Shirley Bowen Reed


Shirley Bowen Reed, 86, of Phoenix and Payson, died April 28, 2007, following a stroke she suffered in August 2006.

Born in Evanston, Ill. on July 6, 1920, Shirley and her family settled in Prescott, Ariz., in 1926. She attended Prescott High School, graduated in 1938 and then studied art in Los Angeles at Chouinard Art Institute and Art Center College of Design.

She married Allen C. Reed and they both worked in the illustration department at Lockheed Aircraft during World War II.

After the war, she worked for Columbia Studios as an illustrator.

The couple moved to Phoenix in 1948 and opened an advertising agency.

A talented artist, Reed's lifelong passion was depicting life in the Old West in drawings, watercolors and especially oil paintings. She illustrated a number of articles for Arizona Highways magazine.

Survivors include her children Kris, Greg (Cheryl), Kim and Brent; grandchildren Holly Batsell and Michael Sherwood; step-grandchildren Ray Ramella, Roger Ramella, Rick Ramella and Rhonda Gutierrez; seven great-grandchildren; sister Joyce Lugo; many nieces and nephews; former husband Allen; and many friends.

A memorial gathering celebrating her life will be held May 12, 2007 for family and friends. Please call (480) 540-3339 for details.

Donations in her memory may be made to the Doris Day Animal League, 2100 L. St NW, Washington, DC 20037 or online at or to the Payson Humane Society, PO Box 242, Payson, AZ 85547.

Arrangements handled by Messinger Mortuary, Scottsdale.

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