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Eugenie Chazal Reid Obituary – The Palm Beach Post

Eugenie Chazal Reid, a retired legal writer, librarian, children’s author and amateur genealogist whose curiosity and passion for research touched generations of family and friends, died peacefully Tuesday, March 22 at age 97.

Eugenie was born and raised in Woodbury, NJ and moved with her mother to Ocala in 1941 when she was 16 years old. After graduating from Ocala High School, she studied English at Florida State College for Women and library science at the University of North Carolina. at Chapel Hill. She married George Kell Reid in 1949 and they moved to Gainesville, where she worked as a cataloger at the University of Florida Library while George conducted graduate research in marine biology. The couple lived in Virginia, Texas and New Jersey before settling in St. Petersburg, Florida, where they raised two children, Deborah Louise Reid and George Philip Reid.

Eugenie wrote two detective novels for children set in Florida: “The Mystery of the Carrowell Necklace” (1965) and “The Mystery of the Second Treasure” (1967). Both were published by Lothrop, Lee and Shepard Co., now an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers. In the 1970s, she and her daughter became the first mother-daughter duo to study together at Stetson College of Law. After graduating from law school in 1976, at the age of 51, she worked as a legal writer for the Commerce Clearing House, a Tampa publishing house. For decades, she pursued her passion for genealogical research wherever she took it, from libraries in Utah to churches and cemeteries in England and France, ultimately tracing her family’s history back to the 17th century.

In retirement, she moved to Palm Beach Gardens to be closer to her daughter and her family. There she played the organ during services at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church and continued to pursue her lifelong interest in genealogy and biblical history. In her later years, she lived in the Brookdale Senior Living community, where she managed the community library.

She is survived by her daughter, Deborah Louise Marra; his son-in-law, Kenneth Marra; eight grandchildren, Andrew, Joanna, Peter, Stephen, David, Mark, John Michael and Annalize; four great-grandchildren, Kendall, Jacob, Aldo and Grayson; and two step-great-grandchildren, Konnor and Kooper.

Eugenie’s family would like to express their gratitude to her caregivers, Barbara Tuthill, Karlene Chen, Kathy Coffey and Lisa Haycraft, and to Trustbridge Hospice Care. The family is planning a private memorial ceremony. Arrangements are handled by the Howard-Quattlebaum Funeral, Cremation and Event Center. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Special Olympics at:

Posted on March 31, 2022

Posted in The Palm Beach Post