Loma Ilene Reed, 92, South Whitley, died peacefully at her home at 11 p.m. Wednesday, May 8, 2019.
She was born July 29, 1926, in Dekalb County, a daughter of the late William Albert and Minnie (Sponhauer) Musser. Her formative years were spent in Auburn where she graduated from Auburn High School in 1944.
On Aug. 30, 1947, she was united in marriage to Richard V. “RV” Reed. They made their first home in West Lafayette as her husband completed his degree at Purdue University. They then moved to Pierceton and in 1994, South Whitley. Mr. Reed died March 9, 2011.
She was a full-time homemaker raising the couple’s children. She enjoyed painting landscapes with water colors and oils. She was an accomplished quilter making quilts for graduations and for the births of her grandchildren. She would also knit, making gifts for her family and friends.
She is survived by three sons, Barry (Elaine) Reed, Chapin, S.C.; Steve (Carol) Reed, South Whitley; Nelson Reed, South Whitley; three daughters, Jo Ellen (Monte) Wilkinson, Larwill; Teresa Gable, North Manchester; Jill (Harold Wagnor) Reed, Cartersville, Ga.; 21 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; a sister, Donna (Frank) Franze, Auburn and a brother, Larry (Barbara) Musser, of New Mexico.
Additionally, she was preceded in death by a son, Brian Reed; a son-in-law, Jeff Gable; a great-granddaughter, Arianna Melendez; a sister, Norma Wolfe and a brother, LeVon Musser.
The funeral service is 11 a.m. Tuesday at Smith & Sons Miller Chapel, South Whitley. Burial is at the South Whitley Cemetery. Visitation is 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Memorials in Loma’s honor are to One Community – South Whitley.