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  Mount Ayr Record-News
Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa
Thursday, December 18, 1986

OBITUARY ~ LELA ELVESSA MAUD MAIN REYNOLDS

Lela Elvessa Maud MAIN REYNOLDS was born March 13, 1906 to Ralph MAIN and Mary Ellen CROUCH MAIN of Redding, Iowa. She passed away December 6, 1986 at the Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines, Iowa, after a lingering illness.

On December 2, 1925, Lela was united in marriage to Lloyd F. REYNOLDS. She was preceded in death by her husband, who passed away January 31, 1979; her parents; three sisters, Hazel, Vera and Vada; and one brother, Raymond.

Lela is survived by one son, Lloyd Max REYNOLDS of Des Moines; one daughter, Roberta FROST of Beaconsfield; one sister, Thelma NAVRATIL of Plymouth, Iowa; and one brother, Clifford MAIN of Myssa, Oregon; seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

Lela lived her entire life in Ringgold County. As a girl she helped her father set type and put out the newspaper in Redding. Her early married life was lived in or near Redding where she and Lloyd farmed, and she was an active member of the Middle Fork United Methodist Church.

About twenty-five years ago they moved to Tingley where Lela was active in the BY Club and community activities. She was a member of the Tingley United Methodist Church and took care of the membership roll for the church for many years. She was a faithful worker in the United Methodist Women, serving in all the offices of that organization.

For many years Lela faithfully reported the news from Tingley for the Mount Ayr Record-News until her illness made it necessary to give up the job.

She was also involved in and enjoyed the activities at the Tingley congregate mealsite, including the Friday Singers and the Tingley Kitchen Band.

Lela always loved her home activities - sewing, crocheting, knitting and piecing quilts. She always had a garden and loved to grow flowers. We will remember Lela as a care-taker -- for the great care she took for her family and friends, for Lloyd in his illness, and for her mother. Lela had many friends because she was a friend to so many.

Lela was a loving wife and mother and grandmother, a hard worker all her life, graced with good sense and good humor, loyal in her friendships and, certainly, steadfast and courageous in adversity. She was a faithful Christian who loved the Lord and served Him faithfully, always giving of herself. Lela will be missed very much by all who knew her and lovingly remembered.

Funeral services were held December 9, 1986 from the Wilson-Watson Funeral Home at Mount Ayr, Iowa, conducted by Rev. Jack KENDALL and Rev. Doris HANSON. Music was proved by Mrs. Francis SMITH, Gary WURSTER and John ALLEN.

Casketbearers were David ALLEN, Gerald HAILEY, Clare JOHNSON, QUentin ABARR, Keith LININGER and Wayne OVERHOLTZER. Burial was in Rose Hill Cemetery at Mount Ayr, Iowa.

Submission by Friends of Old Redding

Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, July of 2011

To submit your Ringgold County obituaries, contact Sharon R. Becker at
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Please include the word "Ringgold" in the subject line. Thank you.

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