Gertrude Leona “Gertie” (Muckey) Reed
Gertrude Leona “Gertie” (Muckey) Reed, 93, Springfield, formerly of Lee’s Summit and Bolivar, went home to be with her Lord and Savior, on July 1, 2014. She was born in Lee’s Summit, on May 19, 1921. The fourth child of Charles and Mammie (Tudor) Muckey. Gertie graduated from Lee’s Summit High School in 1939 and worked at Lake City for Remington Arms Ammunition during WWII. After the war, she married the love of her life, Raymond S. Reed, who had returned from active duty with the U.S. Army. Ray and Gertie married on Nov. 23, 1946 and had two sons, Steven “Steve” and William “Bill.” Gertie retired after 20 years at Bakan Plastics (later Calmar). In 2009, Gertie moved to Bolivar to be closer to Bill and his family, then to Christian Health and Rehabilitation East as her health declined.
Gertie committed her life to Christ at a young age and was a charter member of Lee’s Summit First Assembly of God Church, serving at various times as a Sunday School teacher, Children’s Church leader, song leader, missions treasurer, and Women’s Ministries worker, and in her later years, calling absentees, always willing to pray with and encourage them. Gertie and Ray were strong supporters of church missions programs, with both their time and their finances. Gertie was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.
Gertie was preceded in death by her husband Ray in 2000, her parents, and two brothers, Leland “Pete” and Lester. Surviving are her sons Steve (Debbie) Reed of Tyler, Texas and Bill (Peggy) Reed of Bolivar; grandchildren Meredith (Steve) Knapp of Emporia, Kan.; Kevin (Jenn) reed of St. Peters, and Christopher Reed of Milan; 2 great-grandchildren Jarrett Reed, Cooper Reed, Katie Knapp, and Emily Knapp; four step-grandchildren and nine step-great-grandchildren of the state of Texas; a sister Geraldine Wilkins of Springfield; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. on July 17, 2014 in Brighton, Mo., Assembly of God Church. Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. on July 16, 2014 in Greenlawn North Funeral Home North. Burial will be next to her husband in Lee’s Summit Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Bibles for Jamaica Fund at Brighton Assembly of God; 5403 N. Highway F, Brighton, Mo. 65617.
(Arrangements; Greenlawn North Funeral Home, 441 Battlefield, Springfield, Mo., 65807)