Aldene Regina Rutrough Reed, of Bent Mountain, departed this life on Sunday, February 10, 2019, seven weeks shy of her 98 birthday. She was born in Floyd County, Va. on March 23, 1921 and was married to Homer E. Reed for over 74 years. Other than short stints in Radford, Salem and Roanoke during World War II, she lived her entire life in Floyd and Roanoke counties. She was a wife, mother, homemaker, partner in Reed Orchard and a hard worker at all things needing to be done. She was a kind and considerate person, always putting others before herself. She excelled at cooking large meals for her family of farm workers/big eaters and always had plenty for whoever might show up at meal time. But above all else, she was a believer in her Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ and a faithful worker for His Church. She was a member of Lawrence Memorial Methodist Church since the dedication of its present building in 1948, and Stonewall Methodist/Brethren Church, which was near her home place before that. She was awarded numerous awards by The Methodist Home in Roanoke, Va. Aldene was preceded in death by her parents, Albert Chapel Rutrough and Bertha Alma Whitenack Rutrough; brothers, Wilton Howard, Oscar Mitchell and Lewis Gwinn; sisters, Helen Burton and husband, Maurice Atkinson, June Mildred and husband, Julian Mowles, Virginia Louise and husband, Buren Reese, Jr. She is survived by her children, Richard A. Reed and wife, Mary Elouise, Larry W. Reed and wife, Betty, Glenn L. Reed and wife, Llena, Robin F. Reed Poff and husband, Reggie; sister, Marjorie Ann Evans; six grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. on Thursday, February 14, 2019, at Oakey's South Chapel with Pastor Greg Fleshman officiating. The family will receive friends on Wednesday, February 13, 2019, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at Oakey's South Chapel. A private interment will take place at Evergreen Burial Park. In lieu of flowers, if you wish to honor her memory please make donations to Lawrence Memorial Methodist Church or the Roanoke Rescue Mission.
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