Debra Jo Reed 53 of rural Beecher City, IL, passed away at 11:50 PM Mar. 15, 2011 in her home with her family at her side.

Debra was born July 23, 1957 in Shelbyville, IL the daughter of Donald and Joyce Tucker McElroy.

She married Michael Reed July 23, 1973 in Cowden.

Debra graduated from the Lakeland College School of Nursing in 1983, and attended nursing school while she was a loving homemaker for her family.She, formerly, was office nurse for Dr. Peter Rumore, Dr. Inder V. Khokha and D. Kris Lee all in Effingham, IL.She, formerly, worked as a nurse at Shelby Memorial Hospital in Shelbyville and also worked, for a time, as a traveling nurse and was a care-giver to her great grandfather, Sid Roberts, for five years.

Debra was a member of the First Christian Church of Cowden.She loved to garden and cook for her family.

Surviving are her husband Michael; children: Carrie Reed , David Reed, Timothy Reed and Christopher Reed all ofBeecher City, IL;mother Joyce McElroy of Beecher City; grandmother Jean Tucker of Beecher City;grandchildren: Michael Reed, Heather Reed and Emily Reed; sisters: Pam(Eddie)Watson of Beecher City, Amy(Matt)Jones of Cowden, IL and Stephanie McElroy of Beecher City; half brother Jared McElroy and half sister Jackie McElroy both of Auburn, IL; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

She was preceded in death by her father Donald McElroy and nephew Jason Watson.

A funeral service will be held at 1:30 PM on Sunday Mar. 20, 2011 in Lockart-Green Funeral Home in Cowden.Pastor Darrell Hinkle will officiate.Visitation will be from 5:00-8:00 PM Saturday at the funeral home.Burial will be in Mound Cemetery, Cowden, IL.Memorials can be made to the Donorís Choice.On line condolences may be directed to the family at