Ann Reed

Died: December 28, 2020
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Ann L. Reed (75), transitioned into the light (December 28, 2020), at her home in (Venice, Florida) after a long courageous battle with glioblastoma (brain cancer).  She was born, in Sterling, IL. August 24, 1945 to parents Lloyd and Marie Landis.  She attended East Science Ridge grade school and Sterling High School graduating with the class of 1963.

She was a Registered Nurse, with a Bachelor’s degree and was certified in gerontology from the American Nurses Credentialing Center.  She spent most of her nursing career caring for senior citizens, working in area nursing homes.  She retired in 2012 from Resthave Home in Morrison, IL. after having served 14 years as their Director of Nursing.  Ann’s greatest joys were her 2 sons and their families

She was a voracious reader and enjoyed exploring many subjects including psychology, metaphysics/spiritualty/world religions, Greek culture and art history.  She was a member of the Chicago Art Museum for several years and had visited many of the world’s iconic art museums.

Ann and her partner Bill Adams, Sr. blended their enthusiastic approach to life and passion for world travel, exploring many foreign cultures and world religions visiting many famous places of worship. When they weren’t exploring the continents or cruising the seas, they enjoyed spending time in Morrison, IL., downtown Chicago, IL. and in Florida.

Her friends will remember her contagious laughter, her sense of humor, her playful color matching and her obsession with anything GREEK, especially in the Greek key design.

Survivors include her partner Bill Adams of Venice, FL., a daughter-in-law Diane Reed of Sterling, IL., her grandson Nathan (Katelyn) Reed of Sterling, IL., a son Mark (Ann) Reed of Hooksett, NH., her grandsons, Michael Reed of Dover, NH. and Joshua Reed of Burlington, VT., one sister, Ruth (Willard) Stanley of Sterling. IL. and two nephews.  Also, surviving are Bill’s children, Cheryl (Jeff) Kaiser of Roselle, IL., Margaret (Jon) Miller and three grandchildren, Jacob, Zachary, and Amy Miller all of Bettendorf, IA., William Adams Jr of Schaumburg, IL. and John Adams of Harrison Twp. MI., and four grandchildren, Megan, Luke, Elizabeth, and Samantha Adams.  She was preceded in death by her parents, one son Brian (Diane) of Sterling, IL. and a grandson Brandon Reed of Sterling, IL.

A gathering of friends and family will be held at a later date with McDonald’s funeral home.

A memorial has been established in the name of Resthave Memorial Account, 408 Maple Ave,

Morrison, Il. 61270.


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Died: December 28, 2020

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Jan Fulfs posted on 1/30/21

To the loved ones of Ann, I woke this morning with Ann on my mind. I had not been in contact with her for a number of years but still consider her a close friend. Ann and I attended nursing school together. She was an amazing person, so quick witted and easy to laugh. I love the picture you have chosen for her obituary, it captures her smile so perfectly. My heart breaks to think her laugh has been extinguished yet I feel so blessed to have been able to share in her joy if only in a limited basis. Hold dear your memories of her and know you are not alone in your grief.


Marv and Ethel Vanzuiden posted on 1/7/21

Ann was a special lady, always smiling and friendly! Enjoyed seeing her and Bill out! So sorry for your loss! Marv and Ethel Vanzuiden!


Marcia Blean posted on 1/2/21

Heaven just got a special fun, full of laughter, who loved life, special person. Ann was always willing to go and do wherever I suggested. It always included some kind of shopping. I took her on her first train ride to Chicago, and we ended up at Taco Bell for supper (definitely not her favorite) which she never forgot. We laughed about that for a long time. We did a lot of local thrift shops. Our favorite was DeJaVu in Clinton. She was always happy and had a laugh even through all the therapy, scans, medications and struggles she went through this last year. Her love for Bill and his love for her was so Real. Thanks to him she could stay home through it all. I know she is with the angels above, RIP my dear friend, until we meet again. Hugs


JoAnn Snodgrass posted on 1/1/21

My heart is deeply saddened to learn of Ann's death. Our sympathy to Bill and all their families. Ann's infectious laughter still rings in my ears and makes me smile as I recall the many enjoyable times spent at Fitzgerald's through the years. In reading your adventures since those years it seems, Bill, that you and Ann "lived life to the full". Your life together was blessed in many ways. May God's love and strength guide you in the days ahead as you learn to live life differently, open to the blessings and joys yet to be. Please know you and your families will be in my prayers. Peace, JoAnn and Bob Snodgrass


Linda Fischer (Clayton) posted on 12/31/20

Ann was a great person. We attended high school together and had some good times. Loved her laugh. Sympathy to all of her family


Linda Fischer (Clayton) posted on 12/31/20

Ann was a wonderful person. We went to high school together and had many good times . Loved her laugh. Sympathy to all her family.


Vicki Deter posted on 12/31/20

Sorry for your lost. Remember Ann from also being a nurse VICKI DETER


Carol J Crady posted on 12/31/20

Please accept my sympathies in the loss of Ann. I understand your loss of a partner since John passed away in June 2020 after falling from a roof in Lyndon where he had been working. You can view his obituary on web-site of McDonald Funeral Home, Rock Falls IL. I can send a video of photos of him compiled by a golfing buddy. Just respond to my e-mail address that I am leaving with the Farley Funeral Home. Sincerely, Carol Crady


Karen Moore posted on 12/31/20

My deepest sympathy and prayers to all of Ann’s family and friends.


Lynn Blodgett Whitong posted on 12/30/20

Ann was a wonderful, kind, friendly person. We attended high school together and enjoyed many laughs together.


Penny Norris posted on 12/30/20

Rest easy my sweet cousin! I'll love you forever!


Susan R. Yeager posted on 12/30/20

Dear Bill, It has been many years since we met; I am Pat and Alan's eldest daughter, Susan. I am sorry for your loss of what is clear was a great partner for you. I pray you will be conforted. Sincerely, Susan Rockafield Yeager, Philadephia, PA


Eva Dykstra posted on 12/29/20

Ann was a wonderful friend and mentor! We will miss her smile and infectious laughter. She always had a story to tell and was always reminding me to stop and enjoy the sunrises and Sunsets! I will always remember a trip my family too into Chicago to American girl and the Cheesecake factory!


Nancy VanZuiden posted on 12/29/20

I always enjoyed your laughter and your well put together sense of fashion as well as hearing all about her trips. I also enjoyed going to the IL Healthcare Convention with her each year! I remember getting a hot chocolate into the evening one night with her getting a coffee type drink and her barely sleeping a week. My sympathy to her family as she will be greatly missed by all who knew her.


Sue Vilmont posted on 12/28/20

A wonderful and loving friend who enjoyed life, Bill, her family and friends. She always had matching clothes on at work...even her ink pen!! Really enjoyed her "Christmas" shoes she would wear at work! Also loved our GNO get togethers!