Banks & Beals Funeral Home obituary – Mary Ellen Reed, 89, LaHarpe



Mary Ellen Reed, 89, of LaHarpe, Illinois passed away at 4:50 a.m. Wednesday, March 16, 2022 at Wesley Village in Macomb, Illinois. 

Mary was born February 1, 1933 in Nauvoo, Illinois, the daughter of Estle and Mary “Emily” (Cooley) Garrett. In 1959 she married Paul Lowe. They later divorced. In June of 1974 she married Harry Dale “Baldy” Reed. He preceded her in death September 12, 2012.

Mary attended Dallas City High School. She worked for a short time at the Lomax Canning Factory in Lomax, Illinois and Vista Bakery in Burlington, Iowa, before moving to Plant City, Florida. In 2003 she returned to LaHarpe. 

She was a member of the former LaHarpe United Methodist Church. She enjoyed riding motorcycles with her husband, bowling and reading. She also enjoyed collecting cookbooks. 

Survivors include one son: Kenneth “Rich” Garrett of LaHarpe; three step-daughters: Marla Bruns of Loraine, Illinois, Karla Johnson and Barbara Krueger both of Carthage, Illinois; two step-sons: Robert and Terry Reed both of Wever, Iowa; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; numerous step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren. Also surviving are three sister: Loren Massars of Burlington, Iowa, Diane (Warren) Wade of Weeping Water, Nebraska and Madeline Link of LaHarpe; two brothers: Donald Garrett of Monmouth, Illinois and Fred Garrett of Elvaston, Illinois and numerous nieces and nephews. 

Mary was preceded in death by her parents; husband: Baldy; one daughter: Beverly Link Smith and three sisters: Bertha Binder, Maxine Hager and Orpha VanSkike.

A visitation will be held from 12:30 p.m. until 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 22, 2022 at Banks & Beals Funeral Home in LaHarpe.

A graveside service will be at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 22nd at Harris Cemetery, near Dallas City, Illinois with Rev. Jim Clayton officiating. 

Memorials may be made to the family. To leave a condolence for the family, please visit Mary’s obituary at

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