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Martha "Boo" Devall Reed

January 17, 1929 ~ June 5, 2024

With heavy hearts we share the loss of our beloved Boo. She was called home to be with our Lord Wednesday, June 5, 2024, after post-operative complications. She was tired, but she was peaceful. Throughout that time, she never complained and was still her joyful, funny, loving self. She came into this world a princess, but left a queen.

Martha Evelyn was born on January 17, 1929 in Lake Charles, LA to Leroy and Eula Devall and was the youngest of two children. Her daddy gave her the nickname “Boo”, which followed her through life. She was raised and attended school in Hackberry, LA. Her father made sure she knew what a good man was; she would say she was spoiled, but we will say “pampered”. At the age of 21, she met and married the love of her life, Allen Whitley “Whit” Reed. They moved to west Texas where Whit worked in the oil fields, and they were blessed with four children. She was a faithful loving wife, and even though Whit would be gone for a week at a time, he still made sure she was “pampered”. He passed away suddenly in 1982; soon after, with mixed emotions, she and their youngest two children moved back to Hackberry to be near her family. Since then, her children, nephews, nieces, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and friends have taken wonderful care of their Boo. She loved all the attention and was proud to tell you she has never even pumped her own gas!

We are so thankful she got to celebrate one last Christmas Eve and birthday with her family. She would do whatever it took to make sure you came, and that included guilting – for the last 20 years she would tell us, “You know, I might not be here next year!”

Boo was hilarious, strong, energetic, the life of the party, and full of so much love. She did not feel, look or act her age. Just last year, she was very upset to realize she was “old” when we made her use a walker. She loved her family more than anything in this world, and only our Lord Jesus above them. She also loved the color red, and to honor her, the family is inviting everyone in attendance to wear red for her rosary and funeral.

Boo is survived by her daughter Pamela (Keith) Kovach of Hackberry and their sons K.J. (Haley) and Jesse; son Allen “Rocky” Reed of Hackberry and his son Callen; son James “Jimmy” Reed (Cathy) of Normangee, TX and their children Megan, Whitley (Magen), Colin (Chelsea), Jailyn (Ryan) Whittaker, and Coltin (Lexi); and son Chad Reed (Jamie) of Sulphur, LA.

Known as “Boo Boo” to the greats, she is survived by her 18 great-grandchildren (listed by family): Andy, Sarah, Obie and Tyler Kovach; Bryan Lee Meche, Jr.; Jaydin Reed and Kolt Relles; Gracie, Rowen, Jolie, Blakely and Drake Reed; Kyler, Kayden and Kolter Reed; Larkin Reed and Jude Whittaker; and Samuel Reed.

Others left to cherish her memory include many nephews, nieces (greats and great-greats) and close friends who she loved dearly.

She was preceded in death by her father Leroy Devall, Mother Eula Benoit Devall, husband of thirty-two years, Allen Whitley Reed, brother Alfred Devall and grandson Bryan Lee Meche.

A Mass of Christian burial will be at 11:00 AM Saturday, June 8th, 2024 at St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church in Hackberry, where she has been a member for the last 41 years. Father Arvind Minz will officiate, and burial will follow at the Hackberry Cemetery. Visitation will begin on Friday, June 7, at 5:00 PM with a rosary service beginning at 6:00 PM in the church hall. Visitation will resume Saturday at 9:00 AM until the time of service.

Services

Visitation: Friday, June 7, 2024
5:00 pm

St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church
1210 Main Street
Hackberry, LA 70645


Rosary: Friday, June 7, 2024
6:00 pm

St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church
1210 Main Street
Hackberry, LA 70645


Visitation: Saturday, June 8, 2024
9:00 am - 11:00 am

St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church
1210 Main Street
Hackberry, LA 70645


Mass of Christian Burial: Saturday, June 8, 2024
11:00 am

St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church
1210 Main Street
Hackberry, LA 70645


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  1. Candle 1Our sincerest condolences for the family. May God be with you all during this time. Prayers for peace and comfort for all.

    With love,
    Jayson, Melissa, Naythan, and Justin Hailey
    Normangee, Tx

  2. Sending my prayers and condolences to my extended family, May you rest in peace and love Maw Maw Boo!! I envision Maw Maw Boo dancing in the heavens and surrounded by lots of love laughter and music right now!!God Bless her and her family.

  3. We will always miss and love you, Aunt Boo. You gave such joy to so many. Whether it was dancing at the Reed reunion or sitting around visiting and telling stories, you had a crowd of people watching and laughing along with you. No one could dance the bop like you. People of all ages wanted to be in your orbit. I’m lucky I was in it for 74 years. You and I always said remember we joined the family the same year! The bond started there. It’s not broken, it’s just been moved to a different place.

    Susan, Gary, Brandon and Chelsea, Carter Catherine and Callie Knee

  4. Candle 1Ms Boo Reed ,you are the life of the party. You can dance away. May you rest in peace and you are truly going to be missed.

  5. Last time I saw boo was on a cruise a few years ago. Love Boo. Don’t remember the first time a met her. She’s just always been there, it seemed. But she was my grown up cousin, was my 4th , I believe. Double cousin . What I rerrember was her smile and laughter. She was always laughing about something. Even though I didn’t get to see her much, I thought of her oten and automatically smiled.


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