February 8, 1924 – April 3, 2021
Viewing for Irmagene will take place Monday, April 12 and her funeral service on Tuesday, April 13 at Lincoln Memorial Funeral Home. Due to current limits on public gatherings, please contact a member of her family for times and to R.S.V.P.
We welcome you to attend the Celebration of Life of Mrs. Irmagene Reed's live streaming service on Tuesday, April 13th at 11:00 AM (PST). The service will be streamed live on Greater Faith Deliverance Ministries Facebook page at https://m.facebook.com/greaterfaithdeliveranceministriesinc/
This live stream will be available to viewers with or without a Facebook account. Viewers without a Facebook account can access the stream directly using the link above.
On February 8, 1924, in Clarksdale, Mississippi, a little “Princess” (named by her son), Irmagene Harden was born. She was the fifth of six children born to Olden & Ora Harden. Although titled a Princess, our mother was a tomboy. She loved climbing and swinging upside down on the limbs of Chinaberry trees at her Grandmother Ellen McJunkins’ home. Also she loved to play outside in the dirt to made mud pies and cakes with her friends Juanita Chapman and Vernon Johnson. They thoroughly enjoyed playing pranks on their teachers. As a teenager, Mom loved to dance at school functions but her mother didn’t approve because she didn’t want her to get too close to boys. To get her mother’s approval, she would concoct a story that her teacher wanted her to check hats and coats at the dancehall door. Mom even went a step further and would set the household clocks back one hour before she left home, so she could have an extra hour for dancing. Yes, she was just a bit naughty.
She met our father John Wesley Reed in high school. He was her senior. After he graduated, he joined the Army. During his tour, they stayed in touch and further developed their relationship through letters. He later wrote to her mother for permission to marry our mother. In 1943, at 19 years old, our Mom left her Mississippi home and migrated to Portland, Oregon to marry the love of her life in a simple ceremony at a Minister’s chapel in Vancouver, Washington. Dad and Mom had been given very strict instructions to send a copy of their Marriage Certificate home so her Mom could be sure of their union. They did. She was a member of Hughes Memorial Church, just a couple of blocks from our home. We walked together as a family to church and back, sometimes even bringing home a friend to share in the delicious Sunday dinners Mom prepared. Irmagene faithfully went to church and would participate in many church activities, such as potlucks, picnics and yardwork. She made sure her children attended Daily Vacation Bible School every summer.
Mom never got to fulfill her dream of becoming an 18-wheel long haul driver (as mentioned earlier, she was a tomboy). Dad preferred that she stay in the home to raise the children. With Dad as the only breadwinner, Mom had to really pinch pennies to make ends meet. She did a great job of canning and freezing foods, sewing dresses, coats and curtains, and performing spring cleaning and you know we children had our own assigned chores. We hated going to the fabric store with Mom because she looked through pattern books for hours, it seemed (Boring...).
Our mother, grandmother, and big mother Irmagene’s legacy lives on through her children: Toni M. Reed Hamilton, Gwen E. Harden Reed-Thrasher (Marvin), Monica D. Reed and Dale L. Reed (Diane), grandchildren: Tia Moore, Charyse Hamilton, Jean Wilson (Zane), Carla Yarborough, Tatiana Sims-Parker (Robert) and Jessica Tanghetti, Great-Grandchildren: Chaneill Nevills, Tyler Hill, Taylor Hill, Kiana Parker, Maxwell Parker and Kayla Wilson, and Great Great-Grandchildren Peyton Acker and Tre’ Acker. She also leaves a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, a few schoolmates, extended family and good friends to cherish her memory.
She was preceded in death by her husband, John W. Reed, her parents, sisters: Etholia Jackson and Mother Margaree Harden Anderson, and brothers: Leonard Harden, Olden Harden and Roscoe Harden.
Our family chain is broken and nothing will ever be the same here on earth, but as God calls us one-by-one, the chain will link again.
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
April 10, 2021
Nana and Kayla (Great-Granddaughter) playing the "Tickle Me" game.
April 10, 2021
My beautiful Mother with My Beautiful Grandmother, Irmagene Reed.
April 10, 2021
Nana and Sugar foot (Carla-Nana's granddaughter) Twinning!
GWEN Harden Reed-Thrasher
April 10, 2021
Hey Mamah. I will miss your bright and loving smile. You were truly a beautiful person inside and outside. I remember when I was little I would always get in trouble and I couldn't understand why...Now that I'm older , I understand it was because I was making poor choices and you were helping me to stay on a straight path. Thank you for keeping me on track and for making me the strong-minded and independent woman that I am today. Love you always Mamah, your little Irmagene.
April 9, 2021
To the most beautiful person I know. Granny I will miss you dearly. I will always remember your inviting smile, comforting hugs, and encouraging words of wisdom that have shined a light for me when I was in the dark, created warmth for me when I was feeling cold, and showed me how to recieve and give love unconditionally to myself and family. I will always remember you and the precious time we spent together chatting, laughing, sleeping, eating then sleeping again in the living room while watching your favorite TV shows and listening to your favorite music artists. Until we meet again, love you granny.
April 8, 2021
On behalf of my daughter, Kayla P. Wilson (Nana's Great-Granddaughter). "I MISS YOU GIGI...I MISS YOUR HUGS...I MISS US TICKLING EACH OTHER...AND ESPECIALLY YOUR YUMMY POUND CAKE!"
April 8, 2021
My Grandmother, whom I affectionately call "Nana" is a Class-Act. As a child, I truly thought she could take down "Wonder Woman". I never saw a woman blessed with so many talents.....cooking, baking, sewing, gardening, decorating, party planner, home improvements (yes, she could handle a hammer and a drill).....the list goes on. Her love for her family has left an indelible mark on our hearts. I am forever grateful for her many years of wisdom that she has given me. Nana often called me, "Little Irma"...lol...as I shared her same spunk and zeal for life. I love you so much Nana and I will see you one day in Paradise.
April 8, 2021
Mom and I had many good times. Waaaay back, when I was pregnant, she (?) and I would get cravings. We loved baked pork steaks and Baskin Robbins Cherry Burgundy ice cream. We'd get our goodies, then go park 'n munch, while people watching at Albertson's or Safeway. Up until she just couldn't go anymore, we still loved to go on our little "field trips".
Love you, Mom ❤