Inda Ann Francis Dobson

While attending the Texas County Old Settlers Reunion, Inda Reed took her seven children, along with Tommy Reed and his family, not realizing an admission fee was required to enter. Not having a lot of money, Tommy had the idea of putting both groups together into one group to get the cheaper “family rate.” Tommy pointed to Inda and said, “This is Granny,” and pointed to his wife and said, “This is Ma and these are all the kids.” Thus the name “Granny” was born.

Inda Anna (Freeman) Reed-Dobson, “Granny,” was born on May 15, 1926 in Douglas County, Missouri, to George and Christina (Holt) Freeman, and passed away on Tuesday, September 18, 2012, at her residence in Mtn. Grove, Missouri. She was 86 years, four months and three days of age.

Inda grew up and attended school in Douglas County and was united in marriage to Elmer Reed. Following Elmer’s passing, she was married to Melvin Dobson. They made their home near Mtn. Grove for over 40 years.

Inda was employed by Brown Shoe Company, and retired after 32 years of dedicated service. In her later years, she continued taking care of her farm and livestock and enjoyed tending to her garden and sharing the fruits of her labor with those around her. She also continued to fish in her spare time.

She enjoyed fish fries with her family and friends and also enjoyed shopping at yard sales.

Inda was an active member of Oak Grove Freewill Baptist Church in Texas County and enjoyed attending services as long as her health permitted.

Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Elmer Reed; her second husband, Melvin Dobson; one brother, Delbert; five sisters, Elva, Pearlie, Zella, Lucy, and Maxine; one son, Dallas Reed; a son-in-law, Steve Murr; a grandson, Buddy Kennedy; and a stepson, Sonny Dobson.

She is survived by two sons, Junior Reed of Mtn. Grove and Billy Reed of Cabool, Missouri; four
daughters, Virginia Kennedy and husband Glen of Mtn. Grove, Sharrion Vandivort and husband Bill of Houston, Missouri, Geneva Scheets and husband Benny of Cabool, and Janice Murr and fiancé Duane Duke of Mtn. Grove; a daughter-in-law, Patty Reed; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; two stepdaughters, Doris McCune and husband Frank, and Delores Shelton and husband Rick, all of Mtn. Grove; and many nieces and nephews who knew her as “Mom.”

Not only did Inda raise her seven children to continue her loving legacy, a multitude of others have been inspired by her selfless giving. She was saved and baptized at an early age and her love for God showed through, even until her final days.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, September 22, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. in Craig-Hurtt Chapel with Rev. Junior Hutsell officiating. Brenda Tate sang “Where We’ll Never Grow Old,” “I Won’t Have To Cross Jordan Alone,” “Where He Leads Me I Will Follow,” and “I Need Thee Every Hour.” Pallbearers were Paul Kennedy, Gordon Vandivort, Randle Scheets, Dal Reed, Daniel Reed, Lee Melton and Tony Reed. Burial was in Pleasant Hill Cemetery under the direction of Craig-Hurtt Funeral Home, Mtn. Grove.

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