Patricia L. Reid Endowment

Patricia L. Reid Endowment


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Patricia Reid was born on March 26, 1929, to Josephine and Michael Purkheiser in Nevada, IA. During her early years, Patricia’s family had to deal with the Great Depression, but the Purkheiser family never let it dampen their spirits. Her father managed to guide the family through these tough times by hanging on to his job at the Story County auditor’s office. Pat’s mother acted as the glue that held the family together. She was the moral compass who dispensed wisdom and set high standards of excellence for her daughters.

Patricia attended Iowa State University for a year and then went to work for a law office and public utility office in her hometown. Eventually, Pat and a school friend, Bev Shalley, decided to seek their fortune in Kansas City, MO. It was here that Patricia landed a job as a personal secretary in a very prestigious law firm. On several occasions she even had the opportunity to share an elevator ride with Harry Truman, who had offices in the same building.

Their Travels

It was in the fall of 1953 that Pat met her future husband, Dan, on a blind date. He was serving in the Marine Corps as an instructor in a radar maintenance school at a nearby Naval Air station. Dan and Pat were married in 1954 and moved into an apartment in Kansas City. One year later, Dan was ordered to Iwakuni, Japan for a 14-month tour of duty. Pat joined Dan in Japan for a short time before being sent home and told she had to wait for him in Iowa. He returned from overseas in 1957 and the couple spent the next few years moving around the country. The Reids went from North Carolina, to Missouri, to Indiana, to Michigan, and finally settled in the Quad Cities in 1978.

During this time the family underwent many changes. A daughter, Judy, was born in 1957 and their son Mike followed in 1962. One of the biggest challenges the Reids faced was when Pat was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis. She was faced with the option of fighting the disease or passively living with it. She chose to fight and for many years she won.

She Lost the Battle, but Not the War

Pat continued to be active in her children’s lives and in her community. The disease placed some limits on her activity level, but she did her best not to let them slow her down. Pat was able to watch her children grow up, experience being a grandparent, and even enjoyed retirement with Dan along the Mississippi River. Unfortunately, Pat lost her long and courageous battle and passed away in 2003 from pneumonia.

While Pat’s personal battle is now over, a new war is beginning in her name. The Patricia L. Reid Endowment was established at the Community Foundation of the Great River Bend to continue the fight against Rheumatoid Arthritis and to help those affected by it.

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