Vera Lorraine King Reed, formerly of 505 Tulip Lane, Three Rivers, died at the age of 102 on June 9, 2011, in Birmingham, Ala.
She was born in a home in Three Rivers on Oct. 25, 1908, the first of three daughters born to Orville H. and Myrtle Viola (Gentzler) King.
She graduated from Three Rivers High School in 1925 and became the first full-time secretary for the Superintendent of Schools, Mr. Carrick.
In 1931 she married T. Morris Reed and they moved into the home they built at 111 N. Lincoln in Three Rivers.
For many years she was organist at the Bible Church, St. John’s Lutheran Church and Church of the Nazarene. She accompanied many students on the piano when they played their instruments in state contests.
When her children were in high school, she returned to be the secretary for School Superintendents Walter Horst and Robert Davis.
When her husband died she became involved in the Club of Little Gardens, Council on Aging, Little Peoples’ Place, and made many braided rugs when the winter snow and ice kept her inside.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and sister, Marian Aurand. Surviving are her sister, Dorothy Jackson of Three Rivers; three children, Kathryn Kattmann of Kilmarnock, Va., Gwen Knowlton of Birmingham, Ala. and Stan Reed of Palmer, Alaska; two nieces and a nephew, Jeff Jackson and Sue Hicks of Three Rivers, and Janine Lenderink of Portage; five grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren.
A memorial service for Vera K. Reed will be held in Three Rivers in the fall.
Memorials may be given to Bethany Chapel, Club of Little Gardens, or Lights of Love.