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Ellouise Chastain Reed

Ellouise Chastain Reed, a retired bookkeeper, died Saturday morning of kidney failure at her Dallas home. She was 86.

A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the First Christian Church of Carrollton, 1835 Walnut St.

Born in Tyler, Mrs. Reed graduated from Carrollton High School, now R. L. Turner High School, in 1933. She attended business school before beginning a 45-year career as a bookkeeper. She became regional controller for B.F. Goodrich Co. before getting married and moving to Oregon.

She and her family returned to Dallas 10 years later, where she kept the general ledger for Baifield Industries and the Matthews brothers' construction company.

Mrs. Reed was also a devoted mother, said her daughter, Lois Reed, a Dallas Morning News editor.

"We didn't know it at the time, but she was one of the early supermoms, giving as much time to her kids' activities as possible," her daughter said.

Ellouise Reed was a life member of the Carrollton-Farmers Branch PTA and a member of the Peters Colony Historical Society. She was a lifelong member of the First Christian Church in Carrollton. She belonged to the Carrollton Business & Professional Women's Club, where she had served as president and was once named Woman of the Year.

She was an all-around sports fan, faithfully rooting for teams from the R. L. Turner Lions to Texas Christian University as well as the area's professional teams.

"She wasn't a fair-weather fan, and she wasn't just a spectator," Lois Reed said.

Mrs. Reed was known for her piano playing when she was young. She also loved to bowl and played in leagues for many years. Her husband, Ernest David Reed, died in 1985.

In addition to her daughter, Mrs. Reed is survived by a son, David Charles Reed of Montrose, Colo.

Memorials may be made in Ellouise Reed's name to First Christian Church of Carrollton, 1835 Walnut St., Carrollton, TX 75006; the Verna O'Neill Scholarship Fund at the Carrollton Business & Professional Women's Club, P.O. Box 112112, Carrollton, TX 75011-2112; or a charity of choice.

The Dallas Morning News - January 30, 2002
Author: JOE SIMNACHER, Staff Writer

Submitted by Edward Lynn Williams


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