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Swan-Law Funeral Directors

501 North Cascade Avenue, Colorado Springs, CO

OBITUARY

Imogene "Jean" Beth Reed

1 January, 192811 January, 2020

Imogene “Jean” Beth Reed was born January 1, 1928 and passed away peacefully at her home January 11, 2020 surrounded by loving family: her last adventure of 92 years in this world. The first-born baby of 1928 in Clinton County, Indiana, Jean was the eighth of eleven children born to David Stanley and Mary Arminta Rhine. She was raised in a hardworking, but caring farm family. A love of family, friends, church, travel, hockey, football (especially those tight ends!), books and, of course, catfish would stay with her for life. Jean married USAF Lt. Jason Reed in 1948 and shortly thereafter transferred to Wiesbaden, Germany with him. That opened her world to the many sights of post-war Europe. She loved being an officer’s wife and all the friends and entertaining that came with that. She returned to Indiana with Jason in 1952 and was kept busy with one, then two sons as well as several moves via the Air Force. In 1958, Jason’s new job with the Denver Post brought them to Colorado Springs where Jean was the Executive Secretary to Bob Broughton, the Colorado College Business Manager, for several years. She and her dear friend Vi Rinehart became avid CC Hockey Tiger fans along the way and seldom missed a game. Later, Jean and her granddaughters Mary and Westley would attend those games, always making sure to get there early to watch the team’s warm-ups. (She thought the players were pretty cute doing that.) After a short stint in Casper, Wyoming (also courtesy of Jason’s job), the family moved to Longmont, Colorado where Jean was the Executive Secretary to Ralph Josephson, City Attorney, for several years. As a very busy lady in her fifties, Jean was very proud to have earned her Associates Degree in Business Administration. In fact, at any age, Jean was often lauded by family and friends as the busiest person they knew, but she always found ways to pencil her loved ones into her busy schedule. After the death of her husband in 1981 and retiring from the City of Longmont a short time later, Jean embarked on world travel with friends and family. Some of her most memorable travel escapades included her sister Ruth, Ruth’s son Quentin and his wife Ardith. She loved touring New Zealand, Hawai’i, Alaska, the Grand Canyon, London, Germany and the Caribbean. Every stop was filled with stories, fun, pranks and mischief. In addition to travel, Jean’s hobbies included photography, reading, spending precious time with family and friends and faithfully volunteering for her home churches. She was a member of the United Methodist Women (UMW) at First United Methodist Church and loved her time with her many friends there. She was also a very active member of her professional secretaries’ association (International Association of Administrative Professionals), serving as chapter and regional president. From 2007 to 2009, she also volunteered with the Colorado Festival of World Theatre and loved working with the incredible staff, stars and friends of the Festival. Jean’s greatest joys were her children, grandchildren and great granddaughter. She was immensely proud of her sons, their accomplishments and the men, fathers and grandfather they became. She was the best grandma ever and was so excited to learn another great grandbaby is on the way this summer. Jean is survived by her youngest sister Betty (Ray), sister-in-law Dorothy (Roscoe), her sons Jay (Elizabeth) and Ben (Patty), Patty’s twin sister Pam, her grandchildren Audrey, Westley (Ryan), Mary and Hamilton and great granddaughter Everleigh. As one of 11 children, she is also survived by many cherished nieces, nephews, cousins and their families. Visits from her niece Kay Coffin and Kay’s daughters Janis and Jody, sister Betty Smith and Betty’s daughter LaJenda Barker, and cousins Kyle Von Fange, his wife Kim and son Lincoln brightened her last days tremendously. Watching Audrey Hepburn movies and “Big Bang Theory” with her granddaughter Mary was one of her most cherished and precious memory-making activities. They truly were kindred spirits. Special thanks to Jean’s wonderful family caregivers, dear friends, Rocky Mountain PACE and Pikes Peak Palliative and Hospice Care for their help and compassion, allowing her to stay in her home. Jean touched so many lives in so many wonderful ways. She is and always will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.

