Sherlynn D. Reid, 85, of Oak Park, died on March 10, 2021 following a medical emergency. Born on Nov. 4, 1935 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to the late Mary Dee (Goode) and Franklin, she had a radio show as a teenager, where she was known as Little Dee, and also worked in her uncle’s pharmacy. She attended Fisk University to study arts and drama and later met and married Henry Reid. Three daughters were born of that union. They moved to Cleveland, then Detroit and finally to Oak Park. She was involved with the League of Woman Voters, the Human Relations Commission and later became the director of Community Relations for the village of Oak Park for more than 25 years, retiring in 1999. A member of First United Church of Oak Park, she was a longtime member and past president of the 19th Century Charitable Association. She is also a Charter member of the West Towns Chapter of the LINKS Inc.
Over the years Sherlynn was the recipient of numerous awards for her service to and love for the community.
Sherlynn was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, and her sister, Yvonne (“Bonnie”), her twin brother Sherwood, and her youngest brother Franklin (“Buddy”). She is survived by her daughters Mary, Dorothy and Lorie (Cederick) Fuller; her grandsons, Henry Ryan Reid, and Connor and Isaiah Fuller; and by many nieces and nephews, cousins, and dear friends.
Visitation was held on March 14 at Drechsler, Brown & Williams Funeral Home, 203 S. Marion St., Oak Park.
In lieu of flowers, donations to CAST, Henry E. Reid Scholarship Fund (donate here) are appreciated.