Myrna Elaine Reed

December 10, 1939November 2, 2019
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Myrna Elaine Reed died at the age of 79 on November 2, 2019, having lived a wonderful life built on faith, family, and friendship.

She was lucky enough to be born into a farm family and grew up with her brother Dave and sister Ann on the farm her parents Chet, and Helen Couser had just outside the town of Zearing. It was there that she met the love of her life, Jerry Reed, and they had a spring wedding at the Little Brown Church in Nashua in 1965.

They were blessed with a daughter Leanne and a son Gary that they raised in Humboldt. They enjoyed traveling as a family, going to Iowa State Football games and to Lake Okoboji. The fairy tale ended when Jerry was lost to cancer in 1997. Nevertheless, Myrna was an amazing, strong woman, and she was determined to build a happy life.

It was not the life she had planned, but it was a different, wonderful life. She was blessed with the best six grandchildren in the world. She kept busy going to all their games, concerts, and recitals. She hosted Girl Scout sleepovers and learned the ins and outs of video games. Myrna had an incredible group of tightknit friends who called themselves SSENIPPAH, which is happiness spelled backward.

Myrna had her card lady friends and her exercise group friends. She traveled to Australia, England, and Italy. She laughed, drank wine, and lived every day. She was a beautiful sunny spirit that always saw the good in people. When others could only see rain, she would find the rainbow.

Myrna leaves behind a family that cherishes her legacy of love and faithfulness: Daughter Leanne (Scott); son Gary (Jennifer); grandchildren Christian, Sam, Katie, Sydney, Ajay, and Sophie; sister Ann; Brother Dave (Judy); numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins; all the SSENIPPAH ladies, and friends.

After 22 years apart, she was welcomed in heaven by her beloved husband, Jerry, and the thought of this reunion brings great comfort to all who loved her.


  • Walnut Hills United Methodist Church


  • Visitation Thursday, November 7, 2019
  • Funeral Service Thursday, November 7, 2019


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Steve and Nancy Letcher

November 8, 2019

Myrna and her family are a beautiful example of loving one another deeply from the heart.
You have chosen to live your lives (with its many ups and downs) with joy!
We can only imagine the greatest joy of all as Myrna was welcomed into Heaven
by our beautiful Savior, Jesus.
We send our love and prayers to all of you, and especially to Ann.

Ruth & Larry Eggers

November 7, 2019

Leanne, Gary & families: How wonderful to know how much everyone loved your Mama. Her laugh and smile were contagious
and she would not settle for not being happy! She has always been
a special cousin and we know how proud you must be of her. To Ann, David and families, our thoughts and prayers are with you as
well. Go 'Clones!!!!! Love, Ruth & Larry Eggers & family

Janet Kirkpatrick

November 6, 2019

Myrna was our neighbor when we lived in Days Run. She was kind, funny, and loved her family. She was so very proud of her grandkids and loved sharing their achievements and latest ventures. We talked about being raised on a farm, Iowa State sports, and where she was off to next! She had the busiest social life I've anyone I've ever met! I just saw a quote that said "Be the things that you miss the most about the people who are gone." I hope I can life my life with the same zest and kindness that Myrna lived hers. Wishing all of her family peace and comfort, Russ and Janet Kirkpatrick

Del Thorson

November 6, 2019

I have great memories of visiting my grandparents in Zearing and playing with my cousins at Uncle Chet and Aunt Helen's farm. Couser family reunions were special. We children entertained the adults with songs and skits. What fun. Though geographic distance has limited my experiences with my cousins, I have always felt an affinity and closeness of heart. I share in the sentiments expressed by those who knew Myrna well. My condolences to Ann and Dave and your families. Celebrate Myrna's gracious and vibrant life and rejoice that she is in her heavenly home.

Judy Couser

November 6, 2019

When I first met you 55 years ago (after first dating Dave) I knew right away We would be close. Jerry and Dave picked out the same engagement rings. It has been so great the last ten years living closer. We have watched the highs and lows of Iowa State ball games together and so enjoyed our time together with you and Ann and Dave and I. We always have those memories. We will continue to high five you in heaven when the Cyclones make touchdowns and win basketball games. Leanne and Gary you were so privileged to have such a fantastic Mom and your kids a Grandmother.

Diane Eberhart

November 6, 2019

I became acquainted with Myrna while serving as the Children, Youth and Family minister at Walnut Hills UMC, retiring last July. She was such a caring, positive person - and a faithful servant. My deepest sympathy to you.

Kimberly Stephen

November 5, 2019

I got to know Myrna through her niece Shelley. She was such a sweetheart and made me feel so welcome in her home. I heard so many good things about Myrna and her family through Shelley. God bless her family.

Helene Fein

November 5, 2019

When SSENIPPAH first formed as a group for those who had lost a spouse, we were determined to keep the mood light and to have fun. Myrna was the best hostess offering her beautiful home for holiday parties and sleepovers. The laughter that we all enjoyed at her home were a reflection of Myrna's positive spirit and her beautiful personality. To say that she will be missed is a huge understatement. Rest in peace and enjoy your eternal life with your husband. And, say hello to our husbands in heaven.

Bette Garfield

November 5, 2019

Myrna was the sweetest and kindest ssenippah sister we could have. She had a way of making each one of us feel welcome and as if it mattered to her that we were there. I will greatly miss her. But, she is back with the angels where she fits right in.

Arlee & LaDonna Waring

November 5, 2019

Myrna was such a positive, friendly lady who will be greatly missed. She didn’t know a stranger and was fun to be around. We send our deepest sympathy to her family and wish you peace and comfort knowing she is watching over you from heaven.