In memory of
Diane (Osborne) Reed, 85, of Norwell, formerly of Hyde Park, MA, passed away October 14, 2016. Beloved wife of the late Donald E. Reed, with whom she shared 37 years of marriage. Within just a few years after specializing in secretarial skills at Hyde Park High School, Diane served as executive secretary for the head of research at Baird Atomic, a major parts supplier for the U.S. Air Force, until the mid-1960s when Baird left the area. After this, Diane served as a legal secretary for a number of law offices in the Boston area, and ended her career part-time with a law firm closer to home, until her early 70s. According to a close friend and co-worker, when it came to secretarial skills, Diane was “the best of the best.” Diane was a gifted and very accomplished swimmer, a “natural swimmer” according to many, who won many medals, especially later in life in her long-term association with the United States Masters Swimming organization, and she served as the Secretary for the Duxbury Masters group for many years. Our recent tally of her wins revealed that between the ages of 51 and 73 she placed in the top 10 nationally well over 200 times, including being on relay teams that placed #1 in the nation on four separate occasions. Diane shared her love of swimming with her husband, who was also swimmer in his college years on MIT’s swim team, spending many summer days with friends and family enjoying the ocean at Duxbury Beach. Diane was also an avid gardener, of fruits and vegetables as well as flowers, and had a true green thumb. Determined, gracious, and self-reliant, Diane was a true Yankee, in the best sense of the word. She will be missed. Diane is survived by her sister, Isabelle Toliver of Kerrville, TX, Isabelle’s daughter, Marilyn Hollomon of Baytown, TX, and by her stepson, Michael Reed of Longmeadow, MA. A graveside service will take place at a later date at Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne, MA, where she will be buried next to her late husband, a WWII veteran. For more information, please visit www.richardsongaffeyfuneralhome.com
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