(We are sorry that Anniva Reed’s name was misspelled in her obituary in the last issue of The Waynedale News.)
“Ann”iva (Grodrian) Reed, 91 died August 13, 2003, at Covington Manor Nursing Center, where she had been a resident for 5 years.
When she was born her grandmother, who got there first, decided it was her right to name her. She chose an unusual name, after a grand lady she had met in the south. The name was Anniva. Everyone thought it was beautiful and so did Anniva. After many, many years of having it misspelled and pronounced wrong she just started using “Ann” and forgot about the whole name.
In 1998 when she lay in the hospital with seemingly no awareness of anyone, even her family, they decided to start saying “Anniva”, to get her attention and it worked. After two months of being very ill and much therapy, she was well enough to go to a nursing center, where they continued her therapy and also called her Anniva. She responded and in time she was able to walk and push her wheelchair ahead of her on her way to one of the many activities she attended.
She was a happy and busy lady once again. She loved it there and was proud they called her by Anniva. She still was unable to live alone and continued her last 5 years and 2 months at the nursing center. They loved her and she was the only Anniva they knew. Everywhere she went, to doctors, or wherever, the name was continually mispronounced. She, even when very ill, said, to whoever mispronounced it, “My name is Anniva,” not nasty – just explaining my grandmother named me after a grand Southern Lady.” She loved it when someone got it right, as they all did after a time at Covington Manor. While I realize it was my handwriting that caused it to be wrong in the paper. Could you please re-print it with her name correct? It would make me feel better in memory of her wishes.
Sandy Reed (for Anniva Reed with much love).
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