Mary Francis Reed Robinson was born in Pottsville, Pope County, Arkansas on January 9, 1938 to Fredrick Simon Reed and Mary Lorene (Dilday) Reed, and died early on the morning of Nov. 7, 2020 in Portales, NM.
Mary grew up in Tulsa, Oklahoma and attended Central High School. Mary made her home in Portales in the early 1980’s. She enrolled at Eastern New Mexico University and was a pioneer in her family being the first to graduate from college. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications with a minor in Political Science in 1986. Mary worked for Parkway as a cashier and later Assistant Manager at IGA before retiring to take care of her mother and beloved granddaughter, Christy Lorene Beets. Mary was an amateur theologian, studying all aspects of the Old and New Testaments. She attended church at Living Faith in Portales prior to the passing of the late Pastor Hugh Wallis. She loved to learn, research genealogy, and also enjoyed reading for fun. She will be remembered by her grandchildren for their many summer visits, her wonderful storytelling, her excellent writing, her beautiful penmanship, and her famous meatloaf. Her hobbies were crocheting, reading, and weaving.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her late husband, Oscar, and her daughter Kelley Renshaw. She is survived by her brothers Fred Reed, Jr. (Louise) of Tulsa and Jim Reed (Bonnie) of Portales; her daughters Kim Ragsdale (Harrold) of Tulsa, Christy Vines of The Woodlands, TX, and Caroll Beets of Tulsa; her grandchildren Stephanie Madrid (Louie), Justin Ragsdale, Samantha Renshaw Roth, Joseph Rogers (Curtis Gribble), Christopher Ragsdale, Dustin Beets (Andrea), Mindy Beets, Christy Beets (McKenna), and great grandchildren Kalee Rai Ragsdale, Annaleigh Metzger, Julienne Madrid, Easton Ragsdale, and James Beets. She had a special relationship with her niece and nephew, Sherri and Tom DeWitt, whose dedication brought her much comfort. She leaves behind many friends and extended family members.
A celebration of life is pending due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to the Portales Public Library or ENMU Alumni Scholarship fund.
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