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Mary V. Reed

Posted February 24, 2014 in Obituaries, West Des Moines

June 9, 1926 – February 22, 2014

Mary Reed

Mary Reed

Mary Virginia Reed was born on June 9, 1926, the oldest daughter of Anthony and Veronica Aldera. In 1944, Mary graduated from St. Joseph Academy, and earned her B.A. from Clarke College, Dubuque, Iowa in 1948.

On April 30, 1949 she married William W. Reed. God blessed them with 58 years of happy married life, three children, Lorrie (Sid) Carroll, Steve Reed and Doug (Melia) Reed, 10 grandchildren, and 7 great-grandchildren.

Mary took dancing lessons and later entertained troops during World War II, performing in clubs around Iowa. She had a lifelong appreciation of dance. She was an avid sports enthusiast and enjoyed playing golf and bowling. ISU was her favorite, and she and Bill tailgated as season ticket holders for years.

She enjoyed making a friendly wager and loved to play cards and BINGO. Mary volunteered and was on the Board at Mercy Hospital and volunteered at Mountain West Retirement Home. She was a member of Serra Club for religious vocations.

Mary was preceded in death by her husband Bill, son Steve, parents and sister, Dorine Lydon.

Visitation will be from 5:00-7:00 PM, Tuesday, February 25 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church followed by a Rosary. The funeral will be at 10:00 AM Wednesday at Sacred Heart.

Memorials may be made to the Father John Aldera Foundation, American Lung Society, or Sacred Heart Catholic Church.

Mary’s out-going personality and ready smile made her many friends over the years. Her family will miss our most enthusiastic and loving cheerleader.


Information provided by:
Iles Funeral Homes
Westover Chapel
6337 Hickman Road
Des Moines, IA 50322

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