The City of Dayton Proclaims November 30, 2022 as Thelma Reed Day

Thelma Reed, who lived her life in Dayton, Texas, is being honored on a special day on her 100th birthday. Dayton Mayor Caroline Wadzeck and the City of Dayton have proclaimed November 30, 2022, Thelma Reed Day in Dayton, Texas.

Reed was born in Dayton on November 30, 1922. He is the seventh child of Milford and Margaret Hamm. In 1940 she graduated from Dayton High School, excelled in typing competitions, was named typist for the school newspaper, participated in school sports, played on the girls’ soccer team, and was a member of the pep squad. and served as cheerleader her senior year. . She graduated academically in the top 10 of her class.

After graduation, Reed was employed by Humble Oil and Refinery in Baytown, Texas, as a laboratory technician. Her work earned her the General H.H. Arnold Medallion Award received by the Commander in Chief of the United States Air Force Dec. 14, 1944.

Reed married Louie Reed from a pioneer Dayton family on July 24, 1945, and together they raised one child, daughter Amber.

Thelma worked with her husband on rice, hay, cattle and horses on their Dayton farm before becoming a top seller for the World Encyclopedia. At age 52, she attended nursing school at Lee College and worked for Methodist Hospitals, then specialized in private practice nursing.

Reed is a 70-year member of First United Methodist Church in Dayton. An active member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Reed was honored with 75 years of membership in 2020. She was also an active member of several heritage organizations and is a member of the Dayton Historical Society.

In October 2022, Reed was inducted into the Dayton ISD Sports Hall of Fame as the oldest Dayton Bronco leader.

Reed is the grandmother of Michael and Montere Reed and the great-grandmother of three great-grandchildren and one great-grandson. She has a great-granddaughter due in April 2023.

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