Ina Reed passed on from this world Saturday, July 20, 2013 in the comfort of her home and company of her loved ones. Born January 9, 1928 to Raleigh and Blanche (Runnels) Hughes in Medford, Ina was raised in the Rogue Valley; her childhood home was the 401 Orchard on the flanks of Roxy Ann Butte. She was a descendant of pioneers Elias Hughes and Roxy Ann Bowen. Ina attended Roosevelt Elementary, McLoughlin Jr. High, and Medford High School.
At the close of WWII, Ina met Roy A. Reed and they were wed March 30, 1946, celebrating their 67th anniversary earlier this year. Soon, Roy and Ina were joined by three children, Dannie, Debbie, and David. They resided in Central Point, Medford, and rural Phoenix, before moving to Klamath Falls upon retirement.
Ina worked as the Candy Lady' in the candy and nut kiosk at Sears, her friendly way and the smell of warm cashews attracting shoppers for many years. Later, she was employed by Huff's Crafts.
Remembered by all who knew her as kind and patient, she possessed a special attentive way of both verbal and written communication. She had a well-developed curiosity and sought out understanding. She loved being outdoors, having adventures, and exploring Oregon. Ina's interests ran to archaeology, indigenous peoples and history, old books, maps, and antiques. Her deep interest in genealogy led to her substantial research into the Hughes family history from the Revolution to present.
She will be missed by her husband, Roy; her children, Debbie Dill and David (Linda) Reed; seven grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild; as well as many nieces and nephews. Ina was preceded in death by her brothers, Raleigh Hughes Jr., James Hughes, and Richard Hughes; sister, Betty Gillette; and son, Dannie Reed.
A celebration of life is planned for 3:00 p.m. Friday, August 2, 2013 at Mountain Christian Fellowship, corner of Front and Main St., Medford.