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Etta (Reed) Rinehart

1937 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
Etta (Reed) Rinehart Obituary
On May 11, 1937, Etta Reed Rinehart was born in Denver, Colorado to Alton and Frances Reed at the home of her Grandparents, Frank and Louise Leach. Being the oldest of six siblings, she had many responsibilities in taking care of her younger brothers and sisters.
Her family lived in the Denver area until Etta was eight and one-half years old when they moved to Brush, Colorado in 1946. About a month later, they moved to Akron, Colorado where they resided until 1950. Because of her dad's job with the railroad, they moved to Yuma. Etta attended the Yuma schools until her graduation from high school in 1955. From there she went into nurse's training in Denver and became an LPN. She was employed at the Yuma Hospital until she moved to Akron, Colorado in 1959.
Through the years she worked as a nurse in Yuma, Akron and Swedish Medical in Denver. In her later years she worked at the Washington County Hospital/Nursing Home.
At the age of seven, she realized her need to accept Christ as her Savior, her mom leading her to the Lord. She was later baptized. She joined the First Baptist Church of Akron in 1952 where she had been a member until her passing.
She appreciated her mom and dad for making sure that she and her siblings were in Sunday school and church, most importantly, that they each knew Jesus as their Savior.
In August of 1959, she met Robert Linn Rinehart at the Washington County Hospital where he was a patient. She married Bob in 1960. They moved to Pueblo, Colorado shortly after their marriage. Later they moved to Denver then, back to Akron. Bob passed away on April 25, 1991 after a lengthy illness.
During the time she was caring for Bob she was also caring for her dad, Alton Reed, after his leg was amputated. She cared for him for several years until the time he moved into the Washington County Nursing Home.
Although she and Bob never had children of their own, they loved all children especially their nieces and nephews. Etta babysat for many children in Yuma keeping in contact with the families throughout the years. Kade and Keegan Leavell in Akron were very special to her as she cared for them for several years from the time of Keegan's birth.
Throughout her life, Etta was very active in the church. For the past several years, she has helped with The Awanas at the First Baptist Church. Neither bad weather nor poor health could keep her from attending up until the end.
She enjoyed her church family and had kept in contact with all of the former pastors and their families from the First Baptist Church of Akron.
And there was rarely a school event which missed the presence of Etta. She attended ball games, track meets, plays, concerts or anything in which the kids from Akron were participating.
She loved the Broncos and was faithful to them always. When we were moving her things from the apartment, she was very adamant about saving her Bronco Stuff.
Etta's favorite verse was II Timothy 1:12 "For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: For I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto Him against that day." In Etta's most recent Bible, she had made a note beside this verse: "promise I have claimed for me and my family."
Preceding her in death, was her husband: Robert Lynn Rinehart; her parents Alton Berdine Reed, Sr. and Frances Louise Leach Reed; Jane Verla Reed Holton McKay; Jesse David Reed.
In her passing, she leaves to mourn: her siblings, Alton Berdine Reed, Jr. (Nancy McKie) Brush, Colorado; Dona Jeanne Glover (Jon) Ft. Lupton; Shirley Reed (Sister-in-law) Sterling, Colorado; Sharon Fehrn (Larry) Fort Lupton. Wilma Rae Pickett (sister-in-law) Beaumont, TX; nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews; her uncle, Glen Reed, many cousins; and so many friends including students from the Akron school.
A Memorial service will be held Saturday, July 30, 2016 at the Akron High School Fieldhouse at 10:00 a.m. Inurnment will follow at the Akron Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to The First Baptist Church of Akron, Colorado.
Published in Akron News-Reporter on July 13, 2016
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