Cordella Reese

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On Sunday, September 26, 2021, Cordella Reese, loving Mother of four children, passed away at age 70. Cordella was born on July 7, 1951, in Columbus, OH to Lucille Reese Hall and Cordell Reese.

Cordella was a phenomenal woman, and she knew it. She was bold, strong, fearless, and beautiful. Growing up she attended South High School. She married David Martin in 1968 and they had 4 children together (Monique, Merchelle, David & Harold Martin). She later married Ainsley McCalla and had several businesses together before he passed away. She enjoyed being an entrepreneur, cooking and traveling. She lived the majority of her life between South Florida and Ohio.

Cordella had a passion for cooking. She also loved to serve and have fun, and she combined her two favorite hobbies when she entertained her family and friends. Her food had always been her way to give back and show love. She was also an avid music and animal lover. She was known for her classiness, infectious beauty, and her kind and compassionate spirit.

Cordella was preceded in death by her father, mother, and sisters Kay, Angela, and brother William.

She is survived and always remembered by her four children, Monique, Merchelle, David, and Leo, her loving sisters Sherita Reese and Brenda Thomas, grandchildren Anthony Phillips, Monet McCalla, Jason and Justin Campbell and many family and friends. We all come from God and to God we will all return.





Visitation 10:00 AM and Funeral Service 11:00 AM Wednesday, October 6, 2021 at MARLAN J. GARY FUNERAL HOME, THE CHAPEL OF PEACE EAST, 5456 E. Livingston Ave. (one block east of Noe Bixby, turn North on Lonsdale Rd.). Interment at Evergreen Burial Park.


Preferred Florists: Oberer’s Flowers-Columbus 614-342-8911

Condolence Messages

  1. I’ll miss you cuz! Most of all I’ll miss your smile that lit up the world.
    Until we meet again.

    Libby Reese

  2. Please accept my deepest condolences.. May your beautiful mom Rest In Peace and watch over your family from above

  3. Sheila Mitchell

    My sincere condolences, prayers and deepest sympathy to you and your family, love Sheila Mitchell &Family

  4. My deepest condolences to a very rare women she was the best mother in law I could of ever ask for. She will be miss dearly she is in God hand we miss you very much. May God bless rest your soul. Sleep in peace my wonderful mother in Law

  5. My deepest of sympathy to my dearest cousins may God be with you all individually, Monique, Merchelle, David, Harold, in your time of loss.

  6. Cheryl McClendon

    Words can’t express my feelings. I’ll Always Remember her Beautiful Smile. And. that Genuine Laughter. RIP

  7. She was a gift to all whom she graced with her presence. My prayers for Monique, Merchelle, David, Harold, extended family and friends during your grief. May you be blessed with God’s comfort(Matthew 5:4) and the hope you will reunite again(John 11:25-26).

  8. My prayers to Merchelle and siblings, and other family. May the Lord comfort you all in your grieving moments. Be Blessed.

  9. Mark and Angie Silagy

    To our sweet Merchelle and family. We are so sorry for the loss of your beautiful mother. Sending love and prayers from the Silagy family.

  10. I will never forget you. From first time I met you , you made me feel welcomed and just like family. That showed me that you had a kind heart and a gentle spirit. I was unable to see you off but; I pray to God we meet again. I will miss you sis. May God bless your family. Signed with Prayers and Blessings.

  11. Terehasa C Lee-MChunganji

    I’m sorry that I never got to meet her in person. My heartfelt condolences to family and friends. She truly left a legacy to be proud of.

  12. Terehasa C Lee-MChunganji

    I’m sorry that I never got to meet her in person. My heartfelt condolences to family and friends. She truly left a legacy to be proud of.

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