Reed Mitchell Hagee died on March 12 at the age of 76. She was beloved mother, grandmother, community advocate and leader, dear and generous friend to many.
Ms. Hagee’s community involvement began when she was in her early 30s as vice president of volunteers and finance and later president of The Child Care Center of Evanston, where she founded the auxiliary and was later named an honorary member.
She was a trustee of Covenant Methodist Church and a Sunday school teacher there, and an elder at Northminster Presbyterian Church; a Girl Scout Leader and District Council Representative. She was on The Blue Ribbon Commission on Finance of Evanston Township High School and a member of the Evanston Hospital Auxiliary Board. She served on the board of The Mental Health Society, now the Mental Health Association of the North Shore, an organization founded by her mother Helen King Mitchell, and was honored in 2004 as their volunteer of the year in 2004.
Ms. Hagee was founding member of the Business Advisory Committee and its first chair of the Youth Organization Umbrella after serving years on the board, and a member of the PTA at Willard and Haven Schools.
Ms. Hagee served on the board of directors of the Evanston Chamber of Commerce, the Private Industry Council of Northern Illinois and The Garden Club of Evanston and was a member of the Advisory Board of The Mitchell Museum of the American Indian, founded with the collection of her father, John Mitchell.
Born on Dec. 1, 1937 in Evanston, Ms. Hagee attended Evanston public schools. She married her Indiana University college sweetheart, Joe, in 1958. The courtship started as “love at first sight.”
When they settled in Evanston, both worked for at Mitchell Brothers Realty, founded in 1903 by her grandfather and great uncle. They had much success expanding the business further, with developments such as The Laundry Mall in Winnetka. Upon retiring they enjoyed the company of family and friends in the North Woods of Wisconsin.
Ms. Hagee is survived by her dear husband of 55 years, Joseph Gordon Hagee, son Scott Mitchell Hagee (Mitch), and daughter Joanne Hagee Matik and five grandchildren Marissa Anne and Joseph Anthony Hagee and Christopher James, Charlotte Victoria and Theodore Thomas Matik, her sister Jane Mitchell and 2 nieces and 1 nephew. She is preceded in death by her brother, Jonathon Mitchell.
A Memorial Service will be held at 3 p.m. on March 28 at Northminster Presbyterian Church, 2515 Central Park Ave. In lieu of flowers, donations can made to Autism Society of America www.autism-society.org, Autism Speaks www.autismspeaks.org or The Mitchell Museum of the American Indian, www.mitchellmuseum.org.