Mary REED
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REED, Mary Susan 65, passed Nov. 7, 2020. Mary spread her wings on a sunny Saturday morning after a long illness. Mary is survived by husband, Brian; daughter, Brianna; sister, Pamela; brother, Steven; grandchildren. James and Noelle. were the sparkle of her eye. Katie Smith was her lifelong childhood friend. Mary arrived in St Petersburg at a young age, where she flourished. Mrs. Reed taught first grade at Bear Creek Elementary for 35 years. She taught generations of neighborhood children the beginnings of reading and writing. She was well loved. Mary loved the beach at Pass a Grille. She cherished her vacations in the Red Rocks region of Sedona, Arizona. Sunset dinners in the cool of the pines were magical. A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Contact www.br63pe@gmail.com for details.

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Published in Tampa Bay Times on Nov. 22, 2020.
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November 25, 2020
Best teacher ever. Sweetest person ever. Life wasnt fair and you really didn't care because you always thought of others before yourself. I will miss our visits and conversations. We really got to know each other the last 6 years and I will always be grateful for that. I love you Mary, see you on the other side.
Steve Allen
Brother
November 24, 2020
Mary was my best friend when we worked side by side at Bear Creek. I learned so much from her and especially how to laugh when the stress got to be too much. She was loved by her students and the faculty because she respected everyone. My heart is heavy.
mike wahl
Coworker
November 23, 2020
Best teacher ever , Sweetest person ever. Live isn't fair but you didn't really care because you always thought of others before yourself. I will miss my visits and our conversations. We really got to know each other over the past 6 years and I will always be grateful for that. see you on the other side Mary.
Steve Allen
Brother
November 22, 2020
Please except my deepest sympathies to you and your family at this time of grieving. May God be with you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Simone Taylor
November 22, 2020
I taught with Mary at Bear Creek Elementary. Mary was an inspiration to so many. She made a difference in the lives of so many children and teachers as well. She will be greatly missed.
Karen Ericson
Coworker
November 22, 2020
My deepest sympathy to Mary’s family. She made a difference in the lives of so many children at Bear Creek where I taught with her. What a loving gentle person that we all loved and respected!
Anne Stout McIntyre
Coworker
November 22, 2020
Mrs. Reed was my first grade teacher at Bear Creek over 20 years ago. She was one of the best teachers I have ever had and she is one of my inspirations to become a teacher myself. I am so sorry to hear of her passing. She will always be a special teacher and person to me. My deepest condolences to her family! I know she will be missed dearly.
Kayla Crouch
Student
November 22, 2020
Mary it was such a joy teaching along side of you. You were an inspiration to not just the hundreds of children, but to me as well as everyone around you. You taught me to teach from the heart first, build the connections, and always keep the focus on what's best for the students in front of you. Thank you Mary for being a wonderful mentor, co-worker, and friend. I will cherish our memories and laughs. Praying your family gets some comfort during this time in knowing you are free of any more pain and Resting in Peace.
Theresa Pilz
Coworker
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