Obituary of Betty Reed

Betty Sue Reed, age 94, a resident of Ft. Scott, Kansas, passed away Wednesday, November 24, 2021, at the Olathe Medical Center in Olathe, Kansas.

She was born October 11, 1927, at the family farm near Lamar, Missouri, the daughter of John Beall and Ellen Beagles Beall.  She graduated from the Lamar High School with the Class of 1945.

Betty married Gareth DeWayne “Gary” Reed on November 18, 1952, in Lamar.  Betty and Gary lived on the farm in Lamar until moving to Ft. Scott, Kansas in 1964.

After moving to Ft. Scott, Betty worked as secretary for the First United Methodist Church. She served in this capacity for twenty-five years.  In addition to working as secretary, Betty was also involved with the M & M Homebuilders Sunday School Class and the United Methodist Women.

In earlier years, Betty and Gary were both involved with Boy Scouts and Campfire Girls.

Betty enjoyed playing pinochle, golfing and traveling.

Betty and Gary enjoyed visiting their son, Douglas, while he was stationed with the United States Air Force.  They made trips to Alaska, Hawaii, England, France, Italy, Germany and other European countries as well as nearly every state in the United States.


Survivors include her three children, David Reed (Tomè Cousin) of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Douglas Reed (Kathy), of Lee’s Summit, Missouri and Susan Brown (Dean), of Inman, Kansas; six grandchildren, Karsen Lane (Ryan), Emily Blickhan (Josh), Kit Robertson (Sarah), Randi Grosvenor (Greg), Justin Reed and Ryan Reed and five great-grandchildren, Colton, Josiah, Ellis, Frances and June.

Betty was preceded in death by her husband, Gary, on November 3, 2012.  She was also preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Mary Ellen Bartlett.


Rev. Christopher Eshelman will conduct funeral services at 11:30 A.M. Wednesday, December 1st at the First United Methodist

Church.  Burial will follow in the U. S. National Cemetery.

The family will receive friends on Wednesday from 10:30 A.M. until service time at the church.

Memorials are suggested to the First United Methodist Church and may be left in care of the Cheney Witt Chapel, 201 S. Main, P.O. Box 347, Ft. Scott, KS 66701.  Words of remembrance may be submitted to the online guestbook at

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