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Barbara Kay (Main) Reynolds was born December 24, 1934 to Elma E. (Stephens) Main and Weldon C. Main in Mount Ayr, Iowa. She graduated from Mount Ayr High School in 1952.
After graduation Barb was united in marriage to Richard Lee Reynolds on July 20, 1952 at the First Christian Church in Mount Ayr, Iowa. Barb and Dick welcomed five children into their family, Andrew Lee, Brenda Kay, Daniel Alan, Shelly Rae and Lori Ann. At 44 years of age, Barb sought a new career and attended nursing school at Southwestern Community College in Creston in 1978. During that time, she also worked as a waitress at Ruth’s Café and as a CNA for Clearview Home in Mount Ayr, holding down three shifts and claiming straight A’s for her academic achievement.
After finishing school, Barb worked as an LPN At Ringgold County Hospital before moving to Casper Wyoming where she worked for Casper Medical Center, Casper, Wyoming for 9 years in the nursery department. Barb returned to Mount Ayr and RCH to complete her career, retiring at the age of 75 years old. Barb loved nursing from the tiny infants, who left the hospital sporting lovingly crocheted baby caps to the elderly who she gave patience and compassion. Barb made sure she gave each patient her attentive care, kind and soft mannerism and she genuinely loved that she could see new miracles into the world and provide comfort and help with healing for her all her patients. She was a busy nurse, never leaving a job undone and she was a busy wife, mom and grandma in the life she was most passionate about, her family.
Gbarb as she came to be known, had too many who claimed her as theirs to name, but she was happy to serve in that the role to any who came through her door. She was a huge Raider fan in all sports, following and supporting her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren in Mount Ayr Community School sports. As a big Raider fan, Gbarb came to love many of the players as her own grandchildren, sure to take time to give a pat on the back, a hug or a high five.
Barb was a talented crafter, crocheting, knitting, sewing, building and creating beautiful gardens of both flowers and produce. She had set a goal to plant one last garden this Spring and was looking forward to canning the fresh vegetables for her family and friends. Giving…would describe this lady completely. She gave of her time, her energy, her talents, her money but most of all, she gave of her heart to everyone she met. Gbarb memories will live on forever.
Barb was preceded in death by her parents; brother John William Main; sister Patricia Ann Prentis; daughter Lori Ann; son Daniel Alan Reynolds; grandson Nicholas Daniel Grose; son-in-law William James Golay.
Left to cherish her memory are her children, Andy (Shelby) Reynolds of Winterset, Brenda Grose of Mount Ayr and Shelly Golay of Casper, Wyoming; daughter-in-law, Kathy Reynolds, Kellerton, brother-in-law Ray Prentis of Houston, Texas; grandchildren Niccole (Travis) Swank, Ryan (Angela Reynolds), Christopher (Jessi) Grose, Randi (Jaren) Ricker, Ashley (Austen) Wisroth, Joshua Reynolds, Colton (Kayla) Golay, Mitchell (Erica) Grose, Michelle (Adam) Ward, Russell Reynolds, Jordyn (Dylan) Wisroth, step-grandchildren, Heather Brammer, Crystal Eakes and Chance Newton; great-grandchildren Adalyn, Ryce and Emma Reynolds, Evelyn, William and Hudson Ricker, Brayden, Dawson, Trenton and Keaton Swank, Isaac and Jace Grose, Boston Grose, Haiden, Zach, Christian and Riley Ward, Huxen and Emryn Wisroth and Isaac and Easton Golay; step great-grandchildren, Kinzee, Tyson ,Brooklynn, Taylor and Caleb; extended family and friends.
I was blessed to know Barb through my classmate, her son, Dan. The Reynolds home was opened to us after school and on many a Saturday night. Several of Dan's classmates would gather and watch Saturday Night Live and listen to Elvis records. It was on those occasions that I got the chance to visit with Barb and get to know her. She was such a great mom and always welcomed us and was interested in what we were doing. The Reynolds family created many great memories for me growing up as a teenager and I will miss her. Susie James Catanzareti - Class of 1978
Susie Catanzareti Jan 10 2019 12:00 AM
A candle was lit in memory of Barbara Reynolds
Pam lage Jan 10 2019 12:00 AM
My most sincere condolences to Barb's family, I had the privilege to have worked with Barb prior to her retirement, she was a great nurse and a wonderful person to work with, I remember that she used to share her popcorn with all of us working nights, she would pop a bag in the microwave and serve each of us a cup. I will always cherish those moments and her advice to me as a new nurse. Gone but not forgotten.
"I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:
Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing" 2 Tim 4:7-8 kjv
Eric Jan 9 2019 12:00 AM
We will miss Barb's smile and presence at family and Church events. She was a wonderful lady! We share your sorrow and will be holding you close in our thoughts and prayers.
Bruce and Michell Ricker Jan 9 2019 12:00 AM
I have so many fond memories of Barb and the Reynolds family as Dan and I were best friends all through school. Barb was always the mom that would give us rides to the golf course, cub scouts, swimming pool and all the other places we need to go before we got our driving license. Every time I would see Barb from the time I was I child, through seeing her in the last few months, she had a way of making me feel special! My wife and I will be praying for the Barb Reynolds family during this difficult time. God Bless.
Joe Drake Jan 9 2019 12:00 AM
I met Barb when I went to work at RCH as the evening ward clerk. I was a green horn--not very knowledgeable about medical terms and how things were handled. She was always kind & patient with me when some were not. She was a very good nurse--picking up on some things that had been overlooked. She was loyal & diligent. She always had a smile on her face, her makeup on and ready to go when her shift began. She was little but mighty!! Her patients and their care came first. She was a blessing in my life. May she rest in peace.
Sharon Hubbard Jan 9 2019 12:00 AM
A Mauve Memories was sent on January 8, 2019
Our dearest Aunt and Sister-in-law, remembered fondly and deeply appreciated for all she meant to us through the years. With warm and caring thoughts, Julie and Steve Watts family, Tim and Merry Prentis, and Ray Prentis.
Expression of Sympathy Jan 8 2019 12:00 AM
Brenda and family, when I was 10 years old, Barb became my big sister. I loved her curling my hair and being my friend. She was so much fun and loved to laugh. I'm so sorry for your loss, but knowing your mom, she's caring for all the babe's in heaven and praising the lord for her good life and family. I will remember her and all of you in my prayers. Aunt carolyn
Carolyn shump Jan 8 2019 12:00 AM