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Dorothy “Dot” Nordstrom Reed

Mrs. Dorothy “Dot” Nordstrom Reed, of Lebanon, passed away on November 9, 2022 at 96 years old. She was born on August 5, 1926, in Sioux City, Iowa, the daughter of August and Verna Nordstrom. In 1944, she graduated from East High School in Sioux City.

She is preceded in death by her husband of 42 years William Ernest Reed, son, Danny Reed, sister, Jane Nordstrom, stepbrother, Paul Nagel, granddaughter, Angie Heydel Walker, and great grandson, Kaleb Reed.

Survived by Children: Billy Reed (Ginger) and Helen Reed Kasawne (Scott), daughter-in-law Carolyn Reed.

Grandchildren: Lora Heydel Ellis (Jason), Erik Reed (Katrina), Amber Reed Maasen (Trent), Tori Reed King (Ben), Lameese Kasawne Leatherwood (Chris) and Joshua Reed.

Great Grandchildren: Truman Tuck (Rose), Hunter Tuck (Kylie), Reed Walker (Jacye), Heather Woodward, Olivia Walker, Nicole King, Catherine King, Wyatt Maasen, Kaleigh Reed, Andre Leatherwood, Kyler Maasen, Kyra Reed, Bryson King, Jada Leatherwood, and Ridge Maasen.

Great Great Grandchildren: Beckham Walker, Levi and Willow Calleo, and Londyn Walker.

At age 16 during WWII she had a summer job at a factory that was not air-conditioned cracking eggs all day by hand to make powdered eggs to send to the soldiers. Each evening, she made her way home by riding the streetcar line to her stop, then walking the remaining two miles. On one particular evening, no one was home when she arrived, so she laid down to rest. Upon waking it was dark, but the moon was full and as she admired it, the Lord revealed himself to her. The next morning, she was so thrilled that she skipped all the way to the streetcar line on her way to work. A moment never forgotten that shaped the remaining days of her life and all that had the privilege of knowing her.

She worked as a receptionist for Dr. O. Blank in Sioux City, then met her husband, who was in the Army and stationed at a nearby base. After marrying, he brought his bride home to Lebanon and started a family.

A member of Barton’s Creek Baptist Church, she was a faithful servant. Always ready for fun, she was a perfect match to teach children’s classes for girls, then teens and adults for 67 years. Dot served on several committees, was Women’s Missionary Union president, sang in the choir, led Youthiversity, led a group gathering at Fall Creek Falls, and was the pitcher for “The Creek” women’s softball team. She had as much fun, if not more, than anyone who attended any of these classes or events. Her face beamed with “joy” when reporting, “We had a big turnout.”

She also served on the board for the Baptist Women’s Convention for several years. Other than church softball, she loved any competitive “game”, such as cards, horseshoes, tennis and bowling just to name a few. By the time the Atlanta Braves won the World Series in 2021, she had all her family and friends cheering right along with her.

Outside of her family, church and local activities, many others in Lebanon knew her when she was the bookkeeper at B & C Grocery Store for 8 years, owned and operated the Ornate Shop on the Lebanon square with Bobbye Manning for 10 years, or when she worked at Toshiba America for 21 years. “Mama Dot” retired from Toshiba, but worked part time for American Greetings Card Company for 10 years until her retirement at age 85. Mrs. Reed, Dorothy, Dort, Dot, Gan-Gan, Lil’ Mama or Mama Dot. Regardless of the name you knew her by, if you knew her, she loved you well and the joy that she found in all that she did was contagious.

Her favorite verse was John 1:1, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”

Funeral Services for Mrs. Reed will be 11:00 A.M. Saturday, November 12, 2022 at Barton’s Creek Baptist Church with Erik Reed officiating. Interment will be at Barton’s Creek Cemetery with Bro. Jacob Colwell. Visitation will be Friday 3:00-7:00 P.M. at Ligon & Bobo Funeral Home, and on Saturday after 10 A.M. at the church.

Pallbearers: Trent Maasen, Chris Leatherwood, Ben King, Jason Ellis, Truman Tuck, and Wyatt Maasen.

Honorary Pallbearers: Billy Reed, Scott Kasawne, Josh Reed, Reed Walker, Hunter Tuck, Gary Aikens, Tex Barthel, and Marvin Medlin.

Special Friends: Sandy Bumbalough, Betty Lou Lester, Marlys Nagel, Shirley and Tex Barthel, Gary and Pat Aikens, Kenneth and Lois Underwood, Margaret Wright, Joe and Donna Alsup, Colton Ragsdale, Retired Toshiba Ladies, and Barton’s Creek Baptist Church friends.

Special thanks to those who took care of her: Rose Tuck, Charlotte Bane, Jenny Loftin, Denise Chumney, Shandrai Shockley, Avalon Hospice, and Jason and Lora Ellis for living with Dot and caring for her in these final months.

LIGON & BOBO FUNERAL HOME of Lebanon (615) 444-2142   www.ligonbobo.com

Messages for the Family

  1. JoNell O’Connor says:
    I cannot think of Dot without smiling. She was a joyous person to be around. My sympathies to all her family as she will be truly missed by so many.
  2. Donna Baines says:
    Ms Dot was always a sweet caring lady and always wore the prettiest shoes. I am sure she is rejoicing large in Heaven.
  3. Bob and Joy Corley says:
    We are so sorry to hear of Dot’s passing. I have such good memories of her She was a nice lady with a good heart. Thinking of her many friends and family members
  4. Lamar Quezaire says:
    I knew Gan for a short time, but in that short time she really impacts you. The first time I met her she made me feel at home and treated me like she had known me for years. I look forward to seeing her again, in Heaven, and asking more about her life story.
  5. Teresa Stewart Deathridge says:
    I enjoyed knowing Miss Dot through the Ornate Shop. She and Miss Bobbey were great “hosts”! My Bridal Registry was there—50 years ago! I still have a lot of items from the store. It was a fun place to shop. Rest now, Miss Dot!
  6. Billy Joe Ward says:
    May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived

    you have my condolences and sympathy
    Prayer for the Family

  7. Landon Smith says:
    Mrs. Dot was one of the finest Christian Ladies I have ever known. She was a beacon of light at Barton’s Creek Baptist Church. I know she is singing with the angels in heaven. Rest In Peace Mrs. Dot.