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Bennie Kay Smith Reed, 78, widow of William “Bill” Houghton Reed, died Sunday, April 12, 2020, in Bardstown. Born on March 21, 1942, in Cynthiana, she was the daughter of the late Charles E. and Eudora Whitaker Smith. She was a graduate of Versailles High School and attended Eastern Kentucky University, where she served as secretary/president of the Newman Club and was an honorary member of the Sigma Chi Mu Sorority. She was a member of St. Leo’s Catholic Church. She owned Bennie Kay Krafts and sold hand-painted crafts, attending multiple shows in Kentucky and was commissioned by Keeneland Gift Shop, where she worked. She also answered the switchboard for race meets and sales. She had done bookkeeping for Henry County Schools, was a Pewee Valley Community Kindergarten assistant teacher, third grade teacher at Christ the King in Lexington, receptionist at International Paper Company and for the Woodford County agricultural agent in Versailles, had been a cashier for The Woodford Sun and Terry’s Five & Dime. She is survived by two daughters, Rebecca (Jay) Leslie Schmidt, Bardstown; and Terri (Tom) Jo Thomas, Richmond; three grandchildren, Alex and Chris Schmidt, and Mikalah (Benton) Krauss; two great-grandchildren, William Gregory Krauss and Caleb Michael Krauss; and two brothers, Terry (Debbie) Smith and Joe Mack (Carol) Smith. A private ceremony and graveside service will be held with a celebration of her life to be scheduled for a time when friends and family may gather together. Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home has been entrusted with the service arrangements. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Leo Catholic Church, 295 Huntertown Road, Versailles, Ky. 40383 or the Woodford County Public Library, 115 North Main Street, Versailles, Ky. 40383.

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