Reba Callen Packard

Apr 17, 2014

Dec. 14, 1913 — March 13, 2008

MAUMEE — Reba Callen Packard, 94, died March 13 at St. Luke’s Hospital in Maumee.

She was born Dec. 14, 1913 near Centerville, Iowa to James Riley Callen and Fannie Bliss (Glick) Callen.

She was the second of five children, one of whom survives. She graduated from Moravia, Iowa High School in 1931 and subsequently attended five colleges in three states, ultimately obtaining her bachelor’s degree from Ashland College in 1964. A lifelong educator, she taught more than 30 years in schools in Iowa, Wisconsin and Ohio, including more than 22 years teaching second grade in Norwalk. In 1979, the National Teacher’s Association named Reba the Teacher of the Year.  

 She married John H. Packard on Dec. 31, 1939, and they took up residence in Kenosha, Wis. In 1957, the family moved to Norwalk, where Reba continued her teaching career and John worked in homebuilding.

Upon retirement, Reba and John relocated to Sun City, Ariz. where they lived for several years and then to Virginia to be near their son. After John’s death in 1999, Reba remained in Virginia, later moving to Ohio in 2003 to be near their daughter, where she lived at the Lutheran Village at Wolf Creek retirement campus in Holland.  

Over the years, Reba belonged to and served in many organizations including Ohio Teacher’s Association, the National Teacher’s Association, the Order of the Eastern Star, and most recently, Hope United Methodist Church in Whitehouse.  

She is survived by her children, Mary Beth Lutton (Mike) of Whitehouse and Charles Packard (Nancy) of Charlottesville, Va.; several grandchildren, and great-grandchildren; a sister, Glee Dayton of Perry, Iowa.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John; daughter, Margaret; two sisters and a brother.   

A memorial service will be held at a later date in Moravia, Iowa.

Memorial gifts can be sent to Hope United Methodist Church, 10610 Waterville St., Whitehouse, Ohio.