Wanda Lee Reynolds, 88, of Ada, Oklahoma, formerly of Siloam Springs, passed away Tuesday, October 13, 2020 at the Jan Frances Care Center in Ada.
Wanda was born on June 16, 1932 in Siloam Springs, the daughter of Rupert Bailey and Lela Pense Bailey. She was the widow of the late Fred Reynolds, whom she married on December 13, 1951, and who preceded her in death in 1990.
She is survived by two sons, Tommy Reynolds of Siloam Springs and Melvin Reynolds and wife Melanie of Ada, Oklahoma; one daughter, Donna Smith and husband John of Siloam Springs; a daughter-in-law, Jeannie Reynolds of Gentry, wife of Wanda’s late son, Merrill Reynolds; nine grandchildren, Katerina Reynolds, Jordan Reynolds, Dillon Smith, Ryan Smith, David Reynolds, Jamie Simmons, Joe McFarland, Randy McFarland and Chris McFarland; and several great grandchildren, as well. Her most recent great grandson was one-year-old Greyson Smith, whose pictures, videos, and visits were an added source of joy during her final year. Other loved ones include several precious nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Wanda was a graduate of the Siloam Springs High School Class of 1950 and was a salutatorian of her class. She also attended John Brown University. Wanda played high school basketball, and several of her children and grandchildren later carried on the tradition by participating in high school or college sports.
Wanda had an incredible work ethic and worked for various companies in the areas of food processing, garment manufacturing and food service. Along with her husband, Fred, she owned and operated a dairy farm in the beautiful countryside east of Siloam Springs.
As a young child Wanda accepted Jesus Christ as her savior, and throughout her life was affiliated most often with Assembly of God congregations in the places where she lived. Her faith in Christ guided her daily actions, most notably in her love for her family and the kindness she showed to everyone.
Services are entrusted to the Backstrom-Pyeatte Funeral Home of Siloam Springs; mask and social distancing procedures will be strictly followed. Visitation will be held at Backstrom -Pyeatte, Siloam Springs at 12:30 p.m.-1:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 18, 2020. A graveside service following visitation will be held at the Fairmount Cemetery near Gentry on Sunday, October 18, 2020 at 1:30 p.m. To sign the online guestbook please go to www.backstrom-pyeatte.com.
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