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COL. NIMA D. (ROGERS) REAVIS

Col. Nima D. (Rogers) Reavis, 52, Avinger, Texas, passed away peacefully Oct. 25, 2012, at her home, surrounded by her husband, family and close friends. 

A memorial service with full military honors was Oct. 26, 2012, at the Hickory Hill Baptist Church in Avinger, Texas.

She was born Sept. 1, 1960, at West Point Military Academy in Newburg, N.Y., to Joe and Shirley Rogers, who preceded her in death. 

Reavis attended Central Heights High School between 1973 and 1977. 

After earning her associate degree in nursing from Amarillo College in 1982, she married Brad Reavis, formerly of Stillwater, Okla. She entered the U.S. Air Force in 1985, following graduation from West Texas State University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing. She went on to earn her master’s degree in management from Wilmington College, Del., and was a board certified medical and surgical nurse. 

Col. Reavis was a command flight nurse with experience in nine different aircraft. She had more than 1,000 flight hours and 21 combat hours. Her outstanding military career spanned 26 years in eight different locations. She received numerous awards and recognitions, including U.S. Armed Forces Legion of Merit, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Force Meritorious Medal, as well as numerous joint service commendations awarded during her many deployments. 

She received the Dolly Vinsant Flight Nurse of the Year in 1990, the highest award to recognize the achievements and contributions of an Air Force flight nurse. After retiring from the military, she accepted a position at Good Shepherd Medical Center in Longview, Texas. 

Nima leaves behind her husband of 29 years, Brad Reavis; her brothers, Scott Rogers, Shreveport, La., and Chip Rogers, Las Vegas; her sisters, Debbie Hagemann, Emporia, Donna Broce, Greeley, and Tracy Lanners, Las Vegas; nieces and nephews, Brandy Alexander, O.J. Broce, Chris, Gregory and Joe D. Rogers, Chelsea Arce, Kimberly and Christian Hagemann; along with five great-nieces and great-nephews. 

Nima was a proud, fun-loving and energetic woman, admired and loved by all who knew her. Her passions included stained glass making, quilting, antiquing, making friends and sharing time with her family. 

Nima was a lifetime members of the Order of the Eastern Star. She was a life member of the American Association of Military Surgeons of the U.S. and the Air Force Assocaition, and a member of Sigma Theta Tau, the international honor society of nursing, and Sigma Beta Delta, an honor society for business management, as well as a plethora of other service and civilian philanthropic organizations, including the Texas Nurses Associations and the Society of Air Force Nurses. 

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Col. Nima Rogers-Reavis Memorial Account, First Option Bank of Osawatomie, 601 Main St., Osawatomie KS 66064, to support a nursing scholarship as a memorial celebrating Nima’s life. 

Condolences may be made at www.reeder-davis.com and www.ottawaherald.com

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