Stella Reed, 90, a children’s librarian who organized poetry
and story writing classes at branch libraries in Arlington and
Alexandria, died of respiratory complications July 25 at
Woodbine Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Alexandria.
From the early 1960s until she retired about 1985, Mrs. Reed
served at the Cherrydale, Central and Aurora branch libraries
in Arlington and the Duncan branch library in Alexandria,
where she led story hours and conducted crafts workshops
She organized a publishing project in which children’s poetry and illustrations were bound
After her retirement, Mrs. Reed continued doing similar work as a volunteer, providing
story hours and crafts projects for people in shelters and at Northern Virginia libraries.
Stella Swingle was a native Washingtonian and a graduate of Western High School
(1939). In the early 1950s she moved to McLean, where she was a stay-at-home-mother
with three daughters. She graduated from George Washington University and received a
master’s degree in library science from Catholic University.
She was a member of Alcoholics Anonymous with 34 years of sobriety, and a member of
the Serenity Club in Alexandria.
Her marriage to Stanley F. Reed ended in divorce. Her partner of 30 years, Louis
Washington, died in 2010. They had lived together in Alexandria. She moved to the
Woodbine facility soon after he died.
Survivors include three daughters from the marriage, Nancy Chang of Adelphi, Alexandra
Lajoux of Fairfax County and Beryl Wolfe of Tucson; a twin brother; another brother; a
sister; and six grandchildren.