Reda Mae Murdoch, 86, of Hermitage, slipped away peacefully at 4:39 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017, in Good Samaritan Hospice, Beaver, from complications of a stroke she suffered on Nov. 15.
Reda was born on April 11, 1931, in Grove City to Ralph Simpson Keffer and Verle Bortz Keffer.
She attended Grove City schools and did not graduate, but as an adult she obtained her GED. As a young woman she worked at Dad's Restaurant, Grove City, where through one of her co-workers (who later became her sister-in-law) she met the love of her life, Tom Murdoch. They were married on June 2, 1951, in Grace United Methodist Church, Grove City, and enjoyed 36 years of marriage until his death on Nov. 29, 1987. Theirs was a true partnership. All major decisions were made together, and you rarely saw one without the other.
During her life, she worked at several businesses in the area, including Schuster's Steakhouse in Masury and Sharon Oyster House, Tastee Bakery, and Clepper Nursing Home, all in Sharon.
Reda was of the Protestant faith and formerly attended Sharon Church of the Nazarene.
She loved old-time country music and one of her favorite artists was Marty Robbins. She also loved babies and children, animals (especially dogs and cats) and had a special place in her heart for those with special needs, due to her sister Charlene being born with Down syndrome. She always felt for those who were ill or troubled.
Although in the last few years she didn't get around as well as she used to, Reda was blessed with good health and was still working jigsaw puzzles up until she had the stroke.
Anybody who knew Reda knew she was feisty and full of spunk. Her daughter lovingly called her a "tough old bird".
Her daughter Reda Jean was proud to have her as a mother. Reda Mae and her husband taught their daughter the golden rule: love, compassion, honesty, respect and working for what you wanted.
She is survived by a daughter, Reda Jean, and several cousins.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her sister and her husband.
Now Reda is whole again and after 30 years she is reunited with her husband; she was still in love with him.
Reda Mae, 86, of Hermitage.
Visitation: 4 to 7 p.m. Monday (11-27-17) and also Tuesday (11-28-17) one hour prior to the funeral at CUNNINGHAM FUNERAL HOME, Inc., 144 S. Pitt Street, Mercer, 16137.
Funeral: 11 a.m. Tuesday (11-28-17) at the funeral home with Dr. William P. Crooks officiating.
Burial: Findley Cemetery, Findley Township
Published on November 25, 2017