Posted by: Loren Coleman on November 19th, 2009
Dona Reed was known by many of us, especially those special guest speakers to past Jefferson, Texas, Bigfoot conferences, as a kind and friendly host. She will be missed. My continued condolences to Craig and all members of the family.
Let me pass along this personal message from Craig, followed by parts of her formal obituary.
I appreciate all of the thoughts concerning my mom’s passing.
She was an integral part of us having a Texas Bigfoot Conference. When I decided to hold a conference, I relied on her as a member of the events committee of the Jefferson B&B Association to help me plan the event, venue, and so forth.
The first year, 2001, she and my stepfather cooked and served the dinner Friday night, cooked and served a pancake breakfast that was open to the public and over 100 people showed up, as well as served lunch and refreshments during the conference.
In short, the conference the first year would not have happened without their help and support.
They were involved every year through 2008. They catered the dinner in 2008.
The services have been set for next week in Jefferson.
Visitation will be held from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Monday evening with a Rosary being held at 6:30 p.m. at the funeral home.
Haggard Funeral Home
203 E. Clarksville St.
Jefferson, Texas 75657
Funeral services for my mother, Mrs. Dona Reed of Jefferson, will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, November 24, 2009 at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church with Father Mani Mathai officiating under the direction of Haggard Funeral Home of Jefferson.
Immaculate Conception Catholic Church
209 W. Lafayette St.
Jefferson, TX 75657-2143
Mrs. Dona Kaye Reed
(July 17, 1941 – November 15, 2009)
Mrs. Reed passed away Sunday November 15, 2009 in Shreveport, LA. Dona was born July 17, 1941 in Fort Worth, Texas., to Jack S., & Shirley O’Grady Mothershead. She was a former Insurance adjuster, former Bed & Breackfast owner, member of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, Jessie Allen Wise Garden Club & the Pulpwood Queens. Dona was preceded in death by her parents & one brother.
Survivors Include: Her husband; Bill Reed of Jefferson, four sons & daughters in law; Craig & Marcy Woolheater of Mansfield, TX, Kirk & Karen Woolheater of Bristol, TX, Chris & Malessa Woolheater of Venus, TX, Eric & Rebecca Reed of Pasadena, CA, nine grandchildren; Kassi, Kyle, Justin, Calvin, Kelsey, Colin, Maddy, Haley & Jack.
Memorials may be made to the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 201 N. Vale St., Jefferson, Texas 75657, Discalced Carmelite Nuns, 5801 Mt. Carmel Dr. Arlington, TX 76017-4202 or the Jessie Allen Wise Garden Club, 211 W. Austin St., Jefferson, TX 75657.
Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading living cryptozoologist. Certainly, he is acknowledged as the current living American researcher and writer who has most popularized cryptozoology in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Starting his fieldwork and investigations in 1960, after traveling and trekking extensively in pursuit of cryptozoological mysteries, Coleman began writing to share his experiences in 1969. An honorary member of Ivan T. Sanderson’s Society for the Investigation of the Unexplained in the 1970s, Coleman has been bestowed with similar honorary memberships of the North Idaho College Cryptozoology Club in 1983, and in subsequent years, that of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club, CryptoSafari International, and other international organizations. He was also a Life Member and Benefactor of the International Society of Cryptozoology (now-defunct). Loren Coleman’s daily blog, as a member of the Cryptomundo Team, served as an ongoing avenue of communication for the ever-growing body of cryptozoo news from 2005 through 2013. He returned as an infrequent contributor beginning Halloween week of 2015. Coleman is the founder in 2003, and current director of the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine.