Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Jeanne Reed, 93, of Poteau, OK passed from this life in her home on August 24, 2009. One of seven children, she was born December 30, 1915 in Keefton, OK to John I & Margaret (Cravens) Kennedy. She worked hand in hand with her previously deceased husband, Roy W. Reed and, though they started with nothing, together they went on to build a highly successful independent oil and gas company and established the Dog Creek Ranch, one of the largest cattle and real estate holdings in southeast Oklahoma and were original stockholders in the Poteau State Bank. In 1967, they built their home at the base of Cavanal Hill. Jeanne was a former youth Sunday School Teacher in Oklahoma City and a member of the First United Methodist Church in Poteau. She traveled abroad on numerous Missionary trips to help others and supported Project Compassion. She was selected as the Business and Professional Women's "Woman of the Year", received the Poteau Chamber of Commerce Lifetime Contribution Award, the Oklahoma City University Bishop Paul Millhouse Award, served as a Trustee of the Carl Albert State College Development Foundation, and was a member of the Carl Albert State College Hall of Fame. She also thoroughly enjoyed serving as Grand Marshall for the Poteau Frontier Days Rodeo Parade. She was a person that always put the needs of others before her own, never asking anything in return and one who always had a Christian attitude in all things and for all people. Jeanne raised four children, Son, M.K. (Don) Hutton and wife, Jo of Rogers, Arkansas, two pre-deceased daughters, Rosemary Reed and Lora Jean Reed Bowman, son, Bob Reed and wife, Deanna of Poteau, and daughter Christie Reed Williams and husband Ted of Hot Springs, AR. She was blessed with a host of grandchildren, great grandchildren, great great grandchildren, a sister, Polly hales; other family and friends. Special appreciation is given to Dave Abrams, Issy Aytes, and Traci Moya for the kindness and love they gave her. Jeanne's many memberships and associations follow: First United Methodist Church, UMW, Missionary Work - Alaska, Project Compassion, P.E.O., Woman of the Year, Lifetime Achievement Award, Garden Club, Hospital Auxiliary, State President Hospital Auxiliary, visited nursing home regularly for many years, 20th Century Study Club, Hostess of the Senior Tea, Business & Professional Women's Club, Grand Marshall Christmas Parade, OCU Board of Trustees - OKC, Received the Bishop Paul W. Milhouse Award, Carl Albert Development Foundation Board of Directors - Secretary, CASC Hall of Fame, CASC Scholarship for Nursing and Business, CASC Endowed Scholarship, Board of Directors for Youth Services Funeral services for Jeanne were held 2 pm, Saturday, August 29, 2009 at Carl Albert State College Auditorium in Poteau, OK with the Reverend Greg Tener & the Reverend Jimmy D. Cook officiating. Interment followed the services in Oakland Cemetery. Pallbearers were Dave Abrams, Ralph Sartor, Jerry Thompson, Jerry Dunning, Gearl Fout and Jake Thompson. Honorary pallbearers were Frank Dehart & J. Scott Clark. Arrangements were under the direction of Evans & Miller Funeral Home of Poteau.