Alice Marie (Worthen) Reed



Photos courtesy of the Joshua Brackett Eagle Scout Project
Photos courtesy of the Joshua Brackett Eagle Scout Project

(June 5, 1869 - July 4, 1928)


The Lusk Herald
July 4, 1968


40 years ago - July 5, 1928

Mrs. Alice Marie Reed, 59, wife of Albert D. Reed, one of the oldest ranchers in the state, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Arthur F. Vogel, Wednesday evening.



The Lusk Herald
July 5, 1928
Mrs. A. D. Reed Passes Away After Short Illness


Mrs. Alice Marie Reed, 59 years old, wife of Albert D. Reed, one of the oldest ranchers in the state, passed away at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Arthur F. Vogel, on Wednesday evening, July 4th, at 10:35 o'clock, after an illness lasting about seven weeks.

Mrs. Reed was brought to Lusk seven weeks ago from the Reed ranch near Fort Laramie, and has been confined to her bed at the Vogel home practically since that time.

Her condition gradually grew worse each day until she peacefully (passed) away Wednesday evening.

The attending physician pronounced the cause of Mrs. Reed's death as lethargic encephalitis.

Mrs. Reed has resided in Wyoming for the past thirty years, dividing her time between Lusk and the ranch near Fort Laramie. She is well known to all the old-timers and to many of the newer residents as well.

She is survived by her husband, Albert D. Reed, two daughters, Mrs. Bonnita E. Vogel and Mrs. Clarence F. Robertson; one stepson, Warren S. Reed of Sunrise, and one step-daughter, Mrs. Ruth Sparling of Glendale, California.

The funeral services will be conducted from the Baptist Church, with the Rev. S. C. Cadle officiating, on Saturday afternoon, July 7, at 2 o'clock. Interment will be made in the Lusk Cemetery, with arrangements under direction of the Midwest Funeral Parlors.


The Lusk Herald
July 12, 1928
Mrs. A. D. Reed Is Laid To Rest Here Saturday


Services for Mrs. A. D. Reed, who passed away on the evening of July 4, after an illness of several weeks, were held Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the Baptist church with Rev. S. C. Cadle officiating.

A quartet composed of Mesdames Robert Taylor and Glen Willson, and Rev. Cadle and Reuben Faulk, rendered several of the tender old-time hymns.

The pallbearers were : George Saffel, Russell Bradley, Glen Wilson, Chris Joss, Ed Arnold and A. L. Miller.

Myriads of flowers gave mute attest of the deep respect in which Mrs. Reed was held, and the church was filled with sorrowing friends, who came to pay their last respects before she was laid to rest in the Lusk cemetery.


Obituary - Mrs. Alice Marie Reed
Alice Marie Worthen was born near Reedsville, Meigs county, Ohio, on June 5, 1869, and departed this life at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Arthur F. Vogel, in Lusk, Wyo, on July 4, 1928, at the age of 59 years and 29 days, following an illness which lasted about eight weeks. She was the third of five children of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Worthen. She was preceded in death by her parents, and three brothers, Will, Albert and Charles. Her father was a Civil War veteran, whose death in 1873 was due to a malady contracted while serving with the Union forces.

The deceased is survived by her husband, Albert D. Reed of Ft. Laramie, Wyo.; two daughters, Mrs. Arthur F. Vogel and Mrs. Clarence F. Robertson, both of Lusk, Wyo.; one sister, Mrs. Emma North of Hot Springs, Ark.; a step-son, Warren S. Reed of Sunrise, Wyo.; and a step-daughter, Mrs. Ruth Sparling of Glendale, Cal.; and one grand-daughter, Bonnita Yvonne Vogel.

At the age of seven years, Alice Worthen moved with her mother, two brothers and a sister to Versailles, MO., in the institutions of which town she received her schooling. After graduating she became a teacher of music and penmanship. She also served as clerk of the probate court of Morgan county, Mo., and divided most of her time of residence there between these two occupations.

At the age of 14 years she became a member of the Methodist Episcopal church, and during the remainder of her residence in Versailles, was an active member of this organization, teaching classes in the Sunday school, regularly attending church and later becoming superintendent of the Sunday school.

In 1897 she became the bride of Albert D. Reed of Lusk, Wyo., and following the marriage ceremony they came to this state, where Mr. Reed had established himself as one of the pioneer sheep raisers. At this time they resided on what is known as the Emma Ranch, about 25 miles south of Lusk, a point through which the Cheyenne-Deadwood trail traversed.

Mr. and Mrs. Reed were blest with their first child, Bonnita Eunice in 1898. Several years later they purchased a home in Lusk, and spent part of their time here as well as on the ranch. The second child, Bessie Winifred Estelle, was born in Versailles, Mo., in the year 1902.

A few years later the family moved to the present ranch home near Fort Laramie, Wyo. It is around this spot that there clusters so many precious memories to the many friends of the family. For here reigned a true western hospitality that will remain in the memories of all those who came within its circle of friendliness and kindly fellowship.

Shortly after coming to Wyoming Mrs. Reed transferred her membership to the Congregational church of Lusk and again took up active life as a church and Sunday school worker. She was also active in the Ladies' Aid society and the W. C. T. U. until her hearing became affected resulting in partial deafness.

There is so much in a life that has been as well-lived as that of Mrs. Reed that can never be put into words. All that we can do is to make a feeble attempt to state some of the salient qualities of character that remain with those who knew her. And much of such a life is really too sacred for such cold things as words put into the form of an obituary. To those who knew her closely, Mrs. Reed was a woman of unusual intelligence and broadmindedness. Her hospitable attitude, her kindly and patient spirit will never be forgotten by her friends and loved ones. And although she did not live the allotted four-score years and ten, her life goes to show that we "live in deeds, not in years not in figures on the dial." She was a faithful and loving wife and a most affectionate and attentive mother. Her life was lived so beautifully and well that she has immortalized herself in the memories of those who knew her. For what is it that makes anyone immortal but the things they did by which we remember them?

"Fading away like the stars of the morning,
Losing their light in the glorious sun;
Thus would we pass from the earth and its toiling,
Only remembered by what we have done.

"Only the truth that in life we have spoken,
Only the seed that on earth we have sown;
These shall pass onward when we are departed,
Fruits of the harvest and what we have done."

CARD OF THANKS
To the many friends who contributed their assistance and kind words during the illness and death of our beloved wife and mothers, Mrs. Albert D. Reed, we wish to extend our sincerest thanks. Also for the many beautiful floral offerings. Though such devoted friendship cannot remove the sad memories created by this passing, it brings into view the noblest side of humanity and into the sorrowing home an evidence of unselfish friendship.
Albert D. Reed
Mr. and Mrs. A. F. Vogel and Family
Mr. and Mrs. C. F. Robertson
Mrs. Emma North
Warren S. Reed








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