Phyllis L. Reed, 89, of Mountain View, California passed away after a brief illness on October 7, 2017 with family by her side. Funeral Services will be held on October 13, 2017 at Christ Episcopal Church of Los Altos, 1040 Border Road, Los Altos, California at 10:30 a.m. Burial will follow at the Gates of Heaven Cemetery, 22555 Cristo Rey Drive, Los Altos. Spangler Mortuary of Los Altos is handling the funeral arrangements.
Phyllis was born in Lynn, Massachusetts to Lester and Hilda Little, also of Lynn. After graduating from English High School in Lynn, Phyllis went on to earn her Bachelor's and Masters Degrees from Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts. Phyllis met her late husband, William H. Reed of Wareham, Massachusetts, while studying at Tufts. Phyllis was an intelligent, independent, self-sufficient, and life-long seeker of knowledge and truth. Above all else, she was devoted to her family.
After a career in school counseling, Phyllis engaged in various volunteer activities, including as a Girl Scout leader, a Church School teacher, and most recently, as a member of the El Camino Hospital Auxiliary team. She resigned from that team when she felt that she could no longer provide the high level of service she demanded of herself.
In addition to her volunteer activities, Phyllis particularly enjoyed gardening in the California sunshine, visiting her sister in Falmouth, Massachusetts, reading as many books as possible, attending services at Christ Episcopal Church, spending time and going out to dinner with her daughters, keeping abreast of national politics and current events, and engaging her thirst for knowledge. She valued good health, went to the gym at the El Camino YMCA several times a week, and enjoyed her daily walks in her neighborhood. A lover of music, Phyllis enjoyed attending her grandchildren's school choral concerts.
Phyllis' three children and their spouses, Leslie and Dennis, Valerie and Beth, and Joanne and Mark, seven grandchildren, two great grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews, and her sister Lois Simes survive her. She is preceded in death by her husband, William Reed, as well as her brothers, Gordon and Richard, and niece, Bonnie Simes.
In lieu of flowers, Phyllis' family suggests memorial donations in Phyllis' name to the Community Services Agency in Mountain View, California, or other social services agency that would honor the memory of Phyllis Reed.