Obituary Details

Bernice Josephine Reed

(09/25/1909 - 08/09/2008)
Courtesy of The Lusk Herald, 08/13/2008

Bernice Josephine (Haworth) Reed

Funeral services for Bernice Josephine (Haworth) Reed, 98, were held Wednesday, Aug. 13, at the Congregational Church in Lusk, with Pastor Mark Lohr officiating. Interment was at Lusk Cemetery. Mrs. Reed passed away Aug. 9, 2008 at the Niobrara Health and Life Center.

Bernice was born to Percy Eli and Bula May (Hutson) Haworth Sept. 25, 1909, near Merricort, N.D., where her parents homesteaded from Iowa. When she was four years old the family moved south to Harrison, Neb. She attended grade school in Andrews. Her father's work on the railroad brought them to Orin Junction, Wyo. She graduated from Douglas High School in 1928. Bernice taught at the Roxson School at Cheyenne River. On June 18, 1929 she married Ray Reed. After they were married they lived on Cheyenne River and then moved to Glendo. After living in Glendo, the couple lived in several places in Niobrara County before purchasing the 77 Ranch in 1948. The couple lived on the 77 Ranch the remainder of their lives.

Bernice was an active 4-H leader, and a charter member of the Keeline 5280 Homemakers Club. While she was a member of the club she was honored with the Quealy Award for her service to the community. She was also a charter member of Does Drove #64 of Lusk, served numerous years as a board member at the Niobrara Hospital, and belonged to the Niobrara Cowbells. She was a long time member of the Congregational Church. Her hobbies included crocheting, cooking, raising chickens, gardening, and spending time with family and friends. She was known county-wide for her famous pies.

She survived by her daughter, Donna Jean Watson of Lusk; son Bud Reed and his wife Betty Jean of Lance Creek; granddaughter Judy Herz of Casper; two grandsons, Don Watson of Casper, and Troy Watson, of Laramie; and one great-granddaughter, Heidi Cardwell and her husband Tom Cardwell of Alcova, Wyo.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ray Reed; her parents; her sisters, Reba and Stubby; and two brothers, Elvin and Merle.

The family requests that memorials be made to the Congregational Church of Lusk, or the memorial of your choice. Pier Funeral Home of Lusk was in charge of the arrangements.

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