Mary Karolyn Spillman Reams 1929-2017

Mary Karolyn Spillman Reams, 88, of Greenup, KY passed away on Friday, April 7, 2017 at her home surrounded my her loved ones and Boo, her life long Fox Terrier friend.

Mrs. Reams was born on April 2, 1929 in Keystone, WV; a daughter of the late Karl Thomas Spillman and Sudie Forester Spillman.

She was a homemaker and mother to five children and loved her dog "Boo"; she was an enthusiastic Dog Breeder, Owner, and Handler of Smooth Hair Fox Terriers; Kentucky Colonel and a Music Graduate from Centre College in Danville, KY. She Raised, Bred, and Trained Champion American Saddle Bred Horses at Rivendell Farm; Member of American Fox Terriers Association, DAR, and Colonial Dames. She loved Opera and frequented the Metropolitan Opera House in New York; member of the Huntington Opera Guild; and a long time member of the First Baptist Church in Ashland, KY.

Mrs. Reams is survived by her loving husband of 66 years, Gerald Brock Reams MD; two sons: Gerald Brock Reams Jr. ( Boyd District Judge) and his wife Mary Beth of Ashland, KY and Mark Thomas Reams DMD of Louisville, KY; three daughters: Mary Martha Reams MD of Ashland, KY; Carol Anne Hromyak and her husband George of Frankfort, KY; and Lynn Ellen Shelburne DMD and her husband Robert of Taylorsville, KY; one sister, Martha Spillman McGuire and her husband EE of Ashland, KY; nine grandchildren: Devon, Chelsey, Dana, Whitney, Allison, Gray, Abby, Maggie, and Leah; three great grandchildren and a host of extended family and friends.

Funeral Service will be held at 2 PM, Sunday, April 9, 2017 at Bailey Family Funeral Home in Flatwoods, KY.

Visitation will be from 12 PM until time of Service.


In lieu of flowers donations may be made in her honor to Ashland Animal Rescue Fund (PO Box 2061, Ashland, KY 41105). Condolences may be expressed at


#16 Pam Mullins 2017-04-11 10:48
So sorry for your loss. Prayers for you and your family.
#15 Rosemary 2017-04-09 23:47
We are very sorry for your loss. May the Lord comfort and strengthen you during this most difficult time.
Rosemary Hampton Mitchell (daughter of Gideon & Leona Hampton) and Carolyn Mitchell Bradley
#14 Ron Woodward 2017-04-09 21:02
Dr. Gerald & Dr Mary Reams,
I am so sorry for your loss. I just now found out of your wife and mothers passing. I live in Lexington Kentucky and did not know in time to express my condolences any other way. My heart goes out to you and your family.

Ron Woodward
#13 michael simmons 2017-04-09 17:21
Sharing in Your Sorrow. May these words of sympathy, help to comfort you today, and may loving memories bring you comfort, warmth and peace. Mike and Teddie Simmons

#12 Jim & Jim Franklin 2017-04-09 15:33
Dear Jerry and Lynn,

Jim and I are so sad to hear of Karolyn's passing. She was good woman, a good friend, a kind competitor, a top breeder, and will be missed forever.

I know the sadness you are feeling, and hope our prayers will help in this sad time.

With love for you all.
#11 Crystal Sheaves 2017-04-09 13:46
My heart goes out to the family. When I was about 12 years old the Reams gave me Ch. Rivendell Professor Higgens to show in junior handling. Eight years ago my husband and I brought home Ch. Rivendell Jet Boo and Ch. Rivendell Ooh la la. We kept in touch with cards and Facebook over the years. Karolyn will truly be missed and I can't thank the Reams enough for the precious gifts that have blessed my life. God Bless!
#10 Kellie Nightingale 2017-04-09 04:59
So very sorry to hear of Karolyn's passing. My short acquaintance with her was pleasant and I know she touched the hearts of close family and friends. My condolences to the family.
#9 Patricia Rhodes 2017-04-09 04:25
Devan, So sorry for your loss.
#8 Jerry Jane Parker 2017-04-08 20:33
I am so sorry to hear this news. I loved Sadie so much. I really was only around her children a ffew times, but I am a descendent of Grant Forester who was my great grandfather. So Karolyn and I were cousins, but I don't know how close. May God bring comfort to the entire family.
#7 Joyce & Bill Krause 2017-04-08 15:23
Our sincere condolences to my dear cousin Gerald and his family in the loss of Karolyn. We will miss her very much. You're all in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.

Your loving cousins,
Joyce & Bill Krause

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