Monday, February 2, 2015

Volunteer Spotlight--Brenda Reed



    Brenda H. Reed has been serving as a volunteer for that last few years.  She serves as one of the Volunteer Co-Ordinators as well as a Tour Guide every Thursday morning.
    Brenda is a daughter of the late Don and Dora Hutchings.  She was the first born of family of six children.  She has a younger brother and four sisters.  She was born in East Ely, Nevada.  The family lived in Ely, Lund, Forest Home Ranch and finally in McGill.  She graduated from White Pine High School and then went to BYU where she majored in nursing.  She joined the Navy during her junior year and the Navy paid for her final year of school.
    She graduated from BYU and then went to Newport, Rhode Island for officer training school.  She was then stationed in San Diego, California.  She met James Reed from Los Angles who was one of her patients at the Naval Hospital.  They were married in 1962 in the Logan LDS Temple.  Their first son was born in San Diego.
    After leaving the Navy they moved to Springville, Utah.  While living there, they added two more sons and a daughter to the family.
    Brenda started working at Utah Valley Hospital in Provo she spent 7 ½ years on the nursing staff.  They then moved to Payson and moved into a home on the East Canyon Road just south of the Strawberry High Canal.  She then began a 30 year career beginning at the Payson Hospital and then at Mountain View Hospital when Payson City old the old hospital and a newer facility was built.  She spent a total of 40 years as a nurse.  She retired in 2005 from the hospital.
    After her retirement, she cared  for her mother and her husband who were both in ill health.  Her mother passed away in 2006 and her husband passed away in 2007.
    Brenda has always been involved in the community.  She was a member of the Payson Civic Chorale for over 30 years.  After the death of her family members she was very busy and finally got things in order.  She was looking in the Payson Chronicle and saw the article they noted the Peteetneet Museum was seeking Volunteer Tour Guide.  She felt that she could do that.  She called Sandra Armstrong, who was the volunteer Co-Ordinator at the time, and volunteered to come on Thursday mornings each week.  She began working with Georgia Mills and Joyce Bradley.
    Brenda and Georgia Mills served as the Volunteer Co-Ordinators at this time.  Brenda said she has really enjoyed volunteering and getting to know the other volunteers who also donated their time and talents at the museum. 

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