Andrée Cecile Reed Haj Abed

August 24, 1944 ‒ January 08, 2020

Loudonville, Ohio

LOUDONVILLE: Andrée Cecile Reed Haj Abed of the notorious purple house in Ashland and Loudonville, Ohio passed away peacefully after an extended illness on January 8th, 2020. She was born August 24th, 1944 in Mansfield, Ohio. She graduated Mansfield High School in 1962 and Ashland College in 1966 with a BS in Comprehensive Science.

She is survived by her son, Fouzi Haj Abed of Columbus (wife, Amanda Moses and grandchildren Collin and Alaina), daughters Amira Hartman of Columbus (husband Kirk and grandchildren Grady and Will) and Andera Smith of Henderson, Nevada (grandchildren Nathan, Leila, Oliver and Elliot). She is survived by sisters and a brother,  Libby Orbison of Ocala, FL, Carla Robinson of Albuquerque, NM, Kimberly Omler of Vero Beach, FL, Brooke Millett of Rocky Mount, NC, Tonya Vorhees of Port Clinton,  Myron Reed of Miami Beach, FL, and Melissa Geiger of Desert Hot Springs, CA.

She was preceded into death by her father Dr. Myron Reed, mother Ida May Reed, beloved aunts Dr. Ester Elizabeth “Betty” Reed, Dr. Barbara Reed Dedehayir and Jeanne Reed Test Antinozzi; former spouse Said Haj Abed. She is also preceded in death by her lifelong friend and companion Kevin Sparks.

Andrée was a member of the DAR and the Forget Me Not Garden Club. She was a popular substitute teacher at Ashland High School, Ashland University and NCSC.  She was also the Director of Chemical Stores at AU. She was a Girl Scout leader and judge for the AHS Science Fair. She loved animals and had an amazing variety during the years…a cow, snakes, ferrets, racoons, tarantulas, birds, ducks as well as many cherished dogs and cats. She was a blue-ribbon winner at the Ashland County Fair for her garden arrangements and her pies. Oh, her pies…there will never be such a pie maker as our Mama. She told us that if it smelled wonderful, produced fruit or was a health-giving herb, she had to grow it! She was a skilled line dancer and artisan and taught Tai Chi at the Y, concrete pot classes at the Croc Center, and painted faces at the Ashland Christian Heath Center’s fundraiser.

She took delight in performing random acts of kindness and secretly gifted friends, the fire station and others she knew were in need. She was proud of her healthy eating lifestyle and took Shaklee vitamins to the very end. She loved to stay busy visiting friends and family, skiing, refinishing furniture, wood-working, going to parks, museums, Indian pow-wows and the Prairie Peddler. She adored knitting, embroidery and making all kids of wonderful ceramic pieces. She was whimsical in all the best ways, weird and wonderful, an unapologetic eccentric and she empowered her children to find their own paths. She was late for everything, but always there for us.  She is now free to garden as she pleases, to dance without being breathless and we are so grateful. We are thankful for the kind and thoughtful care given to her during her last days by Trina Smith of Loudonville and Hospice of North Central Ohio. We would like to especially thank Jennifer, Cindy and Donna who wholeheartedly cared for her and our family, helping us to be at peace with her transition. If anyone would like to honor our dear Mama, we ask that you donate to Hospice of North Central Ohio.

A memorial service celebrating Andrée Cecile Reed Haj Abed will be held Friday, January 17, 2020 at the Bellville Snyder Funeral Home at 4 pm where her family will receive friends from 2pm – 4pm.  Celebrant Dave Roberts and Rev. David Sipes will officiate.

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  • You’re always in my heart dearest big sister! You’re beautiful, sweet, kind and brave! We’ll be together again one day!!! Rest In Peace dearest one!!!!❤️😇🙏❤️😇🙏❤️😇🙏❤️😇🙏❤️😇🙏❤️😇

  • I have fond memories of your mom subbing at AHS – especially for French class. When we would see her in the building we hoped it was in one of our classes. The obituary described her perfect. Prayers to you all.

  • Andrée was a beautiful soul who always saw the best in everyone. I always looked forward to her being a sub in classes and loved her eccentric ways. The obituary describes her perfect. Our deepest sympathies while you and your family endure her loss.

  • Dear Reed family,

    Sorry to see your sisters passing. She resembled your mother. I remember her purple house from my college days.
    Also, we as friends go way back to school in Lexington! I remember dancing with your father in the ballroom on Hawthorn. I am in Mexico or I would be there to hug each of you. Does Brook still have her curly hair??
    Know that I pray for your comfort and peace.

    With love, Susan Schmotzer Arnold

  • Dear Andree!
    It is sad that you left this world. I shall miss you. We met when you came to the
    Ashland Public Library, where I worked, and had an instant rapport. It was your smile and your beautiful eyes, your soul. You never left without saying hello. We were not social friends, just friends at the library. When your ex husband, Said, the father of your children that you were so proud of, passed away, I send you a little note of condolence. In return, you sent me a wonderful little Thank You note with scribbles around the edges because you had one more thing to say. It was lovely.
    I’m sorry we never met again after I retired. So now, a final adieu, Auf Wiedersehen , good bye, rest in peace my friend.
    Anna Storch

  • Sorry for your loss. She was such a wonderful substitute teacher at AHS. I enjoyed talking with her throughout the years even after graduation. Her vibrant and creative soul will be missed.

    Also my grandparents Mr. and Mrs. Bush extend their condolences to you and your family over her loss as well.

  • I got to know Andree as a caring mother to her three children. I had all three of her children as Fourth Grade students. She was very present in their school lives while I knew her.
    I enjoyed her quirky sense of humor and her love of animals.
    Condolences to the family and her friends.