Virginia Strickland Eubanks Reed, also known as Queen Mother, passed away gently in her Carrboro, N.C., home on Saturday morning, February 13, 2016. She was 94. Her children G. Ray Eubanks and Georgann Eubanks and her grand-dog Nebo were at her side. Virginia was preceded in death by her first husband, George Ray Eubanks, and her second husband Ralph Collins Reed, both from Atlanta, GA. She also leaves behind three beloved stepchildren and their spouses, Ralph C. and JoEllen Reed, Mike and Betsy Reed, and Susan (Reed) and Mike Dempsey, and three very tall grandsons Chris, Danny, and Mark Dempsey. Her brilliant great grandchildren are Isla, Caleb, and Graham Dempsey. As Queen Mother, Virginia also enjoyed the extended and extensive family of her “pretend daughter” Donna Campbell, who made her breakfast every morning. Among the QM’s most loyal subjects are Donna’s nieces and nephews--Juntra, Sara Beth, Melissa and Ryan Campbell, and Salem, Walker, Maddox, and Myers Morrow. The Queen was a gifted artist and began her craft career with hand-painted ceramics. She later created miniature flowers from sea shells and zinnas from pine cones and decorated duck decoys with spruce cone “feathers.” She is best known, however, for her moose drop and “road kill” porcupine quill earrings, which are worn far and wide by many storytellers and artists. She will also be remembered for her banana bread, exceptional brownies, crisp fried okra, and cranberry relish. Relishing life was her greatest gift to all who served the Queen. A celebration of Virginia’s life will be held on her birth date, July 8, 2016, in Roswell, Georgia. Memorial gifts are requested for the fine caregivers at Duke HomeCare and Hospice, Office of Development, 4321 Medical Park Drive, Suite 101, Durham, NC 27704.