Mildred A.'s Story

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Mildred A. Reid of Stratham, N.H., passed away on March 17 at Exeter Hospital at the age of 92. She was surrounded by her loving family.
Mrs. Reid was born on Oct. 21, 1924, in Beverly, Mass., the daughter of Mary and Edwin Hutt. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband of 62 years, Robert Bradstreet Reid, and her sisters, Eileen and Betty. She is survived by her sister, Barbara, and her children, Scott, Stephen, Stuart and his wife, Barbara, Kathryn, Natalie, Laurie Nickerson, Kristina and her husband, Curt Sundeen. She was the beloved grandmother of 13 grandchildren, Lauren, Ian, Olivia, Robert, Tavis, Kiley, Nicole, Bradley, Jamie, Jesse, Jennifer, Emma, Lila; and 15 great-grandchildren.
Milly was born and raised in Beverly, Mass., where she graduated from Beverly High in 1942 and remained very active in organizing class reunions for decades until the very recent years.She was very proud of being a telephone operator during WWII before meeting and marrying her lifelong companion Bob in 1946. She made such an impression on him that he asked her to marry him on their first date. She eventually agreed. Somehow he just knew she would make the best wife and mother in the world and she made her life's work the raising and nurturing of a large family while Bob pursued a successful career that involved a lot of world wide travel.
The Reid's moved to New Hampshire in the early 1960s where Milly immersed herself in raising her young family, taking care of an 18th century house she loved for 45 years and volunteering. Despite a debilitating stroke which left her partially paralyzed for the last half of her life she never slowed down or allowed it to limit her in any way. She was very active serving in leadership positions in the PTA, Scouts and later spending many hours as a volunteer at Exeter Hospital. She loved living near the ocean and taking long rides up and down the coast. She drove until the last year of her life. She loved to travel and had many happy memories of trips to Alaska, Australia where she rode a camel at age 81, Scotland and England where she was a big fan of Queen Elizabeth. Her home was filled with things British and her favorite saying was "Keep Calm and Carry On."
Milly never learned to use a computer or cared about social media. She was instead an avid letter writer until the end and delighted her family in their life's journeys with long letters of news and encouragement in her distinctive and beautiful script that people of her generation were taught in school. Emma, one of her youngest grandchildren, describes her as "the best pen pal anyone could dream of... as the true matriarch she represented the equivalent of Queen Elizabeth to the Reid's."
Mildred Reid's large family proved to be a blessing as she grew older and their devotion to and love of her enabled her to live independently and in her home until the very end. Her daughter, Natalie, lived with her for her entire life and was not just a devoted daughter but also her best friend and companion. The family would also like to thank the staff of Exeter Hospital, Rockingham VNA Hospice and Visiting Angels for their excellent care and compassion in making her happy and comfortable until the very end of a life well-lived.
Per her request, Mrs. Reid will be buried next to her husband, Bob, in a private graveside ceremony in the spring. Brewitt Funeral Service, 14 Pine St., Exeter, NH, is handling the arrangements.
For more information, please visit www.brewittfuneralhome.com.
Published on March 21, 2017
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