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Reba N. Ries, age 78 of Sterling, died Thursday, May 25, 2017 at Dixon Rehab and Health Care.

Reba was born on July 27, 1938 in Stuttgart, AR., the daughter of Porter and Flora Marie (Escue) Gill. She married Jerome Ries on March 3, 1967 in Dixon. Reba worked in health care for many years. She lived for caring and helping others all her life.

She is survived by her husband, Jerome; three sons, Darrell (Chris) Weathers of Arkansas City, AR, Steven K. Weathers of McAllen, TX and Jody E. Ries of Sterling; two step-sons, Tom Ries of Rockford and Timothy Ries of Sterling; five sisters, Fronda Kay Claeys of Davenport, Sandra Louise Herbon of Dixon, Daphne Jeannette Klopf of Ocala, FL, Flora Wyacille Metstauffer of Sterling and Nomadell Ash of Holly Springs, MS; two grandchildren, Jordan Ries and Heather Morgan; five step grandchildren, Tim Jr, Tyler, Tristan, Jennifer and Jessica Ries and one great grandchild, Anna Zeno.

She is preceded in death by her parents; her daughter, Carol Ann Weathers; one sister, Betty Jo Younger and four brothers, Billy Gene Gill, Larry O'Dell Gill, Lonnie Leon Gill and Jackie Hoyet Gill.

Visitation will be Tuesday, May 30, 2017 from 10:00-11:00 A.M. at the McDonald Funeral Home in Sterling, 505 1st Avenue. Funeral service will follow at 11:00 A.M. at the funeral home with Pastor Myles Kukowski officiating. Burial will conclude at Riverside Cemetery in Sterling.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Harvest Time Bible Church.