FLORENCE — Margaret Miriam Reed, 92, died peacefully in her longtime home on Dec. 15, 2020, surrounded by loved ones.
Mrs. Reed was born on May 16, 1928, in Pasadena, California, to George A. and Helen H. Pohlman. She grew up in Ramona, California, and attended area public schools, graduating from Grossmont Union High School. She trained and volunteered in the aircraft spotters program during the World War II era. Her first job after high school was with Southern California Music Store in sales. She attended Mercy School of Nursing in San Diego and graduated in 1953 as a registered nurse. She then went on to attend Whitworth College in Spokane, Washington, graduating Magna Cum Laude in 1956 with a Bachelor of Science degree.
On Dec. 22, 1955, she married Richard H. Reed of Florence, a longtime area cattle rancher at Box O Ranch. Initially, the newlyweds lived in Escondido, California, to tend and develop the Reed family’s avocado and citrus orchards. In 1956, they moved to establish their home in Cactus Forest near Florence, where they raised three daughters while working on the family’s cattle ranch. She picked up full-time ranching with the death of her husband, from 1983 to the present. She worked as an RN at Florence General Hospital and served on the Florence Unified School District board. She also remained very active in First Presbyterian Church of Florence since 1956, serving for many years on the Session, singing in the choir and helping create and direct the youth choir.
She was also an active member of the Arizona Cattle Growers Association, the Winkelman Natural Resource Conservation District and the Southern Arizona Cattlemen’s Protective Association, where she was also a past president. She greatly enjoyed travel with family and friends to Europe, Asia, Mexico, Canada, Hawaii, Alaska and within the adjacent United States. She made connections wherever she ventured and had dear friends from all around the world. She befriended people wherever she went. Her deep joys were found in gathering family and friends, all aspects of cattle ranching, driving tractors and trucks and anything with a powerful engine, riding horseback — even daylong trail rides, boating, water skiing, gardening, trimming trees, yard work, photography, videography, singing, dancing in her living room with her young grandchildren, good coffee and great chocolate. She was known for her generous nature, her adventurous spirit, her inquisitive mind, her strong work ethic and her quick wit, her love for her family and friends, and for her deep faith in God.
She is survived by her daughters, Deborah A. Gonzales of Nogales, Linda S. Crane of Gold Canyon and Catherine H. “Cathy” Foster of Florence; a brother, George R. Pohlman of Sierra Vista; a sister, Dianna Pohlman Bell of Duluth, Minnesota; seven grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
Donations may be made in her name to: Hospice Charitable Fund of Central Arizona, P.O. Box 11859, Casa Grande, AZ 85130-1859, or www.AzHospiceFund.org.
No service is planned immediately because of the pandemic.