Photo: Mary Catherine/Reed/Texas/1919-2019

Mary Catherine Callan Reed, age 100, formerly of Morris, passed away Wednesday, October 9, 2019 in Texas.

Born January 22, 1919 on her family’s farm near Woodward, Iowa, to Dorothea Weil Callan and Peter Vincent Callan, eldest of 5 children, all predeceased her.  She graduated in 1936 from Assumption Catholic School, and enrolled in Mercy Hospital School of Nursing, Des Moines, Iowa in 1937.  She graduated in 1940.  After Mary passed her Iowa State Board of Nursing, she was assigned to U.S. Marine Hospital in Chicago, Illinois for 2 years. Afterward, she was transferred to U.S. Treasury Building at Washington D.C. where she worked in Emergency Care.  Later, Mary was transferred to Internal Revenue Bldg., and the Procurement Dept.

Mary Catherine Callan wed William Howard Reed Jr., on September 12, 1942.  They had a son, William Howard Reed III, both predeceased her.  They moved several times until William Howard Reed Jr. got a job in Mazon, Illinois as a Principal, and then a Superintendent before he went back to teaching.

She was an Administrator of Grundy County Health Dept. in Morris IL and was instrumental in implementing T.B. Testing.  During her tenure there, she graduated with Honors, from DeKalb University, with a B.S. Degree. She was active in many organizations, both locally and at the state level.  She retired and became a school nurse for several years.  When Mary retired from her position as a school nurse, she moved to Garland, TX.

Mary is survived by her daughter- in -law Patsy Reed, her granddaughters Catherine [Lee] Kolodziejcyk and Mary [Shawn] Burr and her great-granddaughters Lori and Meghan Ragsdale and Ziya Burr, great- grandson Christopher Calloway and great-granddaughter Rachel Calloway.

She was preceded in death by her granddaughter Rebecca Reed Calloway Jackson and her great-granddaughter Tabitha Ashley Reed.

A vigil was held November 3, 2019 at Williams Funeral Home at 1600 S. Garland Ave, Garland TX.  A funeral mass was held November 4th at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 600 S. Jupiter Rd., Richardson, TX.

There will be a visitation on November 16th from 10:00-11:00 am at U.C. Davis-Callahan Funeral Home in Morris IL.  Interment will be at Mount Carmel Cemetery at 11:15 am with a luncheon following at U.C. Davis-Callahan Funeral Home.

Preferred memorial contributions in honor of Mary Catherine Reed may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, at

Arrangements have been entrusted with U.C. Davis-Callahan Funeral Home, 301 W. Washington Street, Morris, IL. For further information visit the website at or contact the funeral home at 815-942-0084. Online condolences may be directed to the family by visiting the website.