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PATRICIA M. REED HIGH

Patricia M. "Patsy" Reed High, 99, of Hibbing, Minn. completed her earthly journey July 20, 2013.

Patricia Reed was born Dec. 1, 1913 in Hibbing, Minn. Her parents were Ella M. Reed and Henry Pearl Reed.

She lived in Hibbing for the early part of her life and went to Grammar school in Hibbing.

The family moved to Minneapolis where she finished through high school. She then went to St. Paul School of Arts where she started her career as an artist. The family moved back to Hibbing in the early part of the 1930's due to the recession and the effect it had on their life.

Surviving the depression in Hibbing she moved to New York City the further her art studies at the Art Students League where she also worked to support her art studies. She associated with many fellow artists who went on to notable art careers and maintained contact with many of them.

In the early 1940's, because of family problems, she returned to Hibbing and worked with her father in the Real Estate business. She continued her art work as sales ad designer for Herbergers. While so employed in this dual role she met Warren L. High when he was sent to Hibbing for his job and was renting desk space in the Reed Building in the Reed Agency office. As the free spirit she was, she decided to find a mate for him among her many friends. For some time and many failed attempts at this job, she found that both her and Warren did have something in common. They were married on Aug. 28, 1948. During their married life, which was spent both in Duluth and Hibbing as family needs in Hibbing required regular attention, she continued doing her art both as a hobby and a need to produce. It was her way of making statements about things that needed attention in this world we live with. She converted the downstairs apartment in their Duluth home into an artist's studio where she also taught art to many local residents. Her free spirit continued to drive her and when Warren retired, she insisted on seeing more of the world. They spent many months traveling throughout our planet. She finally decided that she needed to go to Hibing and live and wanted a divorce, not just a separation. After much discussion and not many differences they agreed to a divorce and parted. They saved a lot of money by both using the same attorney.

In 1999 she moved back to Hibbing and without having Warren to slow her down she could do things her own way without objection by anyone. Warren continued in the background as a small part of her life and against her objections to do nothing at her death except have her cremated and put her ashes in her flower bed, he is having a Memorial Service for all who have a tidbit to share about a very unusual and interesting free spirit lady Come prepared to share some mike time. No memorials needed but if offered, give to the endowment fund for the church.

MEMORIAL SEVICE: 2 p.m. Sept. 7, 2013 in the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Duluth, 835 College St., Duluth.