Pen City Current obituary – Erma Jean Reeder, 89, Pinehurst, NC


Erma Jean Reeder, 89, of Pinehurst, North Carolina, formerly of Fort Madison, IA died on December 25, 2021, at FirstHealth Hospice House, Pinehurst, NC.

Born October 15, 1932, in Mediapolis, IA, she was the daughter of Clyde Roscoe and Alma Lane Stout. On June 27, 1954, she married George Sheridan Reeder in Mediapolis, IA.

Mrs. Reeder attended Burlington Junior College and received her B.A. degree in elementary education from Iowa Wesleyan College. Mrs. Reeder was an elementary teacher in the Fort Madison schools for over 33 years. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Fort Madison and Southern Pines United Methodist Church. She served as President of the Iowa Rural Letter Carrier Auxiliary in 1973 and was a member of several education associations and the Great River SAMS Camping Club. She enjoyed camping, swimming, sewing, quilting, scrapbooking, playing bridge, and traveling. She and George became snowbirds and especially loved the Arizona sunsets. She was a loving mother and grandmother and sported a large variety of Christmas sweaters, sometimes wearing them throughout the year.

The Reeders hosted foreign exchange students, Alexandre Balmer of Switzerland in 1976, and Pedro Yessi of Chile in 1982. They also welcomed several foster children into their family.

She is survived by two daughters, Kim Stoudenmire of Southern Pines, NC, and Krista Reeder of Spokane, WA; and one son, Kirk Reeder (Sharon Hall) of Ankeny IA; daughter-in-law, Lisa Reeder of Des Moines, IA; five grandchildren; nieces, nephews, family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, George Reeder; one son, Kevin Reeder; two brothers, William Stout and Lloyd Stout; and two sisters, Doris VanNice and Ethel Stout.

A memorial service and interment in Fort Madison, IA will be announced at a later date.

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