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Ethel Mae Harper-Reed

March 29, 1930 — May 16, 2023

Celebrating the Life of Ethel Marie Cannon Harper Reed

"When tomorrow starts without me, and I'm not here to see, If the sun should rise and find your

eye, filled with tears for me. I wish so much you wouldn't cry, the way you did today, while

thinking of the many things, we didn't get to say. I know how much you love me, as much as I

love You, and each time you think of me, I know you'll miss me too. When tomorrow starts

without me, don't think we're far apart, for every time you think of me, I'm right there in your


Ethel Marie Cannon Harper Reed, born on March 29, 1930, was a vibrant soul who brought joy

and warmth to the lives she touched. From a small Delta town in Leland, Mississippi, to the

bustling streets of Chicago, Illinois, Ethel embraced life with a passion and zest that was truly


At the tender age of 18, Ethel embarked on a new adventure, making her way to the vibrant

city of Chicago. There, she pursued her passion as a Professional Seamstress, showcasing her

remarkable talent and skill. Her annual fashion shows were the talk of the town, with tickets

selling out in a heartbeat. Ethel's creative flair and dedication to her craft earned her admiration

from all who witnessed her creations. She also served as a compassionate Personal Care

Provider, nurturing, and caring for those in need.

Ethel's unwavering faith in the Lord blossomed at a young age when she found solace and

guidance at the Old Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church in Leland, Mississippi. Upon

moving to Chicago, she found a spiritual home at the Congregational Church of Park-Manor.

Though her health may have wavered in later years, her faith remained steadfast, a testament

to her unwavering spirit.

A force of nature, Ethel had an incredible ability to connect with people from all walks of life.

Her infectious charm and magnetic personality won over hearts and forged lasting friendships.

As a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend, Ethel

touched countless lives with her love, compassion, and genuine care. She lived a life that

overflowed with meaning and purpose, leaving behind a legacy that will be cherished by all

who were fortunate enough to know her.

On May 16, 2023, Ethel Marie Cannon, Harper, Reed answered the heavenly call, as she was

welcomed into the embrace of eternity. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband,

Mr. Delmer Reed Sr., with whom she shared more than 13 precious years. While our hearts

ache with her departure, we are comforted by the multitude of beautiful memories she left


Ethel leaves behind a rich tapestry of cherished moments and fond remembrances. Her

memory will forever be carried in the hearts of her loving son, Mr. Charles (Chuck) {Two-Star}

Cannon, of St. Louis, Missouri, her sister Teresa Roby of Chicago, Illinois, and her brothers Don

O. Cannon and Pastor Hank T. Cannon of Casa Grande, Arizona. Her legacy extends through

her six adoring grandchildren, twelve great-grandchildren, and a heavenly host of individuals

whose lives were forever brightened by her presence.

In the realms of paradise, Ethel Marie Cannon Harper Reed reunites with her loving husband,

Delmer, her two sons, Virgil and Leroy Cannon, and grandson, Tony Reeder. She is embraced

by the loving arms of her parents, Mitchell and Gracie Cannon, and finds solace among her

sisters: Edna Wilson, Gracie Williams, and Irean Johnson. Ethel is also welcomed by her

brothers: Mitchell Cannon Jr., John (Bubba) Cannon, Charles Cannon, Isaiah ‘Zeke’ Cannon

and Pastor Joseph H Cannon Sr.

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