Lady Donna Renee Reed 1956-2021
YOUNGSTOWN — Lady Donna Renee Reed, 64, of Youngstown transitioned to eternal rest on Saturday, Feb. 20, 2021, peacefully at her home, in her sleep.
Ms. Reed was born Nov. 30, 1956, in Youngstown, a daughter of John Andrew Reed Sr. and Clara Easter Harris Reed. She was a 1974 graduate of South High School and she also furthered her education at Youngstown State and Kent State universities and Hiram College.
She was employed with Anthem Blue Cross / Blue Shield for 43 years and still worked from home after returning from retirement for a year, up until the day of her transition.
Donna loved cooking and baking and was very good at preparing delectable meals and salads. Donna also enjoyed reading The Bible and sewing. She loved traveling and visited England, Italy, Africa, Japan, Singapore and France, among other places. Paris, France, was one of her favorite destinations.
Music was her passion and she sang in the youth chorale. Also in her teen years, she listened to local gospel radio stations weekly, with her cassette tape player by her side and compiled multiple stacks of cassettes that she saved and replayed time and time again. She bought all the latest gospel albums, from the hottest gospel artists and choirs and sang melodiously around the house.
She was a member of the Mount Calvary Pentecostal Church and its concert choir, for which she was one of the premier lead soloists of various songs that the choir sang on the Sunday evening radio broadcast, “The Power Of Pentecost.” “The Power of Pentecost” was viewed on the International Armed Forces Network. She also lead songs on the national recording label Word Records with Bishop Norman L. Wagner and the Mount Calvary Concert Choir. Donna was water baptized in Jesus’ name Aug. 1, 1968, and was filled with the Holy Ghost Aug. 18, 1968.
Donna loved her nieces and nephews; she loved her siblings and her father was her best friend. They frequented their favorite restaurants often, Cracker Barrel being one in particular.
She leaves to forever cherish her beloved memory her devoted father; four brothers, John A. Reed Jr., Michael L. Reed, Craig A. (Janice) Reed and Tyrone (Priscilla) Reed; her two sisters, Latya N. Reed and Jada K. (Eric) Ackerman; and a host of nieces, nephews, other family and friends.
She was preceded in death by her mother; grandparents, Joshua and Doris Harris; and a niece, Brandy Reed.
A walk-thru will be held 3 to 5 p.m. Thursday, March 4, 2021, at the L. E. Black, Phillips & Holden Funeral Home. No family will be available at that time. Private services will be held for the family.
Due to the pandemic, all guests are asked to please wear masks and observe social distancing. For the health and safety of everyone, guests are asked not to not linger at the funeral home after viewing.