PIQUA — For this local group of Christians, losing a beloved community figure who passed away did not stop them from showing their appreciation of her.
This year, the Piqua Association of Churches (PAC) decided to recognize the late Susan Reed for her contributions to the local Christian community, honoring her posthumously with the Hero of Faith award.
“She did a lot in her 62 years,” Theodorsia Gray of PAC and Piqua’s Cyrene AME Church said.
Reed, who also was a member of PAC and Piqua’s Cyrene AME Church, was remembered for volunteering at her church and with PAC, including giving her time to help with Vacation Bible Schools along with transporting youth on church trips. Reed also participated in community choirs and a local bell choir.
“If it wasn’t for Susan, we wouldn’t have AME and PAC,” Paul Green, president of PAC, said.
This was the first time that PAC decided to honor a candidate who had passed away. Green said that they felt Reed deserved the honor, which Green referred to as the local “medal of honor” in Christianity.
“If you think about it, one of the principles that we as Christians (have) is that our elders and those that are in leadership, they’re charged to teach and guide the young ones,” Green said. “And that’s exactly what Susan did. She brought them in. She led them in.”
Green remarked how she helped bring churches together in PAC, even bringing in volunteers like Gray to join PAC.
“She was also a loud voice to other churches because she brought them in. She was more like a recruiter in a way,” Green said.
PAC also honored Reed’s family, inviting them to the annual PAC dinner earlier this year to present them and Reed’s church with the Hero of Faith award.
“They were in tears,” Green said.
Reed was remembered for being active in the community at large as well.
“She was very often at the YWCA,” Gray said, adding that Reed also worked with the Miami County Sheriff’s Department and the elderly in the community. Reed also liked to help clean up the park. Gray added that she was a proponent of Christian bookstores.
“She knew everybody,” Gray said. “She was born and raised in Piqua.”
Gray said that Reed was an “all-around good person.”
Reed left an impact on those she spent time with, both as a volunteer and as a friend.
“We miss her a lot, but we all know she’s in a better place and we will see her again,” Gray said.
“We were just proud to have her as our sister,” Patty Lucas, also a member of Cyrene AME Church, said, adding, “I think she’s a great sister.”
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