Virginia Elizabeth Reed

May 21, 1917April 2, 2019

Virginia Elizabeth Reed was born the 21st of May 1917 near Lovington, NM. The 6th of 7 children born to parents John and Polly Belle Toole. West Texas became her home as a child, where both parents taught primary school in and around Ackerly, Texas. With her younger sister, Christina, She attended and earned her bachelor’s degree from what is now Texas Tech University. Shortly after graduation, she married a local boy from Ackerly, Buster B. Reed, WWII intervened and conscripted male teachers, she was appointed basketball coach as an additional duty. Following the war, Virginia accumulated additional degrees from UT Permian Basis (Masters) and UT Austin (Masters), served as a district executive to the Girl Scouts of America, and after the passing of her husband in 1977, resumed her career teaching in Pecos and also served as career counseling for high school students. She received Certification for Diagnostician and Counseling from UT Permian Basin. Outside of her career, Virginia devoted much of her time to giving back to her community and those in need. This included teaching Sunday School, raising funds to outfit immigrants with prescription lenses, teaching Sunday school, and supporting numerous non-profit causes in and around both Lamesa, Monahans, and Paris. In Paris she was an active supporter of Habitat for Humanity, The Girl Scouts, the Paris Library, and the hospital, as an auxiliary volunteer. She is survived by two daughters, Sylvia Masters, Sharon Gilliland; grandchildren, Dian Bills, Steve and Paul Rosemergy, Aaron Bailey, Adrienne Payton; great grandchildren Jeremy and Travis Bills, Austin and Avery Payton, Nicholas Bailey; and two great-great grandchildren Emmalee and Abigail Bills. She is also survived by her nephew, John L Toole III, two nieces Virginia Manzer and Sherilynn Bludau, and their children and grandchildren, all of whom were regular visitors. The entire family extends a heartfelt thanks to Nita Brazeal and Ruby Parker for their special care and attention, both of whom were instrumental in enabling her to live in her own home to the end of her life. Friends and relatives are invited to attend a luncheon, to celebrate her life at 11:00 am, on Saturday, April 13, 2019, in the fellowship hall at First United Methodist Church. We hope you will come share your stories, and "go and do likewise": that is Volunteer for the needs in your community, pay attention to those you meet, get interested in their lives, share your experience, love one another. There will be no formal service; rather, in accordance with her wishes, a simple gathering, meeting to enjoy each other's company and remember her influence on your life. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Housing Habit for Humanity, the University of Texas scholarship fund, Texas Tech University, Girl Scouts, The Paris,Texas Library, who provided much entertainment through recorded books. To leave a message or tribute for the family please visit


  • A Gathering and Luncheon Saturday, April 13, 2019

Virginia Elizabeth Reed

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Derald Bulls

April 9, 2019

What a pleasure it was to get to know Virginia while she volunteered at McCuistion Regional Medical Center. She had a passion for helping others and giving freely of herself and her many talents. I knew when I saw her a smile would accompany any greeting. My prayers with her family and know there are many treasured memories.