Frances Shultz Reed, 92, of Seaside, died Monday, March 29, 2010, in Wheeler.

She was born July 16, 1917, in Hewitt, Minn., to Mildred and Frank Nesmith.

In 1934, she married Travis Shultz in Astoria. They later divorced. He preceded her in death.

In 1979, she married Joe Reed. He also preceded her in death.

Mrs. Reed lived mostly on Clatsop Plains for 56 years and last year. She began attending college at age 54, and received her bachelor's degree from Portland State University at age 58. She taught school, then worked as a counselor for the elderly for U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. At age 68, she founded and directed the nonprofit Portland Center for A Course in Miracles, which has since been renamed Reed Miracles Center. She retired 27 years ago.

Family members said she was a prolific writer, publishing many poems, short stories and books, many of them children's books. Several of them were set in Clatsop County.

She is survived by a son, Wesley Shultz of Coos Bay; three daughters, Judith Allen of Manzanita, Jenita Matteson of Damascus and Barbara Zwald of Albuquerque, N.M.; 22 grandchildren; and 29 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a son, Travis Timothy Shultz; and a daughter, Anne Mildred Adams.

A memorial will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, April 10 at Multnomah Arts Center, at 7688 SW Pacific Highway in Multnomah Village, Portland.

A private inurnment will be held at Ocean View cemetery in Warrenton.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Reed Miracles Center, 1509 SW Sunset Blvd. Suite 1E, Portland, OR 97239

Wauds Funeral Home in Tillamook was in charge of the cremation arrangements.

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