Jessie M. Reed, 84, of Oskaloosa, died Thursday September 12, 2013, at MHP Hospital in Oskaloosa. She was born May 19, 1929, in Waterloo, Iowa, the daughter of Antonio and Maria Gonzalez Garcia. Early in life she worked at Chamberlin’s in Waterloo, as they had modified their production to help support the war effort. On April 30, 1971, she was united in marriage to Donald M. Reed, he died in 1972. Following her marriage to Don, she moved to Oskaloosa and went to work at William Penn College. She retired from William Penn in the late 1980’s. Jessie was devoted to her family, she raised her girls to respect hard work, pursue an education and maintain high morals for themselves. She was a very active member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Oskaloosa. She enjoyed gardening, collecting antiques, making jewelry and taking photos. She also enjoyed helping Eric Palmer with his campaigns for public office.
Her family includes her two daughters and their husbands, Gloria and Ron Achenbach of Golden, Colorado and Sharon and Michael Miller of Seattle, Washington; eight grandchildren, Derrick Bramson, Christopher Bramson, Angela Pangburn, William Pangburn, Anthony Roberts, Jeffrey Roberts, Donny Heisler, and Breanna Achenbach; thirteen great grandchildren; her sister, Rita Fairbanks of Waterloo; a very close friend, Sue Johnson of Jesup, Iowa; and many cousins nieces and nephews.
In addition to her husband, she was preceded in death by her parents, a sister, Shirley Doubek; two brothers, Carlos and John Garcia; and her mother in law, Freida Reed.
Mass will be held for Jessie on Wednesday, September 18, 2013, at 11 a.m. in the St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Oskaloosa with Reverend Jeff Belger officiating. As was her wish her body has been cremated. The Bates Funeral Chapel is in charge of the arrangements. Visitation will begin Tuesday after 10 a.m. in the Bates Funeral Chapel and the family will be at the funeral chapel from 5-7 Tuesday evening to greet friends and relatives. A Rosary will be recited at 7 p.m. Tuesday. Memorials may be made to St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Oskaloosa.