Mary Janice (Phipps) Reed

Born: Tue., Apr. 1, 1947
Died: Thu., Aug. 3, 2017


2:00 PM to 4:00 PM, Sun., Aug. 06, 2017
Location: Bethel Tabernacle Church of God

Funeral Service

4:00 PM Sun., Aug. 06, 2017
Location: Bethel Tabernacle Church of God

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Mary Janice Reed, of Kokomo, joined her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ at 11:37 a.m. Thursday, August 3, 2017. Mary’s family sang and prayed with her while she passed on to Heaven. She was born in Kokomo, Indiana on April 1, 1947, to Raymond and Shirley Phipps.

Mary married Reverend M. David “Doc” Reed on November 27, 1965 at West Middleton Church of God. David and Mary later went on to pastor the West Middleton Church of God for more than 25 years. Mary was dedicated to The Lord’s work playing the organ, teaching Sunday School, and picking up those who needed rides. Mary and David were married nearly 45 years.

Mary worked at Western Elementary and Christian Heritage schools as a teacher’s aide. She made many friends and was always a smiling face at Cracker Barrel Country Store and Restaurant. She was employed there for over 15 years.  She was a member of the former West Middleton Church of God and attended Bethel Tabernacle and Pilgrim Holiness Church.

Mary loved her husband and children so very much. She also loved, adored and helped her grandchildren everyway she could. Those who knew Mary loved and were blessed by her smile and gentle Christ-like nature.

Mary could often be found working in her flower gardens.  She was chosen as a participant for the Howard County Garden Stroll in 2012 and 2013.  Mary also enjoyed painting and took lessons for several years.

Mary and David had three children, Wade and Serena Reed, of Kokomo, David and Pamela Reed, of Kokomo, and Stephanie and Jay Parent, of Galveston.

In addition to her children, she is survived by six grandsons,  Caleb Reed, Clayton (Kayla) Reed, Adam (Jamie) Reed, Luke Reed, Porter Parent, and Parker Parent; five great-grandchildren, Chase, Aria, Carter, and Alaina, and their mother Amanda Reed, and Crixus and his mother Ella Gauvin; siblings, John (Phyllis) Phipps, Donna (Lowell) Roode, and Barry Phipps; and sister-in-law, Maggie Phipps.

She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; and siblings, Shirley Campbell and Robert Phipps.

Funeral services will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 6, 2017, at Bethel Tabernacle, 661 W. 400 S. (St. Rd. 26), Kokomo, with Pastors Steve Branstutter and David Cornelius officiating. Burial will follow in South Union Cemetery.  Friends may call from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the church. Memorial contributions may be made in Mary’s memory to the church of your choice. Messages of condolence may be expressed online at Stout & Son Funeral Home, Russiaville, has been entrusted with arrangements. 

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Peggy Hollingsworth
   Posted Fri August 04, 2017
Donna and family -- I recall when the Phipps family moved to Russiaville and you and Mary were "new faces" at school, but soon became well adapted into the Western community. Whenever I drove by Mary's place, I would think of all of the beauty in nature that she had cultivated through her gift of gardening. I am sorry for your loss, a life gone far too soon.

Jeffrey Prater
   Posted Fri August 04, 2017
Aunt Mary was a beautiful lady and very kind. Her love for Christ is demonstrated through her children's, grandchildren's lives as they carry on His ministry. The only thought that comes to mind is what the late Rev. D.L. Moody said about death. "Some day you will read in the papers that D.L. Moody, of East Northfield, is dead. Don't you believe a word of it! At that moment I shall be more alive than I am now. I shall have gone up higher, that is all-out of this old clay tenement into a house that is immortal; a body that death cannot touch, that sin cannot taint, a body fashioned like unto his glorious body. I was born of the flesh in 1837. I was born of the Spirit in 1856. That which is born of the flesh may die. That which is born of the Spirit will live forever." I see the same thing with Aunt Mary. She is reunited with her Lord and Savior whom died for her and whom she served as well as her late husband - David Reed. - In Loving Memories - Mary Reed