Mount Vernon News

Mount Vernon News
April 14, 2014 11:05 am EDT


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VENTURA, Calif. — Betty Spears Reynolds, 81, died Tuesday, April 1, 2014, in Ventura, Calif. She was born Sept. 9, 1932, in Bowie, Texas, to Joe A. and Ethel Spears.

After graduating from Chillicothe Business College in Missouri in 1951, Betty moved to Midland, Texas, where she began work as a secretary for Phillips Oil Co. After meeting on a blind date, she married Don William Reynolds on Sept. 4, 1953. Don’s position as a geologist at Union Oil Co. took them from Midland, Texas, to Anchorage, Alaska, then Bakersfield, Calif., to Ventura, Calif., and to Oklahoma City before finally returning to Ventura. Betty and Don maintained their residency in Texas during all of this relocation.

Betty always used her mathematical and accounting skills to help others. She helped her son, Bill with his software consulting business; the Reynolds brothers with their Ohio farm operations; and worked as a seasonal H&R Block tax preparer. Betty and Don were active in the community, socializing and playing tennis. They spearheaded the creation of the tennis program at Park Stockdale in Bakersfield. Betty and Don were active members at both the Cabrillo and Pierpont Racquet Clubs in Ventura. Betty also enjoyed teaching piano and traveling to the Reynolds Family Farm in Centerburg, Ohio.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents, Joe A. and Ethel Bail Spears and son, Richard (Dick) Reynolds. She is survived by her loving husband, Don; son, Bill Reynolds and his wife, Stephanie; daughter, Brenda Nascimento and her husband, Randy; granddaughters, Cassidy and Elyssa; sister, Kay Daniels and husband, Lee; and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will take place Saturday, April 26, in Centerburg. Flowers may be sent to Johnson Melick Moreland Funeral Home, 49 Church St., Centerburg, OH 43011; 740-625-6038. A celebration of life honoring Betty will be held in March 2015 during the annual Texas family reunion and Oyster fest in Fulton, Texas. An open house for family and friends was held Saturday, April 5.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Ted Mayr Funeral Home, 3150 Loma Vista Road, Ventura. Condolences may be left at

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