Virginia Reed died at home April 2, 2019, at the age of 101. Born in Lovington, NM, she came to Texas as a child with her parents, both teachers. Following in their footsteps, she completed her Bachelor’s Degree from Texas Tech University and began teaching in Ackerly in West Texas.
She married Buster B. Reed, of Ackerly. After the birth of her first daughter, she left teaching to serve her community (Lamesa) in a variety of ways, including teaching Sunday school, leading two Girl Scout Troops, served on the Chamber of Commerce, and serving on the local school board. She returned to teaching in Pecos, Texas and used her newly earned counseling degree to advise high school students on their careers. Reaching retirement age, she moved to Paris, home of her second daughter, after she was widowed. She joined the local hospital auxiliary, retired teachers association, ushered at the Paris Community Theater, supported the Girl Scouts, and helped Habitat for Humanity. She remained active well into her 90’s and remained in her own home, as was her wish, until her death.
She is survived by daughters, Sylvia Masters (Peter) and Sharon Gilliland (Leslie); grandchildren, Dian Bills (Steve), Steven (Marcus) and Paul (Jessica) Rosemergy, Aaron Bailey (Yvonne), Adrienne Payton (Aaron); great grandchildren, Jeremy Bills (Angela), Travis Bills, Austin and Avery Payton, Nicholas Bailey; and two great great grandchildren, Emmalee and Abigail Bills. She is also survived by her nephew John Toole III (Judith), two nieces; Virginia Manzer (Deward) and Sherralyn Bludau and their children and grandchildren.
The family is especially thankful for the care and attention given by Nita Brazeal, Ruby Parker, and Signature Home Health that enabled Virginia to remain in her home to the end of her life.
Friends and relatives are invited to attend a brief service followed by a luncheon in the First Methodist Church, Paris, Fellowship Hall at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, the 13th of April 2019.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Paris Habitat for Humanity, The Paris Public Library, The First United Methodist Church, Paris, or the charity of your choice.
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