  • DONATIONS

  • Rocky Mountain PACE
  • Pikes Peak Hospice & Palliative Care

Services

  • Funeral Services Saturday, 18 January , 2020

Memories

Imogene "Jean" Beth Reed

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Stacia Keller

January 19, 2020

Found this picture if our IAAP Boulder Chapter members. Jean is in the turquoise jacket.

Stacia Keller

January 19, 2020

My thoughts and prayers for comfort to Jean’s family. I served with Jean in the IAAP (secretaries) organizations in the 1980’s and 1990’s. The energy and passion Jean gave was inspiring! Her light shown brightly through all the people she touched. Her accomplishments in IAAP supported everyone in the Boulder Chapter. We loved Jean and so grateful for her being in our lives! Peace of the Lord! An old friend, Stacia Keller

Wendy Sullivan

January 19, 2020

My sincerest condolences to the entire family. I had the honor of serving Mrs.Reed and in just a few months time learned so much about her precious life. Her laughter was contagious and her stories were not only entertaining but sometimes very thought provoking. No doubt she touched the lives and hearts of many and will never be forgotten. I will truly miss you Mrs. Reed.

Rick Whiteman

January 17, 2020

It was with great sadness that we learned of Aunt Jean's passing. Please accept our heartfelt condolences and we hope that in a small way, they help through the days ahead. Aunt Jean was our personal tour guide of the Colorado Springs area when we visited her. She made all of us feel very special, and she will be missed.

Patty Reed

January 15, 2020

There are SO many to thank for the loving and compassionate care Jean received, not just recently, but since she moved to Colorado Springs over 10 years ago. Jean considered my twin sister Pam as one of her own. As a “retired” RN with almost fifty years of experience and the giant heart of a loving, giving servant, Pam provided a level of care no one else could. Our daughter Mary stayed with Jean several days after each hospitalization. She and Jean were the very best of friends. They helped each other through so many challenges and just being together brought them both immeasurable joy. She was so proud of Mary, Westley and Hamilton’s academic, career choices and achievements. She cherished Audrey and looked forward to her nightly calls. She delighted in time with ALL her children, grandchildren and great granddaughter. Rocky Mountain PACE and Pikes Peak Palliative and Hospice Care have also been invaluable in ensuring Jean could remain safely and comfortably in her home for all her days. We are forever grateful to all who loved and cared for her. Thank you!

Ardith Davis

January 14, 2020

Jean was always so happy and always made me laugh. I have so many wonderful stories such as her locking keys in the trunk of Ruth's car to taking by accident someone else's glasses and then wearing them for a year. She would not only make me laugh she would laugh at herself. She was the best!

Pam Hillis

January 13, 2020

So much to say, so little room to say it. Jean had many loves in her life, besides her husband and sons, who gifted her with 4 Grandchildren, Hamilton, Audrey, Westley and Mary, she also was the GREAT grandmother to little Everleigh. And as revealed to her just recently, a new great grand baby on the way. How she cherished them each.

Pamela Hillis

January 13, 2020

I love Jean Reed. Her love of God and church were evident as, even in her most senior years, she visited the sick in hospitals, did little known work on putting together church bulletins and much much. A strong and sometimes feisty lady of small stature, often seemed bigger than life as she took on mammoth challenges in her life. A hunter, a marksman, a camper and mother of 2 sons, she was remarkable in keeping pace in her all male home. I loved her sense of humor! I miss her, rest now in the arms of the Angels!

Jeanne Fernandes

January 13, 2020

To the sweetest, must loving lady we knew! You were a light, a breath of fresh air, kind and caring! Thank you for being in our lives for 60+ years!!!

sue thomas

January 13, 2020

Jean you were a wonderful woman...………..I was honored to be able to sit with Jean at the dedication of the Pikes Peak Peace Officer Memorial when the eagle flew overhead, Jean grabbed my hand and we held hands for the remainder of the ceremony...….. You were a great support to your family...……..I know the Lord welcomed you home with open arms much love to your family

FROM THE FAMILY