Maridell Helen Reid (age 82) passed away on October 7, 2019 at her home. She was born in Minot, ND on April 14, 1937 to Samuel and Golda (Nettleton) Reid of Palermo, ND. She was baptized and confirmed in the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in rural Coulee, ND.
She attended grade and high school at Stanley, ND; graduating in 1955. She was a member of both band and chorus. She studied piano and presented a senior piano recital. She was very active in 4-H which led to her judging cattle and grain at the North Dakota Winter Show in Valley City, ND and at the North Dakota State Fair in Minot, ND.
She graduated from the University of North Dakota at Grand Forks with a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy in 1959. Following graduation, she worked for 2 years as Recreation Director at the former Minnesota State School for Girls at Sauk Centre, MN.
She became a registered Occupational Therapist in the American Occupational Therapy Association (O.T.R.), and was licensed by the North Dakota State Board of Occupational Therapy in 1961 while working at the former UND Rehabilitation Unit for patients with physical disabilities.
In 1965, she became Chief Occupational Therapist at St. Luke’s Hospitals in Fargo (now Sanford Health Systems). She developed clinical practices in psychiatry, physical disabilities and pediatrics. She served in this position for 18 years.
She was selected to be UND’s O.T. representative to the AOTA Councils on Education and Clinical Practice, serving 4 years. She then held the same positions for the NDSSS Occupational Therapy Assistance Program for 4 years. As president of the NDOTA, she served 6 years on the AOTA Delegate Assembly.
She presented many educational programs to different service groups while living in Fargo. She was an active member of Quota International and served one term as president. She was a member of the Architectural 1 Design committee for the development of New Horizons handicapped living facility. In 1977 she won the YWCA Woman Of The Year Award. In 1982 she was an OTR in Monroe, Wisconsin and later returning to North Dakota she worked as an OTR for geriatric patients at the State Hospital in Jamestown.
She retired in 1977 and continued to live with the “ruler of the house” her beloved parakeet, Joey. She was a member of Atonement Lutheran Church and participated in choir, circle and quilting group. Throughout her life, she enjoyed hobbies in travel, photography, music and flower gardening and a multitude of handicrafts.
She is survived by her brother and sister-in-law, Daniel “Mike” and Ellen Reid, their children: Scott (Wendy), children Cassandra and Michael; Shawn (Marcy), children Danielle and Samuel; Kimberly Jo (Mau) (Tom) Hegre and son Tayten. She was preceded in death by her parents.
Her body has been donated to the U.N.D. Medical School of Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology. No memorial service at this time. Memorials are preferred to be sent to Atonement Lutheran Church Building Fund or to the Mental Health America ND, Box 4106, Bismarck, ND 58502.