Myrtie L. Reed, age 91, of Tecumseh, passed away Dec. 25, 2010.
Myrtie was born Oct. 5, 1919, in Tecumseh, the daughter of Henry and Pheba (Hofmann) Kempf.
On Dec. 24, 1955, she married Lester Reed in Tecumseh. He preceded her in death on March 28, 1988.
Myrtie was a lifelong resident of Tecumseh and was a 1938 graduate of Tecumseh High School graduating as valedictorian. She continued her education and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Detroit Mercy College of Nursing in 1942 as a registered nurse, member of the St. Joseph Hospital, Ann Arbor Unit.
Myrtie retired from Herrick Memorial Hospital in 1958 having worked there for several years as a nurse in the Operating Room. She was a member of the Tecumseh First Presbyterian Church and their Golden Cross Circle and Women’s Association.
Myrtie is survived by five nieces, Judy (Dean) Pilbeam, Joan Siefert, Bonnie (Dave) Hagewood, Ann (Doug) Kalis, and Ruth Rosenbarger and nephew, Larry (Marge) Reed. Also surviving are several great nieces and nephews.
Myrtie was preceded in death by her parents: son, Michael Reed, and brothers, Augustus, Winfred, Norman, Raymond and Henry Kempf.
Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 30, 2010, at the J. Gilbert Purse Funeral Home, Tecumseh with Rev. Richard Mortimer officiating. Burial will follow in Brookside Cemetery.
Visitation was held from 4 to 8 p.m. both Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 28 and 29, 2010, at J. Gilbert Purse Funeral Home, Tecumseh.
Memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimers's Association, Tecumseh Place II, or First Presbyterian Church of Tecumseh.
Condolences to the family may be made online at www.pursefuneralhome.com.