OBITUARY: Barbara ‘Jan’ Reason


Barbara “Jan” Reason, age 90, of Columbia, Tennessee, went to be with her Lord and Savior peacefully on January 20, 2023, surrounded by family.

Janell, as she was known, was born in Kirbyton, Kentucky on May 27, 1932, to Thomas and Ellena Piper… The family soon made their way to Michigan.

She met Norton Long, and they were married on June 27, 1953, and were together for over 30 years. A few years later she met Jim Reason and they were married on May 5, 1989, and they were together for over 30 years until he passed away. When they met, Jim started calling her “Jan” and that’s what she was known by from then on.

Jan loved to travel, and her and Jim made many trips together, and she thoroughly enjoyed life. She loved her children and loved and enjoyed every time a new grandchild and great-grandchild was added to the family.

She was a beloved mother to her children, Patti (Bob) Powers, Mark (Lisa) Long and Diane Roe, a precious Grandma to Laura (Jesse) Sheldon, Adam (Ashley) Powers, Kevin (Mandy) Roe, Kellie (Justin) Cole, Haley (Ryan) Fetchko and Alex (Megan) Long, and a loving Great-Grandmother “GiGi” to Collin Sheldon, Melina Sheldon, Andrew Roe, Caroline Roe, Robert Cole, Jackson Powers, Riley Fetchko and Rowan Cole.

In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents and brothers, Charles Piper and Jim Piper.

A funeral service will be held on Monday, January 23, 2023, at 12:30 PM at Heritage Funeral Home with Rick Points officiating. Entombment will follow in Polk Memorial Gardens. A visitation will also be held on Monday from 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM at the funeral home. Heritage Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.


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