Barbara Reed

Barbara (Bobbie) Carter Reed

Barbara (Bobbie) Carter Reed, age 80, of Kirkland, WA, died peacefully in her sleep on April 8, 2015, in La Conner, WA, after a day of gardening among the spring tulips she loved. She was born in Honolulu, Hawaiian Territory, to the late Fredrick Butler Carter III and Elizabeth Alden Carter on October 6, 1934.

Bobbie attended Punahou School and graduated in 1952. She attended Stanford University where she met her first husband, Paul B. Kelly Jr. MD. Bobbie was an enthusiastic supporter of both Punahou and Stanford her entire life.

Bobbie raised her young family in Montreal, San Francisco, Mill Valley, and Heidelberg, Germany, before she and her husband returned to Sacramento, CA.

The mother of five children, Bobbie moved to the Pacific Northwest in 1976 after her divorce and married the late Ronald C. Reed MD in 2002.

Bobbie worked as a legal secretary in Seattle and Bellevue before joining the Bureau of Education & Research, a job she loved for many years.

She was especially proud of returning to Stanford in 1988 to finally complete her degree and graduate on the same day with her two sons.

In addition to being a devoted mother and wife, Bobbie loved gardening, good food, socializing, and she was a passionate fan of the Seattle Seahawks and Mariners. Bobbie had a wonderful smile that could light up a room and her optimism touched everyone she knew.

She is survived by her sister, Susan Carter Ayrault of Kirkland, WA; three daughters, Kathryn Elizabeth Kelly of Incline Village, NV; Barbara Lynne Kelly of Index, WA; Malia Ann Kelly of Bainbridge Island, WA; and two sons, Paul Brendan Kelly III of Green Valley, CA; and John Alden Carter Kelly of Kirkland WA. She leaves behind an extended family including cherished cousins, nieces and nephews. She particularly adored her twelve grandchildren who brought her great joy.

Please direct any donations in memory of Bobbie Carter Reed to Punahou School – Advancement Office; 1601 Punahou Street, Honolulu, HI 96822.

Family and friends are welcome to attend a Memorial Service at 10am on Saturday April 18th, 2015, at St. John’s Episcopal Church, in Kirkland, WA.

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