Barbara Ann Reed

1438288_profile_picBarbara Ann Reed, 77, Punxsutawney, died Thursday, October 16, 2014, at Penn Highlands DuBois.

She was born May 11, 1937, in Punxsutawney, a daughter of the late Harry and Maude (Smith) Whitesell.

On February 23, 1957, she married Gilbert M. Reed in Emerickville, PA, who survives.

Barbara loved the Lord. She was a member of the Grange Church of God where she taught Sunday School and spent many hours volunteering her time.

She worked as a Monitor at Mapleview Elementary School for forty years and was known as Grandma Barb to thousands of students.

She enjoyed cooking and baking, camping, gardening, flowers, and canning. Barb was a faithful fan at the local dirt tracks for the last thirty years rooting for her sons and grandsons.

Barbara and Gilbert celebrated their fiftieth anniversary of running their farm and became like a second mother to many young men who helped out around their farm. She had a servant’s heart and put everyone before her.

In addition to her husband, surviving relatives include four children, Dennis Reed and wife Ronda of Punxsutawney, Cheyenne Reed and wife Nina of Punxsutawney, Robin Poling and husband John of Punxsutawney, and Dean Reed of Punxsutawney; eight grandchildren, Brandon Patrick and wife Laura of Arkansas, Derek Reed of South Carolina, Cheyenne Reed and wife Jennifer of South Korea, Heath and Logan Reed of Punxsutawney, John Poling and Liz of Punxsutawney, Dirk Poling of Punxsutawney, Angel Poling and fiancé Corey Poole of Farmington, PA; six great-grandchildren, Ace, Trip, and Cannon Patrick, Kyle Poling, and Isaac and Janessa Roy; three sisters, Jane Hazlett of Warren, OH; Jean Reed of Punxsutawney, Becky McKendree of Brookville; a brother Tom Whitesell of DuBois; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother Randy Whitesell.

Friends will be received from 6 to 9 p.m., Friday, October 17, 2014, and from 2 to 4 p.m., Saturday, October 18, 2014, at the Deeley Funeral Home, Punxsutawney.

A funeral service will be held at 4 p.m., Saturday, October 18, 2014, at the funeral home with Pastor Janis Bracken and Pastor Johnny Pennington officiating.

Interment will be in Lakelawn Memorial Park, Reynoldsville.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions, in memory of Mrs. Reed, would be greatly appreciated and may be made directly to the family to help with medical expenses, or to Lisa’s Ladybugs Patient Care Fund: P.O. Box 692, Punxsutawney, PA 15767, or at

The family would like to give a special thanks to Lisa’s Ladybugs Patient Care Fund for the help that they gave during this difficult time.

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