Alta Pearl Stroder-Reed, 80, of Leopold, Mo., passed away in the emergency room of St. Francis Medical Center in Cape Girardeau, Mo., on October 3, 2019. Born on Feb. 12, 1939, in Laflin, Mo., she was the daughter of Robert Lee and Mildred Bessie Shrum Ramsey.
She married Marshal Stroder in 1966. He preceded her in death in 1995. In 2000 she married Harold Reed, who predeceased her in 2010. For 34 years she served the Leopold School District as secretary, retiring as an administrative secretary to the Superintendent and District School Board. She was recognized in 2018 by the Leopold School Foundation for her dedication to the students of the district.
She had served as an officer of the VIP Industry in Bollinger County. She had been a member of St. John Church and was a present member of New Salem Baptist Church.
During her many years of working with young people, she became a mother-figure to many, a teacher of Christianity to others, and an encouragement to all. Her own children and grandchildren were most important to her, and they were her pride and joy. She loved to shop, get her nails done, and socialize on social media. Her every-moment companion was her little dog, Peeka.
She is survived by two sons: Dewayne (Elaine)Stroder and Bryan (Cathy) Stroder, both of Leopold; two step-daughters: Mary (Bruce) Hager of Frohna, Mo. And Nona (Les) Copeland of Madison, Alabama; two stepsons: Travis and Justin Reed; a brother, Robert (Helen) Ramsey of Glen Allen, Mo., 10 grandchildren, and 18 great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019, at Hutchings Funeral Chapel in Marble Hill, Mo., from 4:00 until 8:00 p.m. Funeral services will be at the funeral home on Monday, Oct. 7, 2019, at 10:00 a.m. Burial will follow in St. Johnís Cemetery at Leopold, Mo.