Obituary: Sharon J. Reid

Sharon J. Reid, 79, died Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018, at Reed’s Cove Health Care in Wichita, following a brief illness.

She was born Dec. 10, 1938, in Eureka, Kan., to J. Everett and Velva (Todd) Gray. On Feb. 1, 1958, she married John Thomas “Tom” Reid in Newton. He preceded her in death on Nov. 16, 2009.

Sharon was a member of the St. Mary Catholic Church in Newton. She worked for the Society of Decorative Toll Painters and also worked earlier in her life for the Santa Fe Railroad. The work of being a loving homemaker, mother and wife was Sharon’s greatest joy. She was a natural caregiver and cared for many family members in her home, including her beloved brother John. She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, tending her flowers and reading. Sharon was an avid fan of both KU and WSU basketball.

She is survived by her daughters, Amy Reid Schell and her husband Bob Schell of Centennial, Colo., and their children, Elizabeth, Jack and Thomas; and Jennifer Reid of Wichita, Kansas and her children, Madison and Conor. She is also survived by her brother, John Gray of Newton, and sister, Patricia Rickabaugh of Gibsonia, Pa.

Sharon was preceded in death by her parents and husband.

Funeral Mass was Jan. 10 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Newton, with the Reverend Nicholas Voelker presiding. Visitation was Jan. 9, with the Rosary being recited at Petersen Funeral Home. The family received friends following the Rosary. Burial will be in St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Newton.

Memorials may be made to Harry Hynes Hospice or St. Mary Catholic Church in care of Petersen Funeral Home.

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