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Shirley Reed

April 20, 1931 — March 22, 2022

VILLE PLATTE - A Mass of Christian Burial will be held for Shirley Louise Archer Reed at 11:00 AM on Thursday, March 24, 2022, at Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church in Ville Platte, La.  Father Tom Voorhies will celebrate the Mass.  Burial will take place at Evangeline Memorial Park.

Shirley Archer Reed, 90, passed away on Tuesday, March 22, 2022, in Ville Platte. Shirley grew up in Walla Walla, Washington. She attended Mary Cliff High School in Spokane, Washington, she also attended the Hildenbrandt School of Dancing in the 1940’s and was a ballerina. Shirley was a member of the Grail in the 1940’s “Young Catholic women could get married, join a convent, or join the Grail and see the world”. Shirley traveled the country and ended up in Louisiana where she attended SLI now ULL. While at ULL Shirley was involved with the Catholic Student Center where she met her husband Tony. Shirley graduated with a degree in economics in 1954.

Shirley married Tony November 19, 1955, raised 9 children while she was an educator for 35 years. Shirley was involved in her community and was a 4-H judge, member of the Catholic Daughters for 65 years, member of Come Lord Jesus, & Threads if Love. In retirement Shirley was involved in many activities of the church. Enjoyed growing pineapples. Shirley was a compassionate, caring, loving wife, mother, grandmother and great grandmother. Shirley will be missed greatly and dearly by all who knew and loved her along with many friends and family from the West Coast.

She leaves behind to cherish her memory, her sons, Gregory Reed and wife, Becky of Magnolia, AR and Michael Reed of Ville Platte; daughters, Clare Kimble and husband, Max of Portland, OR and Catherine Louise Reed Toups and husband, Darren of Ville Platte; 14 grandchildren, Remy, Chasity, Cody, Kasey, Britni, Natalie, Maggie, Jessica, Katie, Abbie, Aidan, Oliver, Amelia, and Gabriel; 20 great-grandchildren, Triston, Marley, Evie Cate, Finn, Kaytlyn, Victoria, MariAnne, Landon, Emily, Cole, Jacelyn, Averie, Noah, Christian, Noelle, Reed, Adalina, IvaWinter, ElliMae, and Piper; and brother, Michael Archer and wife, Gayle of Incline Village, NV.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, Anthony D. Reed; parents, Lester and Iva Archer; sons, David Reed, Timothy Paul Reed, and Christopher Reed; daughters, Carol Anne Reed and Mary Elizabeth Reed; granddaughter, Jenny Kay Berzas Brignac; and brother, Richard Archer.

Visitation will be held at Ardoin’s Funeral Home of Ville Platte on Wednesday, March 23, 2022, from 2:00 PM until 8:00 PM.  A rosary will be led by Father Tom Voorhies at 5:00 PM.  Visitation will resume on Thursday, March 24, 2022, from 8:00 AM until time of service.

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Ardoin’s Funeral Home in Ville Platte is in charge of arrangements.

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