May 4, 1926 – Nov. 28, 2018
Mrs. Elvira L. Reed Romine, 92, of Rochester, was surrounded by her loving family when she passed away at 1:35 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018, at her son’s home. This is the home where she and Myron raised their family.
In Fulton County, near Fulton, on May 4, 1926, Elvira Louise King was born. She was a treasured daughter of Fred and Elma Matilda Crum King. Growing up as one of the seven King children, she shared her childhood with five sisters and a brother.
On Sept. 20, 1947, in Rochester, Elvira married the love of her life, Mr. Myron Reed. Together they shared over 38 years of life’s adventures. From their union came three wonderful children, Mike, Bob and Deb. The family tree continued to grow with the added blessings of two more generations.
On Nov. 24, 1995, Elvira married Gerald M. Romine, who survives.
Elvira was a member of the 1st Baptist Church for many years. As a young woman she worked for Dr. Dean K. Stinson and at Blumenthal’s. Later Elvira was employed in food service at Woodlawn Hospital and served up great meals as head cook at Rochester Middle School.
Myron and Beezy enjoyed annual color trips in the autumn to Brown County and Rockville. Back in the day she could be found on the farm during cold winter nights birthing the sows. She was a woman of many talents. The family enjoyed fishing year-round at Van Duyne’s gravel pit and ice skating. On Saturday evenings they took the kids to town for a tummy tickler.
Beezy loved to play board and spirited card games. Her favorites were euchre and Sequence, both of which she seldom lost. To keep herself sharp Elvira enjoyed solving word searches. Puzzles was a great winter and autumn activity that she dearly enjoyed with her family. A recent puzzle included 1,500 pieces with the subject of an underwater landscape. Sending birthday cards to all family and some close friends was a thoughtful remembrance.
Annually, Elvira led the family with the planting, maintenance and harvest of two gardens. With the harvest Beezy could be spotted in her kitchen canning and freezing the bountiful harvest for winters use.
Grandma Beezy was the matriarch of the Reed family. She was proud to oversee four generations. An amazing cook and baker, she shared her culinary talents with her family. Best known for her sugar cookies with seasonal accents, no holiday would pass without the moist, iced and decorated sugar cookies for all to enjoy. They were made with her recipe that included lard and buttermilk. Her family remembers the zucchini bread, cranberry salad, cakes and pies. Beezy would handle the quality control and taste testing. From each pie she removed a thin sliver to taste test. She was also a fan of ice cream, a nightly ritual before bedtime.
Left to cherish Elvira’s memory are two sons, Michael Reed, of Argos, and Robert Reed and wife Ginger; a daughter, Debra “Deb” Neag and husband Ron, all of Rochester; four grandchildren, Melissa Lance and husband Wayne, Aimee Hrabosky and husband Luke, Austin Gibbons and wife Ashley, and Ethan Reed; nine great-grandchildren, Jaden Lance, Kayleigh Lance, Addison Lance, Micah Lance, Gabe Hrabosky, Judah Hrabosky, Lilly Hrabosky, Madeline Kay Gibbons and Lillian Marie Gibbons; two sisters, Julia Faulkner, of Bremen, and Charlotte Massey, of Hot Springs, Ark.; several nieces, nephews and cousins also survive.
Preceding Elvira in death are her parents, beloved husband Myron on March 9, 1986, daughter-in-law, Sharon Reed, brother Edward King and his wife Juanita King; and three sisters, Ruby Dinwoodie, Hazel Kercher and Frances Miller.
A celebration of the life of Mrs. Elvira L. “Beezy” Reed will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2018, at the Good Family Funeral Home, 1200 W. 18th St., Rochester. Friends may visit with the family from 4-7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018, and an hour prior to her services on Wednesday. Chaplain Teri White will officiate. Interment will follow in the Rochester IOOF Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Parkinson’s Foundation, 135 Parkinson Ave., Staten Island, NY 10305-1425 or to Kindred Hospice, 1476 W. 18th St., Rochester, IN 46975. Electronic expressions of sympathy may be made to her family at www.goodfamilyfh.com.