Mary Lou (Porter) Reed January 7, 1928 – June 8, 2011 Mary Lou (Porter) Reed, age 83 was born in Grand Junction, Colorado to Maynard J. Porter and Pearl Ridley Porter. She has called Grand Junction home for the majority of her life, with time spent away at college on the front range. She graduated from the University of Colorado Boulder with a BA in Education. Later, she earned a Master's degree in Psychology from Whitworth College Spokane, Washington. Her many accomplishments include service on the Board of Directors University of Colorado Alumni Organization, she was one of the founding women of the Grand Junction Women's Resource Center, now with Hilltop, she was a Charter Member of the National Organization for Women. She helped establish the initial task force to deal with domestic violence and rape crisis in the community. She served as a representative for the Center for Multi-cultural Bilingual Studies in Cuernavaca, Mexico where she studied Spanish and Mexican culture. She worked with her husband, William Reed, in the Preventive Medicine Clinic until her retirement in 1994. In 1989 she traveled to Russia with Grandmother's for Peace and met with Russian women in several cities. Her hobbies included painting, playing the piano, knitting for the Linus Project (distributes hats and sweaters throughout the world to children in need), reading, and socializing with her friends. She is survived by her sister, Nancy Cooper (Porter) and spouse, Tony Cooper of Grand Junction; her five children, Susan Reed of Grand Junction; Barbara Lacy (Reed) and spouse, Bruce Dissel of Moab, Utah; Debra Reed of Anchorage, Alaska; Scot Reed of Grand Junction, and Lisa Reed of Denver, Colorado; her six grandchildren, Jacob Lacy and spouse, Elizabeth Lacy of Denver, Colorado; Andrew Lacy of Denver, Colorado; Amelie Hooper and spouse, Dan Hooper Jr. of Grand Junction; Alexander Kelly of Bellingham, Washington; Lauren Kelly of Seattle, Washington; Caroline Kelly of Seattle, Washington and two great-granddaughters, Rachel Hooper and Kayla Hooper of Grand Junction. Memorial service will be held on Sunday, June 12th, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. at Callahan-Edfast Mortuary. Memorial donations may be made to the Domestic Violence Project c/o Hilltop Community Resources, 1331 Hermosa Avenue, Grand Junction, CO 81506.
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Published in The Daily Sentinel from June 11 to June 12, 2011