In loving memory of

Erna Lee Reid
January 10, 1946 - March 18, 2020

Columbus Junction-Erna Lee Reid was born January 10, 1946 in Washington, Iowa, the daughter of Ernest and Lucille (Hartman) Meyer. She graduated from Columbus Junction High School. She enjoyed singing, performing, her family, grandchildren and being retired.
Erna passed away on Wednesday, March 18, 2020 at her daughters home in Williamsburg at the age of 74.

She is survived by three children, Michelle Derrig of Williamsburg, Deanna Achor of Ft Mohave, AZ and Tim Prior of Franklin Grove, IL; four step children, Chris Reid, Brenda Mellecker, Anita McKillip and David Reid; 30 grandchildren; a number of great grandchildren; a sister Shelby Morrison and a brother Ron Meyer. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband Richard Reid and a sister Pat Johnson.

There will be a Celebration of Life Gathering at a later date. Powell Funeral Home in Williamsburg is caring for Erna and her family. Messages and tributes may be sent to


Gary Murphy wrote on Mar 31, 2020:

"I just now noticed that Erna Lee passed away recently. Erna Lee grew up in the Cotter area and I have been friends of her family throughout the years. I had the opportunity to see Erna Lee grow up. Our paths have crossed during the years and she was always so enthused with life. My sympathy goes out to her family! May Erna Lee Rest In Peace! Gary Murphy "

Anthony Hughes wrote on Mar 27, 2020:

"So sorry to hear of Erna?s passing. I am a Columbus Community class mate of Class of ?64. We were an ?item? while going to Cotter Elementary. We didn? t leave the school day without saying ?goodby!? My condolences to the family. Anthony?Tony? Hughes."

Larry Duncan wrote on Mar 24, 2020:

"Erna was a classmate and I recall the first year she came to the Columbus schools. She was well liked by all and was destined for a good future. I remember her as a strong vocalist and instrumental musician not to mention being a kind and friendly person. I lost track of Erna and many other classmates, I only saw her a few times after graduation, but I was glad to see she blessed the lives of so many friends and family. Keep singing Erna."

Ann E Lewis wrote on Mar 22, 2020:

"So many things in our daily routines are unexplainable. We are probably better not to know the future. Erna has been a great friend as well as cousin throughout our lives. We are saddened at her passing but comforted knowing she is now at peace. God's Blessings. Aunt Mildred Houseal & Duane Lewis and family."

Butch Morgan wrote on Mar 21, 2020:

"Erna Lee was a fellow class mate and graduate of Columbus High, class of 1964. Was a very good friend. She always supported me in anything I was involved with, and took a stand with me. I'm very saddened by hearing of her passing. Rest in peace Erna Lee. you were a very good and TRUE friend. Butch Morgan"

Dennis Truesdale wrote on Mar 20, 2020:

"Erna and I worked together for many years, my thoughts and prayers go out to her family. Erna was a hard working, kind, loving, generous, thoughtful person who will be greatly missed by all that knew her, Dennis Truesdale"

Frank and Margaret Stout wrote on Mar 20, 2020:

"It is with sorrow that we learn about the death of Erna. She is my cousin and we enjoyed getting to know her at the family reunion. Erna was such a happy upbeat person who brought joy to all of us. We wish the very best to her family during this time of grief. Prayers to all from our family to you. Frank and Margaret Stout & family"

Tony Penick wrote on Mar 20, 2020:

"We came into each others lives by unique circumstances, but that didn't stop Erna from treating me as one of her own!! I had the upmost respect for her for the way she treated my siblings and I. Always with love and respect Erna you will truly be missed!!! TONY"

Terri Lee Doehrmann wrote on Mar 19, 2020:

"Family of Erna Reid your families are in our thought and prayers sorry for you loss she will be greatly missed by all who knew her I remember her by talking about the What Cheer Flee Market her sense of humor may God give all of you the comfort you need now and in the days a head and always"