Phoebe Reed Motley, of Silver Spring, Maryland, died on Nov. 21, 2017, at the age of 86, from complications arising from a bout of pneumonia.
Born in McAlester on August 6, 1931, to George and Letha Reed, Phoebe graduated from McAlester High School in 1949.
She met her first husband, Richard Manning, in Oklahoma City; their daughter Laura Manning Johnson, was born in 1954. Phoebe worked for Lockheed and then Lockheed-Martin in Oklahoma, California and Maryland, where she retired after 36 years in 1999. It was at that time she married her second husband, Dee Motley, and they both returned home to McAlester.
She enjoyed attending All Saints Episcopal Church, socializing with the Prime Timers and Friday Night Group, traveling and playing bridge.
Phoebe's husband, Dee, died in 2006. In 2009, she moved to Maryland to be near her daughter, Laura Manning Johnson, son-in-law, Tom Johnson, and grandsons, Matthew and wife, Meagen, and Mark Stubenberg. She got to know her step-grandkids, Miles, Grace and Neil Johnson. During her final years she struggled with dementia.
Phoebe is survived by W.A. "John" and Betty Watkins, and their children, John and his wife, Dana, Paul and partner, Julie, and George and his wife, Beth, as well as many cousins, nieces and nephews.
The family will hold a second memorial service for her at 1 p.m. Monday, Dec. 18, at All Saints Episcopal Church. All are invited.
For a pictorial tribute of her life, visit http://obits.dignitymemorial.com/dignity-memorial/obituary.aspx?n=Phoebe-Motley&lc=9738&pid=187317658&uuid=b45c2916-40cb-49ff-9a79-341034abf31f
Published on December 3, 2017