Gail Reed, 85, of Cozad died Nov. 9, 2020, at Emerald Care Nursing Home in Cozad. She was born the daughter of William and Adelaide Jensen Christiansen on Dec. 24, 1934. She was born in the same house she lived most of her life in.
She was always ready to ride and herd the cattle in the cornfield or on the drive to the pasture. When the Cozad Horse Club was formed, she and her dad rode in it along with a lot of farmers and anyone that wanted to. She was the last living member of the club.
She attended school at District 13, riding a horse when it was nice outside. Gail graduated from Cozad High School with the class of 1952. On Jan. 20, 1952, she married the love of her life, John “Jack” Walter Reed in Lexington. They lived one year in Lexington then moved to a farm in Gothenburg. In February of 1954, the couple moved to the place where they raised their six children: Marcia, John, Debra, Terri, Kim and Doug. Jack was involved with 4-H so the kids all worked on showing calves and sheep judging.
Gail worked at the Dixie Inn, Valley Vending, and then Monroes for 25 years. She and Jack loved their time together working and growing a big garden to sell vegetables and baked goods in at the Farmers Market in Lexington, Gothenburg and Cozad. Gail loved her chickens, selling eggs to a lot of folks. At first they started out with fryers, and later had just eggs. Her favorite pastime was crocheting, or making jelly - keeping 17 kinds on hand. She loved her African violets and all flowers in her sun room. She was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church.
Survivors include children, Marcia Pedersen of Plattsmouth, John (Shelly) Reed of Cozad, Debra ( Dennis) Meredith of Gothenburg, Terri Hergenrader (Jim McAdams) of Lincoln, Kim (Todd) Morse of Omaha, and Doug (Kim) Reed of Seward; 15 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; sister, Wilma Quelle of Beatrice, along with many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.
Gail was preceded in death by her husband, John (Jack); her parents and parents-in-law; son-in-law, Roger Pedersen; grandson, Ryan Reed; great-grandson, Wyatt Meredith; brothers, Earl and Alvin Christiansen; sister, Helga Anderson and her husband Durl; brother-in-law, Wilbur Quelle, and sister-in-law, Mollie Christiansen.
Visitation will be held on Friday, Nov. 13 from 1 - 7 p.m. with family present from 4 - 6 p.m. at Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel in Gothenburg.
Private family service will take place at St. John’s Lutheran Church. Public graveside services will take place at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 14 at the St. John’s Lutheran Cemetery. Memorials may be given to the family to be used later for 4-H trophies. To sign the online guest book, go to