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Zola Frances Reid

May 17, 2023 ~ November 24, 2023
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Zola Frances Reid Obituary


Zola Frances Reid is known affectionately to her friends and family as Frances passed away on Friday November 24, 2023. She was born to the late Paul and Nancy McCain in Indianapolis, Indiana on May 17, 1929.

Frances spent her childhood in Indianapolis and Cave in Rock, Illinois. She was a voracious reader and studied piano at the Indianapolis Conservatory for music. Upon graduation from Arsenal Tech High School in Indianapolis she became a nursing student. About 2 weeks from graduation, she had a fall which led to a fracture in her neck and was unable to complete her course and graduate due to pain.

About that time, she met her future husband Charles Lloyd Reid at bible study and corresponded with him while he was stationed in the Panama Canal Zone at the end of World War II. Once he finished his Army tour they were married in Indianapolis, and he studied at Duke University while Frances worked as a secretary for an insurance agency there. They had 2 children and moved to Tennessee where she taught music in Henry County schools for several years. She also taught piano in Tennessee as well as being the music director and organist for years at their Cumberland Presbyterian Church. Frances attended Bethel College there and graduated with degree in English and minor in music.

In 1965 Frances and Charles moved to Edinboro, Pa where she continued to teach many music lessons in piano. In 1968 they moved to Youngstown, and she became a music teacher at Hubbard Elementary School for 2 years. Frances subsequently worked at Servomation and then at Drs. Gabriel and Ridinger’s Eye Clinic on Mahoning Ave. 1987 found Frances working again as a music teacher at Byzantine Catholic Central and she continued there for several years until her retirement form teaching. 

Never one to just sit around, Frances worked at First Presbyterian Church in Youngstown by singing in the choir and then serving as a steward for a few years. She also played the piano for and helped in kitchen several years at their annual Thanksgiving Dinner which served the surrounding community.

Frances dearly loved her family and was overjoyed when her daughter had two children, Erin, and David Shirilla. She was delighted when her great grandchildren came along as well and truly enjoyed their company.

 She was preceded in in death by her husband Charles, her sister Ann Shrake, and her son Jeffery Reid.

Frances is survived by her daughter Sylvia Shirilla (Tom) of Struthers and daughter in Law Jane Reid, her granddaughter Erin Broderick (Mike), her grandson David Shirilla (Jillian), and her great grandchildren Nathaniel and Ella Broderick and Dominic Shirilla.

Family and friends may call from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday December 3, 2023, at the Fox Funeral Home in Boardman, and from 3 to 4 p.m. on Monday December 4, 2023, and funeral service at 4:00 p.m. at the Fox Funeral Home 4700 Market St. Boardman with Rev. Dr. Rebecca Anne Kahnt from First Presbyterian Church.

A Private interment will be held on Tuesday December 5, 2023, at Forest Lawn Cemetery.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Edward J. Fox & Sons Funeral Home, 4700 Market St. Boardman.

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December 3, 2023

2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Edward J. Fox & Sons Funeral Home
4700 Market St.
Boardman, OH 44512

December 4, 2023

3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Edward J. Fox & Sons Funeral Home
4700 Market St.
Boardman, OH 44512

Funeral Service
December 4, 2023

4:00 PM
Edward J. Fox & Sons Funeral Home
4700 Market St.
Boardman, OH 44512

Private Interment

Forest Lawn Cemetery


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