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Alice Barbara Reed


1921 - 2014 Obituary Condolences
Alice Barbara Reed Obituary
Alice Barbara Reed was born on November 21, 1921 in Rowley, Massachusetts, the daughter of Myron Pace Reed and Olive Adelaide Reed. Alice, the third of four children, grew up in this small coastal town with sisters, Helen & Jeannette, and brother Philip. Their mother passed away from pneumonia when Alice was ten years old.
Like many families in the Great Depression, they had their challenges and hardships, but Alice told many stories of trips to Cranes Beach, times spent with extended family and chores around their rural home, such as hauling water, ?lling oil lamps, and making New England style baked beans. Alice set her goals high and graduated from Ipswich High School as salutorian.
During World War II, Alice accompanied her best friend, Athalie Waye and Athalie's infant twin girls on the train from Boston to Fort Knox, Louisville, Kentucky. Athalie was joining her husband, Charles, who was stationed at Fort Knox. One evening Charles brought home his buddy, Leon Main. Leon had seen Alice's picture, and corresponded with her. Leon waited outside of Charles & Athalie's home while Charles asked Alice's permission to have Leon come in and meet her.
After being introduced by their mutual friends, the romance blossomed. When Alice returned home, Leon went to visit her and her family while on leave. After returning to Fort Knox, Leon wrote, proposing to Alice and sent her a diamond ring in the mail. Alice returned to Louisville and married Corporal Leon Main on Christmas Eve, 1943.
Following WWII, Alice & Leon made their home in Tulsa, Oklahoma where they had two daughters, Barbara and Patricia. They were active members of the JH Ball Memorial Methodist Church. Alice had many happy memories of their life in Tulsa, especially their neighborhood and church. Alice got her ?rst driver's license in Tulsa and considered learning to drive a major achievement. They were fond of going camping with family and friends at nearby lakes.
Leon's job with Shell Oil Company moved the family to Denver, Colorado in 1959. They settled in Northglenn and a third daughter, Helen, was born in 1961. Alice & Leon enjoyed their years in Northglenn, raising their daughters, being involved in the neighborhood and helping to establish the Northglenn United Methodist Church.
They loved the Rocky Mountains and took advantage of them to go camping and often went on Sunday afternoon drives in the mountains.
Alice was an excellent seamtress; she made many beautiful dresses for her daughers, including prom dresses.
After Barbara & Pat left home for college, Alice attended the Denver Community College earning her associates's degree in Library Science. She was an excellent student and the college created a position for her in their campus library.
In early 1974, Leon's job at Shell Oil Company moved him, Alice, and daughter Helen to Houston, Texas. They settled in Meadows Place, southwest of Houston. They enjoyed an active social life there, being involved in a pinochle club, going to opera and plays with friends, playing dominoes and helping Helen with her horses. Alice worked as a librarian at the Fort Bend County Library until her retirement.
After retiring, Alice volunteered at the Sugarland United Methodist Church library. She enjoyed counted cross stitch and quilting and spending time with her grandchildren. Alice & Leon enjoyed several trips, including one to Massachusetts and down the eastern seaboard. They made yearly trips to Colorado to visit their daughters and grandchildren.
Alice moved to Akron, Colorado in November of 2001, after her husband Leon passed away in 1999. They had been married for 56 years. She enjoyed her family and joined the Akron United Methodist Church. Alice enjoyed her home in Akron and visits from the neighborhood children. Alice leaves behind a close and special friend in Sherrie Alexander.
In September of 2010, Alice moved to Legacy Assisted Living in Sterling, Colorado. She celebrated her 90th birthday there in 2011 with family and friends. She made many friends there with residents and staff alike. She passed away unexpectedly on late Thursday, March 20, 2014 from natural causes.
Alice is survived by her sister, Jeannette Iofolla of Massachusetts and daughter Barbara Main of Denver, Colorado; daughter Patricia Lewton (Rick) of Otis, Colorado and daughter Helen Medve (Bryan) of Richmond, Texas; four grandchildren, Brian Lewton (Brittny) of Sterling, Colorado; Kristen Holman (Kyle) of Greeley, Colorado, Jacob Medve of Richmond, Texas and Elizabeth Hankins of Needville, Texas. Alice has ?ve great grandchildren, Karis Hankins, Ty Hankins, Alexis Lewton, Tristan Lewton and Finlee Holman. She also leaves behind many nieces and nephews and good friends.
Alice was preceded in death by her beloved husband Leon, her sister Helen Marshall and brother Philip Reed; her brother-in-law Robert Main and his wife Marion; brother-in-law George Main; her parents and Leon's parents.
Funeral services for Alice will be Wednesday, March 26th, 11:00 a.m. at the Akron United Methodist Church. Memorials in Alice's memory may be made to the Akron United Methodist Church or Mobile Meals.
Alice will be buried in Oak Hill Cemetery in McAlester, Oklahoma next to her beloved husband, Leon. She will be dearly missed by her loving family.
Published in Akron News-Reporter on Mar. 26, 2014
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