The Life of Velma J Reid



AUSTINTOWN - Velma (Eddinger) Reid died Sunday, July 26, at age 77. She and her much loved husband, Tom, were avid motorcycle riders, having ridden through all 50 states and belonged to the Western PA Retreads motorcycle club for many years. 

Velma was born in 1938 in Warren, Pa., to Chester and Altha (Pickering) Eddinger. She graduated from Rocky Grove High School in 1956, where she formed many lifelong friendships and enjoyed cheerleading for all four years. Tom and Velma moved to Youngstown, in 1960, where they made many new friends; however, she still loved going to lunch every month with their old friends back in Rocky Grove, Pa. Velma worked hard throughout her life, first as a secretary, then at the P&LE Railroad, and until very recently, as a realtor. She also belonged to the Austintown Eagles Auxiliary and the Catholic War Veterans club.  Velma enjoyed traveling and spending as much time as possible with her beloved family and friends.

Velma leaves behind her childhood sweetheart and husband of 57 years, Thomas L. Reid; as well as her son, Thomas D. (Darra); daughter Kelly; and “favorite” grandchildren, Thomas S. (Autumn) and Darla (Paul) Rendón. She was preceded in death by her father, mother, and brothers Timothy and Richard Eddinger. Also surviving are two brothers, Daniel (Judy) and Dennis (Trudy).

A celebration of life will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 16, at Dorian Books, which is located at 802 Elm St., in Youngstown. Family and friends are invited to share their memories and celebrate Velma (BYOB). She will then be interred at 11 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 17, at Greenhaven Memorial Gardens, which is located at 3495 S. Canfield-Niles Road in Canfield. Maps to both events will be available in Velma’s home mailbox.


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