Betty Mae Reed

Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Betty Mae Reed

Betty Mae Reed, 91, of Fort Scott, passed away Saturday afternoon, July 22, 2017, at her home. She was born March 2, 1926, in Kansas City, Mo., the daughter of Monroe Thomas and Alta Mae (Gregg) Lyles. She married Ralph Arthur Reed June 18, 1944 in Fort Scott, Kan., and he preceded her in death March 10, 2011.

Betty moved to Fort Scott with her family when she was 14 years old. She graduated from Fort Scott High School with the class of 1944. She worked briefly for Key Industries before marrying Ralph who was a dairy farmer. Ralph entered the U.S. Army during WW II and Betty worked as a secretary on base until he was sent overseas. After his discharge in 1946, they returned to the family farm and began raising their family. Betty was a homemaker, a job she loved. Much later in life she worked for B&B Goals, a company owned by her sister Barbara and her husband Bob Eshelbrenner; another job she loved as shop foreman.

Betty was a life-long Presbyterian and was one of the oldest members of First Presbyterian Church in Fort Scott. She and Ralph were married there, raised their children in the church and she was a very active member serving as a Sunday school teacher, elder, member and moderator for Presbyterian Women and numerous church committees. Betty also served her community on the FHA board, the Center School Board, and volunteered at The Beacon. She was also a 4-H leader, Democrat Committee Member, a Red Hat Lady and she was co-chair for her graduating class for the all-school reunions. Betty loved crossword puzzles, Sudoku, playing cards with friends, bowling, romance novels and watching her “boys,” the Royals, play. She was an avid Fort Scott High School Tiger, Uniontown Eagle and Fort Scott Community College Greyhound fan. As parents, Ralph and Betty were most proud of sending their children through college. Betty was a loving and devoted wife, mother, and grandmother.

Betty is survived by her children, Ralph L. Reed and wife Barbara of Fort Scott, John T. Reed and wife Maggie of Overland Park, Kan., Kathy Reed of Savonburg, Kan., and Mert Barrows and husband Jim, of Fort Scott; sisters Barbara Eshelbrenner and husband Bob, of Derby, Kan., and Patricia Wintle of Mission, Texas; nine grandchildren, Ralph W. Reed, Joseph Reed, Matthew Reed, Blake Reed, Dawn Reed, Nicholas Barrows, Christopher Barrows, Charles Milde, and Dona Leon; 13 great-grandchildren, and her best friend Darlene Cowen, of Mesa, Ariz. In addition to her husband Ralph, she was also preceded in death by her parents, a sister, Joanne Lyles Tucker; two brothers, Warren Lyles, and Lewis Lyles; a grandson, Jamie Barrows, and son-in-law Chuck Reed.

Rev. Dr. Jared Witt will conduct funeral services 11 a.m. Thursday, July 27, 2017, at the First Presbyterian Church with burial following at the Fort Scott National Cemetery under the direction of the Konantz-Cheney Funeral Home. The family will receive friends Wednesday evening July 26, 2017, from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorial contributions may be made to either the First Presbyterian Church, or Mercy Hospice, and left in the care of the Konantz-Cheney Funeral Home, 15 W. Wall Street, P.O. Box 309, Fort Scott, KS 66701. Condolences may be submitted to the online guestbook at