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Sylvia Reynolds Obituary
Sylvia E. Reynolds passed away peacefully on Friday, February 3, 2017 at the age of 97. Sadly, she did not reach her goal of 105. Her family was convinced this would happen, so consider it an untimely passing. Sylvia Ellen was born to Veda (Cabel) and William A. Schafer on Mother's Day, May 12, 1919 in Beaver Falls, PA. She grew up in Alexandria, VA and married CWO Charles O Nesbit, Jr Army Corps of Engineers on December 7, 1938. They lived in Fort Belvoir, VA until 1951. Sylvia and Charlie had three children, Brenda Ruth in 1940, Diana Lee in 1941 and (Chuck) Charles O Nesbit III in 1943. He served in WWII and Korea and died August 4, 1954. Sylvia married USAF Capt. Clinton D. Reynolds (Bill) in Denver, CO in October 1955. They, with Sylvia's three children moved to Greeley, CO where he was assigned as an instructor of Air Force ROTC at Colorado State College of Education now UNC. Sylvia was always quick to say, she not only found a great husband who she loved dearly but a bachelor who married a woman with three children (two of them teenage girls) was also a very special man. In 1958 he was reassigned to Johnson AFB in Japan. They enjoyed their reassignment living in Charleston AFB, SC before being sent to Prestwick AFB in Scotland. Sylvia loved Scotland and her time there. They lived in the gatehouse of one of the local Lairds and she enjoyed sharing stories of her experiences during those years. They came back to the states in 1966 and Bill retired as a Lt. Colonel. They tried retirement in Florida, and Sylvia did not care for the age demographic or the weather so she was happy when Bill accepted a job working for Sam Gates (Estes Park resident for many years) in La Crosse, WI administering the VA Benefit Program Information office at the University of Wisconsin @ La Crosse. He and Sam and Sylvia and Kitty enjoyed resuming the social life they had enjoyed years before in Greeley. They decided to try retirement again and warmer weather and bought a home on Lake Catherine in Hot Springs, AR. Sylvia loved Arkansas and returned to college where she finished her degree in English. She loved to write and wrote numerous articles about her life as a military wife and a novel set in Scotland. She watched Bill Clinton's early political career and often wrote to him to let him know how he could improve America. She actively wrote to all politicians to let them know how she felt and what they needed to be doing for the nation. She and Bill moved to Denver in 1994 to be closer to family. Bill passed away in 2002 and she became an early resident of Good Samaritan Estes Park Village in 2003, where she lived until her death. She loved the caregivers, kitchen staff, Randy, Brooks, Julie and Carey. In her last months, the loving kindness of so many people at Good Sam, Hospice of the Estes Valley and Home Instead gave immense comfort to her and her family. We also appreciated the care of the nurses and staff at Estes Park Medical Center. She loved Dr. Dumont and thought he was her personal physician. Sylvia was preceded in death by her parents and 4 siblings (William H. and Bernard E. Schafer, Katherine Double and Sarah Schafer). Her son Charles O. Nesbit III died in a climbing accident on Long's Peak in 1979, daughter Diana Lee Hartzell died in 1994, grandson US Army S/Sgt Ian Nesbit in 2000. She is survived by her daughter, Brenda Woodard of Estes Park and son Bill Schafer of Darien, WI. Her grandchildren: Scott Woodard MD (Harriette) of Glen Haven, Susan Silvestri of Glen Haven, CO Curtis Woodard (Katie) of Greenwood Village CO., Wm, Brad, Brian Schafer of Darien, WI and James Nesbit of Denver, CO. Great Grandchildren: Jake Woodard (Lindsie) Berthoud, CO, Cole and Spencer Woodard of Glen Haven, Joseph and Tessa Woodard of Greenwood Village, CO, Savannah Nesbit, Broomfield, CO and Joshua Nesbit, Arvada, CO. Great granddaughter Payton Woodard, Berthoud, CO. Sister, Lois Martell (Lou) Denver, CO. and numerous nephews, nieces. A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday February 18th from 3-5 p.m. at Good Samaritan Senior Apts Dining Room. See www.allnutt.com to send a message to Sylvia's family. In lieu of flowers please donate to the Good Samaritan Staff Christmas Fund c/o EPGSV Country Store, 1901 Ptarmigan Trail, Estes Park CO 80517.
Published in Estes Park Trail-Gazette on Feb. 10, 2017
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