Gwendolyn 'Gay' Himes Reynolds

Posted: Wednesday, April 07, 2004

Former Juneau resident Gwendolyn "Gay" Himes Reynolds, 88, died October 31, 2003, at Grays Harbor Community Hospital in Aberdeen, Wash.

She was born July 25, 1915, in Little Falls, Wash., to Raymond S. and Jeannie (Michael) Himes. Her family moved to Rupert, Idaho, where she grew up. She graduated from Albion College in Albion, Idaho, and attended graduate school at the University of Washington. She taught school for many years in both Idaho and Washington and was a speech therapist in Juneau for 17 years.

She was an avid seamstress, skilled in sewing clothing, quilting, crochet and other needlecrafts. She was a member of the Sea Gal Quilters. She also enjoyed gardening, oil painting, crafts of all kinds and reading. She was an active member in her church congregation in every place she lived. With her late husband, Robert, she traveled and camped throughout the United States.

Her family wrote, "She was known as an elegant woman with a delightful sense of humor and a strong connection to her family. She was an outstanding cook, who supplied recipes and cooking instructions for family and friends."

She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Robert F. Reynolds; stepdaughter, Ada Mae Williamson; brother, Max Pershing Himes; and sister, Verna Marie Himes.

She is survived by stepsons, David A. Reynolds of Chicago, Ill., and Robert B. Reynolds of Ocean Shores, Wash.; 12 step-grandchildren; 15 step-great-grandchildren; a step-great-great-grandchild; a nephew; three nieces; and thirty-six grandnieces and grandnephews.

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