NORMA JEAN (PARLIN) REYNOLDS

Posted Nov. 23, 2008, at 7:45 p.m.

MACHIAS – Norma J. (Parlin) Reynolds, 82, passed away Nov. 21, 2008, at a Machias hospital. She was born Feb. 4, 1926, in Machias, the daughter of Ellis H. Parlin and Anna E. (Brown) Parlin. Norma was a graduate of Machias High School, Washington State Normal School and Gorham State Normal School. She was a member of Centre Street Congregational Church, Hannah Weston Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution, and many area garden clubs, historical societies and genealogical societies. She spent many hours playing the piano in her home and in nursing homes in the area for the enjoyment of the residents. She loved tending her gardens at her home and at the family camps at the lake. Norma was the loving wife of Frederic Reynolds for 52 years and was the devoted mother of four sons. She spent many years working with her parents, her sister and other family members in the family business, Parlin Gardens, Court Street, Machias. Norma’s favorite place was Bog Lake, Northfield, where she spent almost every summer during her long life, surrounded by family and friends. She would move the family to the lake on the last day of school each summer and stay until Labor Day each fall. She was happiest paddling the lake in her canoe, listening to and photographing the loons that made their home there year after year. She enjoyed watching many, many generations of young people enjoying the lake as she did each summer. She is survived by two sons, Donald E. Reynolds and his wife, Lisa, of Machias and Alan D. Reynolds and his wife, Laura, of Vassalboro; daughter-in-law, Rhonda Reynolds of Machias; four grandchildren, Michelle Ahuja and husband, Anoop, of Houston, Katherine and Allison Reynolds of Vassalboro and Scott Reynolds of Machias; sisters, Barbara P. Sawyer of Machias and Patricia A. Parlin of Zephyrhills, Fla.; niece, Ann M. Sawyer of Dedham; sisters-in-law, Abby Getchell of Marshfield, Faye Reynolds of Machias and Rebecca Reynolds of East Machias; many other nieces, nephews and cousins. She was predeceased by her parents; by her husband, Frederic A. Reynolds in 2005; and by two sons, Thomas F. Reynolds in 2003 and Steven D. Reynolds in 1998. Visiting hours will take place 6-7:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 24, at Bragdon-Kelley Funeral Home, Machias, where a funeral service will be held 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 25. Those who wish may make contributions in Norma’s memory to Machias Food Pantry at Centre Street Congregational Church, Center Street, Machias, ME 04654. www.bragdonkelley.com

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