WEST POINT – Dorothy Ray Reed Felder, 90, passed away on Tuesday, June 11, 2013, at the Heritage Manor Nursing Home in Mandeville, La. She was born Jan. 12, 1923, in Oktibbeha County to Georgia Lee Justice Reed and Raymond Bell Reed.
She was a graduate of Mississippi State University where she received her master’s degree in education. She was a fifth grade schoolteacher for the West Point Public School System for 29 years. Early in her teaching career she taught at Pheba. While a military wife, she taught schools in the Boston area before returning to West Point.
She married Kelly Reed Felder on Dec. 9, 1944, at the Pheba Baptist Parsonage in Pheba. He preceded her in death on March 9, 1966. She loved her family and friends and was a wonderful friend and neighbor. She was an active member at First Baptist Church in West Point.
An avid sports fan, she enjoyed West Point High School Green Wave baseball and basketball; was awarded the WPHS Booster Club Best Fan award; and spent many hours enjoying MSU sports with friends. She was an member of Martha Chapter 53, Order of the Eastern Star, and the Ladies Auxiliary of the American Legion. She was a charter member of the Alpha Iota Chapter that was chartered May 8, 1976, of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, a professional honorary society of women educators.
After retirement she worked as a Pink Lady at North Mississippi Medical Center and gave freely of her time volunteering at the Food Pantry.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday, June 14, at Calvert Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Dale Funderburg officiating. Burial will follow in Greenwood Cemetery at West Point. Calvert Funeral Home of West Point is in charge of arrangements.
Survivors include her daughter, Nancy Felder Jones (Bill) of Mandeville, La.; three grandchildren, William A. Jones II, Kelly Jones Montgomery (Randall) and Brittany Jones Bruner (Michael); three great-grandchildren, Reed Anderson Montgomery, Molly Evelyn Montgomery and Arden Kelly Montgomery; her brother-in-law, William Eickel of Metairie, La.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband; her son, Lewis Reed Felder, on Oct. 16, 1965; her brother and sisters, Byron, Lucille Reed Love, Lois Reed Clark, and Virginia Reed Eickel; and her parents.
Pallbearers will be William A. Jones II, Randall E. Montgomery, Michael Bruner, Dr. John Cantrell, Bill Love and Laymon Watson.
Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 794, West Point, MS 39773; or to Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi, 800 Avery Blvd., Suite 100, Ridgeland, MS 39157-5225.
Visitation will be from noon to service time Friday at the funeral home.
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