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Helen Reed


The Tribune

 

HARLEM -- Harlem native Helen (Skones) Reed, 73, died Wednesday at her home in Billings after a long illness.

A memorial service is 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Lutheran Church in Harlem.

Survivors include her husband, Robert "Bud" Reed; sons Thomas, Mickey and Robert Reed, all of Billings; a daughter, Linda Reed of San Diego; sisters Sylvia MacFarlane of Deer Lodge and Arlene Anderson of Malta; brothers Gordon Skones of Turner and Russell Skones of Chinook, and three grandchildren.

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BILLINGS GAZATTE                                                                        Sunday, October 14, 2001

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Helen Skones Reed

Helen Skones Reed, 73, passed away Wednesday morning, Oct. 10, 2001, at home in Billings with her devoted husband, Bud, holding her hand. Surrounded by the love of her two oldest sons, two grandsons and the excellent care of Hospice, her passing marked the end of a long and difficult illness.

Born in Harlem, Mont., March 13, 1928, to Peter and Selma Skones, Helen grew up on a farm east of Turner. Graduating from Turner High School in 1946, Helen attended Northern Montana College and taught in a one-room school north of Rudyard. Then as postmistress in Turner, Helen met Robert Jones Reed and they married in a candlelight ceremony in the Turner Lutheran Church on Thanksgiving, 1949. They farmed east of Turner with Bud’s father. Later, Bud worked construction and they lived several years in Harlem, Havre and small towns in North Central Montana. In 1966, they moved to Great Falls where Helen worked for a grocery chain and Bud joined Burlington Northern.

Helen loved meeting and chatting with new people and again worked in the grocery business when they transferred to Billings in 1981. A few years later, she became an Avon representative. Her husband said she was the happiest during the years she was out driving around the Heights, visiting customers and tending her business. She won several top salesperson awards and continued working by phone with a small group of long-time customer-friends until January of this year.

As a young woman, Helen played the piano and organ for church and other special events. At various times, she also sang in the Lutheran Church choirs in Turner, Harlem, Hogeland and Havre. She loved the summertime and for most of her life spent endless hours in her gardens which ranged from small patches of roses and a house surrounded by flowers to huge vegetable gardens which she canned, preserved and shared with others.

Most of all, Helen loved her family and leaves many people who loved her: Robert “Bud” Reed, her husband; sons: Thomas, Mickey and Robert Reed, and grandson Christopher Reed all of Billings; her daughter Linda Reed of San Diego; a grandson, Brandon Reed, granddaughter Tammy Olds of Darby and former daughters-in-law, Beth Ann Brown of Darby and Carolyn Reed of Kirkland, Wash. In addition, she is survived by sisters, Sylvia MacFarlane of Deer Lodge and Arlene Anderson of Malta; and brothers, Gordon Skones of Turner and Russell Skones of Chinook, along with dozens of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends who were often sisters and brothers-in-law.

She was preceded in death by a daughter, Terrol Lynn, a son, Rodney, a sister, Gladys Gill, both of her parents and Bud’s father, Bob Reed, who became a second father.

The family wishes to extend their heartfelt thanks to all the friends and relatives who have called, visited and sent messages of concern and support to Helen during these last several months. They also wish to thank Dr. James Girolami for his very long and extraordinary personal care, frequent calls to the family and visit to Helen the day before she passed.

A memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 16 in the Lutheran Church in Harlem. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials in her name to Big Sky Hospice at Box 35033, Billings, MT 59107.

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THE BLAINE COUNTY JOURNAL NEWS-OPINION                           Wednesday, October 17, 2001

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HELEN REED

  Helen (Skones) Reed, 73, passed away Wednesday morning, Oct. 10, 2001, at home in Billings with her devoted husband, Bud, holding her hand. Surrounded by the love of her two oldest sons, two grandsons and the excellent care of Hospice, her passing marked the end of a long and difficult illness. A memorial service was held at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 16, in the American Lutheran Church in Harlem. Memorials in her honor are suggested to the Big Sky Hospice at Box 35.33, Billings, MT 69107.
  Born in Harlem on March 13, 1928, to Peter and Selma Skones, Helen grew up on a farm east of Turner. Graduating from Turner High School in 1946, she attended Northern Montana College in Havre and taught in a one-room school north of Rudyard. While serving as the postmistress in Turner, Helen met Robert Jones Reed and they married in a candlelight ceremony in the Turner Lutheran Church on Thanksgiving, 1949. They farmed east of Turner with Bud’s father. Later, Bud worked construction and they lived several years in Harlem, Havre and small towns in North Central Montana. In 1966, they moved to Great Falls where Helen worked for a grocery chain and Bud joined Burlington Northern.
  Helen loved meeting and chatting with new people and again worked in the grocery business when they transferred to Billings in 1981. A few years later, she became an Avon representative. Her husband said she was the happiest during the years she was out driving around the Heights, visiting customers and tending her business. She won several top salesperson awards and continued working by phone with a small group of long-time customer-friends until January of this year.
  As a young woman, Helen played the piano and organ for church and other special events. At various times, she also sang in the Lutheran Church choirs in Turner, Harlem, Hogeland and Havre. She loved the summertime and for most of her life spent endless hours in her gardens which ranged from small patches of roses and a house surrounded by flowers to huge vegetable gardens which she canned, preserved and shared with others.
  Most of all, Helen loved her family and leaves many people who loved her including her husband Robert “Bud” Reed of Billings; three sons: Thomas, Mickey and Robert Reed all of Billings; daughter, Linda Reed of San Diego; grandsons Christopher Reed and Brandon Reed; granddaughter Tammy Olds; sisters, Sylvia MacFarlane of Deer Lodge and Arlene Anderson of Malta; brothers, Gordon Skones of Turner and Russell Skones of Chinook; former daughters-in-law, Beth Ann Brown and Carolyn Reed; along with dozens of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
  She was preceded in death by a daughter, Terrol Lee; a son, Rodney; a sister, Gladys Gill; her parents and Bud’s father, Bob Reed, who became a second father to her.
  The family wishes to extend their heartfelt thanks to all the friends and relatives who have called, visited and sent messages of concern and support to Helen during these last several months.

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