October 19, 1926 - April 17, 2019
Tanis Mary (Whelan) Reid passed peacefully on April 17, 2019 in Swampscott, Massachusetts. Tanis, 92, was the daughter of the late Robert Emmet and Emily Louise (Faery) Whelan. She was predeceased by her brother Sonny and is survived by her sister Joanne Freeburg of Williamsville, New York.
Raised in Niagara Falls, New York, Tanis was graduated summa cum laude from Niagara University where she met her husband William James Reid. They spent nearly fifty, happy years together raising their children in the Chicago and Buffalo areas until Bill’s passing in 1997.
Tanis and Bill are survived by their six children: Mary-Jo Whelan McKittrick (Gary) of Lake Geneva, Wisconsin; Tanis Mary Reid (Robert Maniscalco), of Los Angeles, California; William James Reid (Deborah) of Naperville, Illinois; Robert Emmet Reid (Janice) of Destin, Florida; Michelle Ann Plimpton (Mark) of East Amherst, New York; and Kristin Reid (Edward Robertson) of Swampscott, Massachusetts. Tanis is also survived by thirteen grandchildren: (Keely, Michael, Mia, Reid, Zoe, Kaitlyn, Kara, Nicholas, Natalie, Mackenzie, Reese, Chelsea, and Kyle) and two great grandchildren (Grant and Evelyn). She was also very fond of her many nieces and nephews.
Tanis had a knack for doing well at whatever she attempted. Her sewing was exquisite; her home a lovely environment; her food memorable; and her tennis winning. But her true passion was her devotion to her husband and family. The indefatigable spirit and love she brought to the lives of so many is her legacy. She will be missed.
Tanis and her family deeply appreciate the kindness and care of the attentive staff at the Residence on Vinnin Square in Swampscott. A memorial service will be held at a time and place yet to be determined