anything, but was determined until completed. Those who knew Reva also know that she was a very determined individual. This determination helped her through several difficult times in her life.
She was a member of the Chapel Hill Baptist Church in Thayer, Missouri.
She will be remembered for the devotion to her family and will be greatly missed by all who knew her.
Funeral services will be Saturday, December 20, 2014 at 10:00 AM in the Carter Funeral Home Chapel at Thayer, with Reverend Gary Hirsch officiating. Friends may pay their respects Friday evening, December 19th from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at the Carter Funeral Home Chapel in Thayer. Burial will be in the Thayer Cemetery with services under the direction of Carter Funeral Home, Inc. in Thayer.