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Doris Mae Reynolds

November 3, 1923 November 24, 2021
Doris  Mae Reynolds
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Doris Mae Reynolds died peacefully at home on Wednesday, November 24, 2021 at approximately 8:30 PM. She had just turned 98. She was the loving mother of 4, devoted grandmother of 9, cherished great-grandmother of 19 and proud great-great-grandmother of 1 with another on the way. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Wayne.

Doris was born November 3, 1923 to Edith and Lloyd Fenstermacher in their home at 312 Pilgrim in Highland Park, Michigan. Even at the time of delivery, she was anxious to come into the world as she could not wait for the doctor to arrive and was delivered by a neighbor… Mrs. Smith. She had a brother, Charles who was 2 years older and a sister Mary who was 4 years older. She grew up in Highland Park going to Ford Elementary and then on to Highland Park High School graduating in 1942. At 16 she was introduced to her future husband, Wayne who was 19. In May 1943 they were married. Shortly after, Wayne went into the Army and fought in World War II. Doris went on to work at Ex Cello in the Engineering department located in Highland Park. In April 1946, Wayne returned home and they purchased a house on the West side of Detroit near Lahser and 7 Mile Road where they raised their 4 children, Bonnie, Duane, Debbie and Barry. Early on they joined with other neighbors and started a church called Kenwood Bible Church in McKenny Elementary School located in Detroit. Doris would soon realize a need for outreach and would introduce a program that she had heard about known as Pioneer Girls in the neighborhood. Starting with 26 girls and one boy (Duane) meeting in their basement for the first 3 years where they did arts and crafts and had Bible lessons. She would actually drive an old vehicle known as a Jitney Bus with a manual shift on the floor that was very temperamental. The last thing you wanted to do was to have to stop on an incline. Doris worked in all phases of Pioneer girls. It would be the beginning of service that would carry on through future generations. She, along with our Father also taught Sunday School. After a few years at Kenwood Bible Church they started attending Covenant Community Church in Redford where they became members for 30 plus years. Both had several jobs in the church. She would tell you that she did everything in the Church but preach but would do that at home. She served as the Church Hostess for 5 years and wrote the Sunday School News Letter. She worked in the cafeteria at Emerson Junior High School in Detroit for 7 years. She would later take a job at Payco America in Southfield where she worked for 16 years.

In 1989, Wayne passed away at the age of 68. Doris was 65 when she decided to go back to work at Payco and later retired at age 73 as a supervisor. She became a member of Detroit First Church of the Nazarene where she and Wayne had been attending. They continued to work in the church and on several projects around the house. She loved to travel and would often go with Barry whenever he had to go out of town for work. Shortly after the start of Oak Pointe Church in Northville, she started attending and would later encourage other family members and friends to join her. Early on, she started volunteering at the church office stuffing bulletins. At that time there was only her and 1 other person. She would go on to recruit several others who have become her good friends. In addition to being on the bulletin team, she enjoyed helping her granddaughter Christi in Adventureland.

Even at 98, Doris (Mom, Grandma) would go to bed each night anxious and excited for the next day. She usually had some aches and pains and joked that she can’t see, she can’t walk and she can’t talk but other than that she was doing fine. Her mind was still sharp as a tack and could tell you the birthdates and anniversaries of each of her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She would often remind Barry of an upcoming birthday or anniversary that he may have missed even though he could read the calendar. Her favorite verse was Philippians 4:13… ‘I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me’, and boy did she! When it comes time to start a prayer chain she was faster than the World Wide Web. She loved God, she loved life, she loved her family, playing Rummikub, with her caregivers, being with and watching people, McDonalds-Vanilla Lattes, traveling, eating out and of course, dessert even though she was a diabetic.

Loving mother of Bonnie (Dave) Thurmond, Duane (Janice), Debbie (Ken) Baier and Barry. Devoted grandmother of nine, Cherished great-grandmother of 19 and proud great-great grandmother of one. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Gordon “Wayne” Reynolds.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, December 2, 2021 from 3:00-7:00pm at Lynch & Sons Funeral Home 404 E. Liberty St., Milford 48381.

A funeral service will be held on Friday, December 3, 2021 at 11:00am at the funeral home. Visitation begins at the funeral home at 10:00am on Friday.

Burial will be held privately at Glen Eden Memorial Park in Livonia, Michigan, next to her beloved Wayne.

Previous Events

Visitation

Thursday

2

Dec

3:00 PM 12/2/2021 3:00:00 PM - 7:00 PM 12/2/2021 7:00:00 PM
Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors - Milford

404 E. Liberty Street
Milford, MI 48381

Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors - Milford
404 E. Liberty Street Milford 48381 MI
United States

Service

Friday

3

Dec

11:00 AM 12/3/2021 11:00:00 AM
Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors - Milford

404 E. Liberty Street
Milford, MI 48381

Visitation begins on Sunday at 10:00am

Lynch & Sons Funeral Directors - Milford
404 E. Liberty Street Milford 48381 MI
United States
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