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Annabel E. Reed

February 3, 1929 — June 12, 2024

Roeland Park

Annabel Reed, 95, passed away peacefully at Lakewood Long Term Care Center June 12, 2024. She was proceeded in death by Orville Reed her husband of 43 years.

Ann was born February 3 rd 1929 in Kansas City, Kansas. She lost her father Walter Reavis tragically when she was a baby. Her mother Leona Rogers Reavis remarried a few years later to Albert Benedick. They made their home in Kansas City, Kansas.

Ann met the love of her life Orville while he was working at the Kansas City Star and she was waiting tables at the diner across the street. They were married April 15, 1955. They settled and raised their children in Roeland Park, Kansas. Orville passed away November 6, 1998. Annabel continued to live in their Roeland Park home until moving to Lakewood in 2021.

Annabel was not a TikTok SAHM. She worked at Macy’s Department Store while her children were in school. She opened a drive-in restaurant with her sister LaVerne, later she worked and retired from the Internal Revenue Service. She was very proud of her extensive cream pitcher collection and had a story to tell about each one. She had a green thumb and grew beautiful iris, peonies and her favorite knock out roses.

She is survived by her 4 children, Sharon Graham, Twyla Griggs, Dee Reed and Andy Reed. Grandchildren Michelle, Chris, David, Ryan, Sean, Corrie, Ryan S., Erica, Charlie, Adam, and Kaitlin. Great grandchildren Miley, Emily, Kylie, Wes, Ely, and Peyton. She is also survived by her brother John Benedick and sister LaVerne Benedick, and many nieces and nephews.

Annabel did not like funerals and did not want one for herself. We (her children) are respecting her wishes. She suffered from dementia the last few years, but always remembered her family. Our hope for Ann is at the end of the road she saw Dolly Parton in a limousine waiting to take her to the Grand Ole Opry. The family would like to thank the staff at Lakewood Long Term Care Center.

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