Meryl J. Reed

Meryl J. Reed Meryl J. Reed Meryl J. Reed, 94, of Vermillion passed away Thursday, Sept. 4, 2008 at Prairie Estates Care Center, Elk Point. Celebration of her life was at 10:30 a.m., Monday, Sept. 8 at United Methodist Church, Vermillion with Rev. Brook McBride officiating. A prayer service was held at 7 p.m. at the church on Sunday, Sept. 7, followed by an Eastern Star service conducted by Vermillion Juno Chapter #44 of the Eastern Star. Meryl Reed was born Aug. 5, 1914, the daughter of Charles and Elsa (Scheibe) Peterson on a farm near Wessington. She attended country school in Beadle County and graduated from Wessington High School in 1932. She attended Eastern Normal (now called Dakota State University) and taught country schools in Beadle County for three years. She married Carl Reed on June 4, 1939 in Wessington, and they lived in Winner, Mitchell and later settled in Vermillion where Carl served as county agent for five years. He managed Barlett Grain and Feed Mill and Meryl served as his bookkeeper for many years. She also was a bookkeeper and a clerk for several other businesses. She belonged to several clubs and organizations and was a member and past president of Eastern Star, PEO, Clay County Extension, United Methodist Church, Women & Harmony Club and Grand Representative of Eastern Star. She was very active in the Methodist Church, teaching, taking care of the church flowers and singing in the choir for 45 years. Golf was her greatest joy and she was able to play until 2005 saw her final round. She won several Vermillion City Women��?s Championships and attended many state tournaments, placing second in the Women��?s Senior Division Championship in 1975. After placing third in the 1976 State Women��?s Senior Division Championship, she became president of the SD Women��?s Golf Association. She began quilting when she was 9 years old and started a quilting club in Vermillion in 1975, which is still active. In 1975, one of her quilts received Best of Show of all Needlework at the South Dakota State Fair. She also loved playing bridge and enjoyed gardening, especially her flowers. She is survived by her sister, Eileen (Leo) Cancio of Washington, DC; two sons, James of Vermillion and Gary (Shari) of Sioux Falls; two grandsons, Carl Towner of Vermillion and Bill (Tina) Towner of Ft. Pierce, FL; two granddaughters, Suzanne (Patrick) McGrath of Overland Park, KS and Aimee (Todd) Uher of Shawnee, KS; and seven great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Carl; her daughter, JoAnn Morse; four brothers, Clifford, Alfred, Richard and Robert Peterson; and two sisters, Mildred Crossman and Elva Hanson. Iverson-Siecke-Kober Funeral Home, Vermillion was in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be sent online to www.koberfuneral home.com.

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