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Don Ella Reed

Don Ella Marie Dailey Reed was born on August 7, 1927 to David Leroy and Gertrude Edna (Davis) Dailey, the ninth of eleven children in the family. She left this earth on March 25, 2019 at the age of 91, living a long and happy life.

Don Ella graduated from Mount Ayr High School in 1945. On June 1, 1946, she married Kenneth Reed and they established their home in rural Ellston. To this union five children were born: Phyllis Ann, Allan Dean, Alyce Kay, Lisa Jane, and Debra Jo. They enjoyed life on the farm south of Tingley until their retirement in 1991, moving to Mount Ayr and building a home on her parents’ lot. For many years, they opened their home to friends and family on Fridays for lunch and fellowship. Don Ella enjoyed bon fires & wiener roasts on the farm, laughing, playing cards, cooking and always family get-togethers. Don Ella was an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan. As long as her health permitted, she volunteered at the Neighborhood Center forming lasting friendships. Her church was very important to her and brought her great joy. She was a member of the Presbyterian Church in Tingley, later transferring to the United Baptist Presbyterian Church in Mount Ayr. She spent her entire life in Ringgold County.

Those preceding her in death are her parents; husband Kenneth in 1996; brothers Harold, Jack, Howard, Frank, and Merle; sisters Darlene Harvey, Margaret Rhodes and Dorothy Taylor; brother-in-law Joe Don Reed.

She leaves behind her children Phyllis (Russ) Brandes of Hancock, IA, Allan (Linda) Reed of Spickard, MO, Alyce (Ed) Mattis of West Des Moines, IA, Lisa Jackson of Ellston, IA, and Debra (Bill) Dodge of Des Moines, IA; grandchildren Arianna (Mike) Graham, William Dodge II, Darcy (Frank) Hines, David, Jennifer and Michael Dodge; great grandsons Colby and Caden Hines; brother Donald “Jake” Dailey; sister Jo Parker; sister-in-law Gloria Reed; two special nieces, who spent many summers on the farm, JoKaye Shields and Karen Clark; special friends Leonard and Charlotte Swank; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

Memorials are to the Ringgold County Public Health and the Family Resource Center.

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So sorry for your loss. The Reeds, and my parents both retired from the farm and built homes in Mt. Ayr across the street from one another. After both ladies were widowed, Don Ella and my mom were a great source of support and comfort to each other.

Sharon Lesan Mar 30 2019 12:00 AM

A Small Basket Garden was ordered on March 29, 2019

Expression of Sympathy Mar 29 2019 12:00 AM

We were sorry to learn of the loss of a beautiful soul, Don Ella. With connection to both the Dailey family and the Reed family I (Rex) knew Don Ella and Kenny down through the years from Ellston. Both good people, always happy; it was always fun to see them. After Kenny's passing I would see her and she always knew me with that same joviality customary to her. Thankful for having known Don Ella, and pray for all her family to find peace, knowing she is in a beautiful place now. Rex and Winnie Fowler Carlisle, Iowa

Rex and Winnie Fowler Mar 29 2019 12:00 AM

An Among the Clouds Basket was ordered on March 29, 2019

Expression of Sympathy Mar 29 2019 12:00 AM

One of the most ornery (in the best sense of the word) people I have ever had the pleasure of knowing! Don Ella had so much courage and stamina to keep going she became a champion to me! Sorry that she passed, but I know she is now and ever more with the Savior she loved and lived for all her life. See ya soon little lady!
Michael Maddy

Michael Maddy Mar 28 2019 12:00 AM

An A Little Bit of Sunshine was ordered on March 28, 2019

Expression of Sympathy Mar 28 2019 12:00 AM

We are sorry to learn of Don Ella's passing. She was very pleasant. We look forward to seeing her, young and healthy, in the resurrection. Jesus promised, "Do not be amazed at this, because the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out, those who did good things to a resurrection of life." John 5:28, 29

Jim & Donna Adams Mar 27 2019 12:00 AM

A Petals Aglow was sent on March 27, 2019

From the Lesan kids: Sharon, Jacque and Gene

Expression of Sympathy Mar 27 2019 12:00 AM