Dolores Meurer Reed was born in St. Louis, Missouri, in 1918. After graduating from high school, she worked as a model and dance instructor. She used the money she earned to pay for flight lessons.
In 1943, Reed enlisted in the WASP and reported to Avenger Field in Sweetwater, Texas, for flight training. She graduated in February of 1944 and was sent to Moore Field in Mission, Texas, to work as a tow target pilot. In August 1944 she was assigned to Kingman, Arizona, for B-26 training, but transferred instead to San Marcos, Texas, to be close to her fiance. There, she served as an administrative pilot until the WASP was disbanded in December 1944.
Reed married Bob Reed, her former squadron commander, in January 1945. The couple moved to Austin, Texas, and had three children. When her children were grown, Reed resumed flying in competitive air racing, and piloted hot air balloons, blimps, and hang gliders, in addition to her private plane.