Nickerson-Bourne Funeral Home

40 MacArthur Blvd, Bourne, MA


Eleanor Mae Reed

April 22, 1928November 27, 2019

Eleanor Mae (Butler) Reed, of Pocasset, MA, passed away on Wednesday, November 27, 2019. She was the devoted wife of the late Robert E. Reed. Born in Taunton, MA, Eleanor was the daughter of the late Anthony and Anna (Alves) Butler. She was a resident of Pocasset, MA for the past 20 years.

Eleanor loved being a part of the community in Pocasset, and fostered countless friendships in the area. She was very active in parish life at St. John The Evangelist Church, including being a member of The Women’s Guild and the Flower Ministry. Eleanor was a special and creative lady with many talents. She particularly loved crafts, gardening, and cooking. Eleanor delighted in living by the ocean, and loved to gather with friends on the beach and by the Cape Cod Canal. But her greatest passion in life was being “Nana” to her two grandchildren. They filled her heart with joy, and she was immensely proud of them. Eleanor was a big part of their world throughout their lives, and they will miss Nana tremendously.

Earlier in life, Eleanor graduated from the Massachusetts School of Physiotherapy in Boston, and pursued a career in the medical field as an X-Ray technician. Over the years she worked at various organizations, including Brockton Hospital and Framingham Union Hospital. Eleanor also worked with elementary school children as an aide, and assisted adult students in English as a Second Language classes. Later on, she put her love for greeting cards and decorating to work, and became the manager of a large Hallmark Gift Shop in Raynham, MA.

Eleanor is survived by her daughter Colleen Reed of Gray Gables in Bourne, her grandchildren Jessica Sears and Joshua Sears, and other family members.

Friends and relatives are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 AM on Wednesday, December 4, 2019, at St. John the Evangelist Church in Pocasset. Burial is private. Arrangements by the Nickerson-Bourne Funeral Home, 40 MacArthur Blvd., Bourne, MA.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. John the Evangelist Church Flower Ministry (841 Shore Road, Pocasset, MA 02559), or Friends of Bourne Food Pantry (20 Commerce Park Road, Pocasset, MA 02559).


  • Funeral Mass Wednesday, December 4, 2019


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Ashlinn Hoffmeister

December 3, 2019

Some of my favorite memories with Mrs. Reed are sitting with her and her friends at the beach. They would always float with noodles and watch my friends and I show them our “swimming tricks”. She taught me how to make pins, crochet, and knit when I got knee surgery. I always enjoyed visiting her across the street and catching up on everything. One small visit would always turn into a few hours of chatting. Trick or treating at her house was always my brother and I’s favorite stop. Mrs. Reed was like a grandmother to me and she will be missed.

Diane Garvey

December 3, 2019

I will miss Eleanor. She was a kind and dignified lady whose opinions and stories about what she enjoyed, the people she loved, and how life can be, were wonderful and poignant. She also liked a good laugh. My sincere condolences to her family. I'm very sorry for your loss.
God Bless you

Karen Hoffmeister

December 3, 2019

So many wonderful memories of Eleanor, a friend who became family to me, my husband and my children. I will always remember her as our “ favorite neighbor” in our old neighborhood. We would share dinners, recipes, and family milestones. Eleanor always took the time to ask what was going on in our lives, with work , family etc .
My daughter had knee surgery and Eleanor taught her to crochet.. always inviting her over to do crafts, and have a snack, really a third Grandmother to my children .
“Mrs. Reed” was a special person in our lives , was loved dearly by us , and will truly be missed!

Linda Stevens

December 2, 2019

I first met Eleanor when she visited a friend in the neighborhood who was ill. She stopped in often and always brought a home baked goodie. She was energetic and always positive.