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OBITUARY OF LUCY MARIE KNOTTS REED
“MARIE, “Re”, “Mom,” “Mom Mom”
Marie Reed, a long-time resident of her beloved “adopted” hometown of Smyrna Delaware, died at age 87 at Kent General Hospital on November 12, 2018. Marie was born in 1931 in Milford Delaware to the late Roland and Lucretta (Billings) Knotts. She grew up in Frederica, graduated with academic honors from Caesar Rodney High School in 1949, and attended the University of Delaware, leaving college to marry Walter James “Dick” Reed Jr. on September 2, 1950. “Re” was a true partner to Dick remaining devoted to him as his constant caregiver during his years long battle with his health until his death in 1994.
Marie was the tried and true “head of the household.” While raising her four children she began her career with the State of Delaware in the late 1950s at the State Welfare Home (now DHCI). She was hired as a “practical nurse,” later trained and worked as a phlebotomist, and then as an X-ray Technician retiring in 1986 as Head of the X-ray Department. After her retirement from full-time employment she continued to work as an x-ray technician for Public Health and Kent General Hospital. Marie truly loved working and she gave up her last position as an Information Clerk at the rest area only when her health no longer allowed her to work. She was a constant and strong example to her children both as a working mother and as a community volunteer. She was devoted to her church, Asbury United Methodist Church, where she served as Sunday School Superintendent and on various committees over the years. She loved her hometown and she was a Lifetime Member of the Citizens Hose Company Auxiliary. Many of her co-workers and fellow volunteers became lifelong friends. Marie loved family gatherings, shopping, especially “thrift” and antique shopping, dining out and socializing with her friends at Clayton Senior Center. Most of all she adored all of her grandchildren and great grandchildren.
For better or for worse, Marie’s children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren are who they are because of her steadfast love and strong devotion and loyalty. She is survived by her son, Michael and his wife Jan, their four children, Greg (Melissa) Whitney, Jeremy, and Joshua and great-grandchildren, Jacob, Jessica, Harrison, Michael (and Liam who is due to join the Reed Clan in December); son, Wayne and his children Amy (Brian) and Courtney and great-grandchildren Caroline and Jackson; son, David and his wife, Kathy, their four children, Sonya (Tracy), Julie (Mike) Sophie (Rob) and Seth, and great-grandchildren Cole, Catie, Tyler, Kayleigh, and Lucas; and by her daughter Robin and son-in-law, Dave, with whom she lived, and their children, Molly (Dana), Shea (Brit), Ryan (Sarah), and Stephen (Tania) and great-grandchildren, Benjamin, Jessica, Cameron, Spencer, Bradley, Max, Finn, Gavin and Miette. She also is survived by a very special niece/” daughter”, Holly and her husband Dan, and their children and grandchildren, Renee (Mike), Ryan (Amanda), Claire, Alice, Ethan and Eli. She is also survived by many Reed family nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents and her husband, preceding her in death are: her infant daughter, Vickie Renee, her infant granddaughter, Erin, her beloved daughter-in-law, Barbie Reed, her older sister, Margaret, her mother-in-law, Florence Reed as well as all of her “Reed siblings-in-law.” And, recently, she was saddened to learn of the death of another very special niece, Jeanne Ford Edmonds.
All are invited to join us as we celebrate Marie’s life. Services are: Viewing and Visitation on Friday, November 16, 2018 from 6 pm to 9 pm at Faries Funeral Home, South Main Street, Smyrna Delaware; funeral service at 10 am on Saturday, November 17, 2018 at Asbury United Methodist Church, West Mt. Vernon Street in Smyrna with a visitation and viewing one hour prior to the funeral service.
Marie loved flowers, but would also encourage those who wished to do so to honor her memory by donating to the Asbury Church Memorial Fund, the Citizens Hose Company Auxiliary, Delaware Hospice, Clayton Senior Center or to any local community service/non-profit organizations of their choice.
Condolence letters may be sent by visiting www.fariesfuneralhome.com.