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In Memoriam: The Rev. Mary Lou Reynolds

The Rev. Mary Lou Reynolds

The Rev. Mary Lou Reynolds

Mother Mary Lou Reynolds was born in Torrington, WY 5/4/1936. Passed away on Sunday, 10/18/2015. She earned a BA from University of Wyoming in 1957, Masters of Education from University of Wyoming in 1966. She had a career in education in Wyoming that included being a principal (see below). Later, she received her Masters of Divinity from Episcopal Theological Seminary of the South West in 1995. She was ordained a deacon on 6/22, 1995 by Bishop Gordon Jones. She was ordained into the priesthood by The Rt. Rev. James Krotz on December 1st. 1995.  After her ordination she served at St. George’s, Oshkosh and St. Paul’s, Ogallala until 2008.

 

From the North Platte Telegraph: (http://www.nptelegraph.com/obituaries/the-rev-mary-lou-reynolds/article_1bd8c5d2-7ac6-11e5-8f64-339f8b4d1b55.html )

 

The Rev. Mary Lou Reynolds, 79, passed peacefully Oct. 19, 2015, in Denver, following a brief illness.

Mary Lou was born on May 4, 1936, in Torrington, Wyoming, to John K. “Jack” and Clarissa Corbett. Both of her parents were educators and instilled in Mary Lou a lifelong passion for learning and teaching. With her parents and older siblings, John and Regina, Mary Lou lived in Guernsey, Lingle and Powell before the family settled in Laramie in 1945. She graduated from Laramie High School in 1952. Mary Lou earned a degree in elementary education from the University of Wyoming in 1957.

She married photographer George Reynolds in 1955. Six years later, while living in Green River, Wyoming, she and George adopted a daughter, Dianna. In 1962, following her divorce, Mary Lou moved with Dianna to Casper, where she raised her daughter and taught elementary school, primarily at Southridge Elementary.

Determined to make the most of her talents as an educator, Mary Lou earned a master’s degree in education in 1967 at the University of Wyoming. She served as principal of Jefferson Elementary for many years and was a respected and admired member of the education community in Casper. Her family grew, too; Dianna married Paul Fritzler in 1986, and soon Mary Lou was blessed with grandchildren, Haley and Carsyn, of whom she was unfailingly proud.

While a principal, Mary Lou came to the realization that she was meant for other work. She was led to follow her truest passion: To be a messenger and teacher of God’s word as an Episcopal priest. Mary Lou entered the Seminary of the Southwest in Austin, Texas, graduating in 1995. She served as priest for the Oregon Trail Trinity, a cluster of three churches in southwestern Nebraska. The parishioners at the churches Mary Lou served, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Ogallala, St. George’s Episcopal Church in Oshkosh and the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd in Bridgeport, all benefited from her extreme devotion, sharp intellect, open heart and quick wit until her retirement in 2011.

While working as a priest in Ogallala, Mary Lou again embraced motherhood, becoming a foster parent to 15-year-old Angela. Later, Angela married Christopher Broeder, and the couple cared for Mary Lou after her retirement as her health became more fragile. Mary Lou could not have been more delighted when Chris and Angie added little Kaylie to their family in early 2015.

Mary Lou had many dear friends and was a member of the Eastern Star and PEO. She also loved animals and treated a long succession of very lucky dogs with much the same love and devotion all her family members received.

The Rev. Mary Lou was preceded in death by her parents, Jack and Clarissa Corbett; brother, John J. Corbett; and sister, Regina Armstrong.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Dianna (Paul) Fritzler, of Denver; granddaughters, Haley and Carsyn Fritzler; Angela (Christopher) Broeder, of Ogallala, and their daughter, Kaylie; and many nieces, nephews and extended family. All will miss her dearly.

Memorials are suggested to Episcopal Relief and Development at espiscopalrelief.org.

Services will be in the spring, when her loved ones will see Mary Lou’s contagious smile in the blooming flowers.

Submitted by Kathy Graham

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