Shelbyville Daily Union


April 8, 2014

Ruth Elizabeth Reed

Ruth Elizabeth Reed


Ruth Elizabeth Reed, 94, of Mode, Illinois, died at 5:40 p.m. Sunday, April 6, 2014 in her residence.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, April 11, 2014 in Mode United Methodist Church, Mode, IL with Rev. Kathy Lewis and Rev. C.W. Lewis officiating. Visitation will be from 5:00-8:00 p.m. Thursday in Howe and Yockey Funeral Home, Shelbyville, IL. Burial will be in Hubbartt Cemetery, near Beecher City, IL. Memorials may be given to Mode United Methodist Church or Lincolnland Hospice.

Ruth was born on February 29, 1920 in Shelby County, Illinois, the daughter of Roy Edward and Tenna Anna Holmes Syfert. She married Charles Mason Reed on May 30, 1942. Ruth was a homemaker and babysitter in early years. She loved to bake and cook. She was well-known for her pies, noodles, and sugar cookies (which were cut out and decorated). Her cinnamon rolls and twists were delicious, along with, when we all got together and made, her homemade doughnuts. Ruth loved spending time with family and friends. Her faith was her passion, she was a member of Mode United Methodist Church. She earned her 50 year pin, for perfect attendance, attending Sunday school. Ruth loved the holidays, especially Christmas. She loved to decorate the house and bake her famous sugar cookies for the holidays.

She is survived by her daughters, Darlene Baker of Effingham, IL, Connie Hawes and husband Butch of Mode, IL, and Cheryl Reed of Mode, IL; sons, Ronald Reed and wife Nancy of Effingham, IL, Gene Reed of Allenville, IL, and Troy Reed and wife Susan of Mode, IL; sisters, Ruby Roberts and Virginia Becker both of Effingham, IL; sister-in-law, Fern Syfert of Hamilton, IL; grandchildren, Brian Baker and wife Lori, Shelly Baker, Rodney Hawes, Daren Rich and wife Beccah, Matt Reed, Brandon Reed and wife Ashley, Kris Reed and wife Jessie, and Kanen Reed and fiancée, Shiloh Vonderheide; and great grandchildren, Boone Baker and wife Jessica, Brianna Faulhaber and husband Jason, Ian Grzelak, Aubrie Hout, Averie Hout, Daren Christopher (DC) Rich II, Alexandria Reed, Trinity Reed, Tristan Reed, Tess Reed, Hemi Reed, Dalton Waschle, Kiah Waschle, Rene Titus and husband Dale and Brad Brewer; great great grandchildren, Mackenzie Titus, Kimber Lynn Elizabeth Faulhaber (in the near future); and several nieces and nephews.

Her children award her with being the greatest, loving Mother. She was the greatest Grandmother, Great Grandmother, Great Great Grandmother, Sister and Aunt. Ruth (Mom) will be greatly missed by family and friends, but will always be in our hearts and minds.

She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Mason Reed on November 10, 1992; brother, Elmer Syfert, Olin Syfert, and John Syfert; sisters, Edna Prosser and Wanda Jones; sisters-in-law, Callie Syfert and Dorothy Syfert; son-in-law, Gary Baker; and infant grandson, Randy Russell Hawes.

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