Mary Elma Reed
October 31, 1932 – November 26, 2019
Mary Elma Reed 87, of El Dorado passed away Tuesday, November 26, 2019 at Courtyard Health and Rehab.
Born October 31, 1932 in Cheniere, Louisiana she was the daughter of Whit and Effie Thornton Usrey. Mrs. Reed had retired from Southern Arkansas University as an English teacher. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Southern State College in 1964 and later, in 1971, received her Masters of English from Louisiana Tech University. She later studied Spanish in Mexico and literature in Ireland and the University of London. A deep appreciation for education was instilled on her , especially by her father. She related more than once that a major turning point decision for her was to complete her high school education at Baskin High School in Louisiana. She was an excellent and respected teacher of English at Huttig High School, El Dorado High School, and Southern Arkansas University.
She had an exceptional talent for conversation. She and her husband Ray saved and took many opportunities to travel ranging from California, Mexico, Central America, the South, New England, Ireland, and Great Britain. Her last trip was to St. Andrews in Scotland. A love of learning, literature, books and travel is part of her cherished legacy. She was a longtime member of Ebenezer Baptist Church.
Preceding her in death along with her parents were her husband, Ray Reed and brothers, Earl Usrey, Emmet Usrey, Jack Usrey and Josh Usrey.
Survivors include three sons, Bart Reed, Andy Reed, and Mike Reed all of El Dorado and a sister, Kayo Reed (Walter) of Lawson, AR. Surviving grandchildren are, Abbey Reed (Tommy Head), Josie Ginger (Harry), Lynsey Reed, Sean Reed (Lori), Cory Reed (Lisa) and Will Reed along with six great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be held from 1:00 p.m. until service time Saturday, November 30, 2019 at Young’s.
Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, November 30, 2019 at Young’s Chapel with Rev. Neil Everett officiating with interment to follow in Burns-Ebenezer Cemetery under the direction of Young’s Funeral Directors.
Memorials may be made to Barton Library, 200 E. 5th Street, El Dorado, AR 71730.
An online registry will be available at www.youngsfuneralhome.com.
- Visitation Saturday, November 30, 2019
- Funeral Service Saturday, November 30, 2019
- Interment Saturday, November 30, 2019
Mary Elma Reed
Johnnie Kay Sneed
November 30, 2019
Dear Bart, Andy, Mike and Aunt Kayo,
The sad news of Aunt Mary's passing has brought back fond memories of her and lots of interesting conversations we had over the years. It was always a delight to be with her. Please know each of you are in my thoughts today.
November 29, 2019
Mary was a wonderful person, colleague, and friend. We shall all miss her. Thanks to you, Bart, for keeping me updated. All of you are in my prayers. With sincere sympathy, Dale
November 28, 2019
Mary Reed was a great woman. She was the best mother-in-law and I’m honored to call her friend.
Mary and I shared many hours of wonderful conversation while putting up peas. She was a brilliant English professor and never once corrected me when I slaughtered the English language with my south Arkansas slang.
She loved her granddaughters who adored her.
She will be missed by all who knew her and will live in my heart forever.