Sister Alice Lorraine Reid, C.T.

Sister Alice Lorraine Reid, C.T.

Sister Alice Lorraine Reid, C.T.
March 5, 1927 – December 27, 2014



Sister Alice Lorraine Reid of the Episcopal Community of the Transfiguration died quietly from the effects of ALS in the early hours of December 27th. She was surrounded by her Sisters and by loving friends as she slipped gently into eternity. She is survived by her Transfiguration Sisters, by her niece Catherine Lewis, nephew James Lewis and brother-in-law Harold Lewis all of Portland Oregon, nephew John Lewis of Loveland, Colorado, cousins Herb Tookey of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Carl Tookey of Pennsylvania, James Tookey of Ohio, Murray Tookey and Joan Parrish of Vancouver British Columbia, Canada, and by many other cousins in the US, Canada and England and by countless friends. Sister Alice, born Shirley Lorraine Reid, was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Always up for adventure, she spent two of her young adult years living and working in London and hitch-hiking around the British Isles and western Europe. She rejoined her family after they moved to California, where she met the Sisters of the Transfiguration in San Mateo. She lived with her aunt Evelyne Tookey who preceded her into the Community of the Transfiguration as Sister Mary Evelyne, and who preceded her in death in June of 2014. Sister Alice entered the Community in 1956. During her decades as a Sister she had a widely varied life. She cared for children at the then Bethany Home at the Convent while also cooking for the Community and the children. She was on the staff of St. Dorothy’s Rest Episcopal Camp in Camp Meeker, California and later served as Director of the camp. She served in Sendai, Japan for 4½ years. She served as Assistant Superior to the Community. She was Superior for 5 years. Her longest and favorite ministry began with Sister Teresa Martin in Ferndale, California. The two traveled all over the western states leading retreats, workshops, quiet days, preaching, teaching and creating a vast network of Associates who expanded and supported the ministry in countless ways. Except for the five years she served as Superior, the remainder of her life was given to that ministry, later centered in Eureka; and to a rich life of hospitality, spiritual direction and diverse friendships. Active in local congregations and the wider Episcopal Church, she influenced many people and lightened many burdens. Sister Alice lived and breathed prayer that flowed from her delight in and love of God. More and more, the words of prayer became irrelevant as the reality of her relationship with Christ deepened and became more intense. If forced into words, she would say that it was about Love, about Light.

Her life as a woman who lived God’s love joyously, generously and fully will be celebrated at Christ Episcopal Church in Eureka, California on Saturday January 3rd at 11:00 AM with the Rt. Rev. Barry Beisner, Bishop of Northern California, presiding. There will also be a celebration of her life at the Convent of the Transfiguration, 495 Albion Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio on January 10 at 10:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Frances Lana Ordination Education Fund, c/o the Episcopal Diocese of Northern California, 350 University Avenue, Suite 280, Sacramento, CA 95825; to Christ Episcopal Church, 625 15th St., Eureka, CA 95501, or to Food for People, 307 West 14th Street, Eureka, CA 95501. Please sign the guestbook at and click on obits.

Published in Eureka Times-Standard on Dec. 31, 2014