La Veta Marie Reid (nee’ Routh) was born March 19,1943 in Muskogee, Oklahoma to Raymond Routh and wife Esther (nee’ Graves). She passed away Sunday, January 03, 2021 in Washington, Missouri at the age of 77 years.
La Veta grew up in Troy, Overland Park, Herrington, Kansas, and graduated from Baldwin High School in Baldwin City, Kansas. She continued her education at Evangel College (now Evangel University) where she completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Education. She became a school teacher and later furthered her education at Northern Arizona University where she completed a Master’s Degree in Education.
La Veta was united in marriage to Richard Reid on December 23, 1968 in Tucumcari, New Mexico. The couple made their home at Tohatchi, New Mexico on the Navajo Indian Reservation where they both worked as school teachers. The couple was blessed with one daughter, Esther, and La Veta became a homemaker to spend time with her daughter.
The family moved to Missouri in 1978. In 1980, La Veta again answered her calling to teach and took a teaching position in Neosho, Missouri where she worked until retirement in 1984.
La Veta was a member of Life Stream Church in Washington, Missouri until her recent move to Wyoming. She loved to read the Bible, give to charities, and spend daily time in prayer. La Veta enjoyed spending time with her family members, especially her grandchildren in her later years. She often spent her free time working on a variety of crafting projects, crocheting, and doing needlework. In 2018, La Veta published a children’s book as an anonymous author (Ateval Dier) titled Miss Sillyworth What will she do next? At the time of her passing, she had several other publication projects in the works.
La Veta was preceded in death by her parents and parents-in-law; two sisters-in-law, Kenna Routh and Reba Cherry; and one brother-in-law, Gene Ellis.
She is survived by her beloved husband of 52 years, Richard Reid; one daughter Esther Hemmer and husband Christopher of Washington, Missouri; two grandchildren Alexander and Amber Brockman; one sister, Joy Abrams and husband Jim of Fairfield, Ohio; three brothers: Robert Routh and wife Trudy of Las Cruces, New Mexico, David Routh of Ironton, Missouri, Dean Routh and wife Becky of Augusta, Kansas, three sister-in-laws: Ethel Ellis of Midlothian, Texas, Clora Reid of Wichita, Kansas, Barbara Burns of Roswell, New Mexico; one brother-in-law Glen Reid and wife Priscella of Plano, Texas; along with nieces, nephews, other relatives, and dear friends.
Funeral services were held Thursday, January 07, 2021 at 12:00 P.M. at Oltmann Funeral Home in Washington, Missouri with Rev. Justin Henning and Rev. Paul Scheperle officiating. A private burial will be held on May 14, 2021 at the Reid Memorial Family Cemetery in Casper, Wyoming.
Memorial donations may be made in honor of Mrs. La Veta Reid to the American Heart Association. The Reid family was served by Oltmann Funeral Home in Washington, Missouri and Newcomers in Casper, Wyoming.
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