The Norman Transcript


October 24, 2013

Helen Francis Reed

NORMAN — On the morning of Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013, Helen Francis Reed passed away peacefully of natural causes. Helen was being visited and comforted by family during these past few months and was 94 at the time of her passing. She was a sweet woman with a great sense of humor until her final days of life.

Helen was the daughter of Frank and Helen Roemer and the youngest of five children, Elizabeth, Lillian, Mary and Steve. Helen was born in Britton and attended the University of Oklahoma with her true love and eventual husband, John Palmer Reed, who she met prior to college while attending business school together.

Throughout their 38 years of marriage, she traveled the world as a military wife and was stationed twice in Asia (Korea and Thailand) and once in Europe (Germany). While she enjoyed the life as a military spouse, she and her husband eventually moved back to Norman, where she was able to rekindle her love for gardening, baking and hosting family in the home they built together.

After 32 years of being apart, Helen now finally joins her husband, John, who passed much too early in life. Helen also was preceded in death by her two beloved sons, Geoff and Lance.

She is survived by her daughter, Joan Elizabeth Bennett; and her three and only grandchildren, Doug, Andrew and Lucas. She is also survived by five great-grandchildren, Jack, Matthew, Elizabeth, Evelyn and Ryan; and immensely enjoyed each addition to the family.

Visitation will be from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at Primrose Funeral Service.

Graveside service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Denver Cemetery, 108th Ave. SE in Norman, where family and friends will gather to celebrate Helen’s long and prosperous life.

At the request of the family, donations can be made to the Second Chance Animal Sanctuary online at


Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Primrose Funeral Service,

Norman Transcript, Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013

Text Only | Photo Reprints
  • Elizabeth Mary Waters

    Services for Elizabeth Mary Waters, 92, Norman, who died Friday, July 25, of natural causes, will be10 a.m. Tuesday, July 29 at Robinson Street Baptist Church, 801 E. Robinson. Bill Blair will officiate. Viewing will be Monday, July 28, 8 ...

    July 27, 2014

  • James Francis Fynmore

    James Francis Fynmore, III, of Murrells Inlet, South Carolina, passed away suddenly Tuesday, July 22, 2014....

    July 27, 2014

  • Thomas ‘Tom’ Chambers

    Although Tom was christened Thomas Previglian, he took his step-father’s name of Chambers as it was easier to spell when he entered grade school. Born in Olean, New York, on March 11, 1943, he transitioned into his new life on July 25, ...

    July 27, 2014

  • John Martin McMahon

    John Martin McMahon, 87, of Norman, passed away Tuesday, July 22, 2014. He was born Jan. 30, 1927, to John and Hattie McMahon, in Detroit....

    July 27, 2014

  • Erma Gene Hubbard

    Family matriarch Erma Gene Hubbard passed away Monday, July 14, 2014, in Norman. She was born March 5, 1921, to Harvel Bryan Pitchford and Lillian Floy Moon in Okemah....

    July 27, 2014

  • Betty Jo Tucker

    Betty Jo Tucker, 84, of Rosedale, passed away Wednesday, July 23, 2014. Betty Jo Easley was born Dec. 19, 1929, in Rosedale, the third of five children born to Calvin Andrew Easley and Laura Era (Miser) Easley. She spent her early years in ...

    July 27, 2014

  • Berenice Elizabeth Young

    Berenice Elizabeth  Young, 84, died Monday, July 7, 2014. She was born Nov. 27, 1929....

    July 27, 2014

  • Lucille C. Knapple

    Lucille C. Knapple was born June 2, 1927, to Thomas and Emma Morren, in Norman. She was the only girl, with eight brothers. Lucille met and married her husband, James N. Knapple on April 24, 1947. They had three children, Helene, Ann and ...

    July 27, 2014

  • Ulus Price Pooler

    Ulus Price Pooler, 81, departed this earthly life Tuesday, July 22, 2014. He was born Sept. 4, 1932, in Marlow, to Irl Alva and Evie Devada (Ritter) Pooler....

    July 26, 2014

  • Marie Antoinette Maddox Keeling

    Norman has lost one of its oldest residents. Marie Antoinette Maddox Keeling, our “Mimi,” who passed to be with her belated husband, Jack, Thursday, July 24, 2014, at the young age of 95 years. She was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, ...

    July 26, 2014