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Joleen Reynolds

Joleen Pearson
Reynolds passed away February 15, 2014. She is survived by her two children, Forrest Towner Reynolds and wife Sarah, and Lieutenant Commander Robert Fisher Reynolds and wife Wendy; four grandchildren, River, Chase, Olivia and Christian; and numerous family and devoted friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents, William Robert Pearson and Georgia Stinson Pearson, sister-in-law, Jane Reynolds Lindsey, and brother-in-law, Frank Fisher Reynolds, Jr.
Born March 5, 1941 in Dallas, Texas, Joleen attended Sunset High School in Dallas, Texas Christian University, and The University of Texas at Austin (BA 1964). She was a member of Alpha Delta Pi sorority, where she met some of her closest lifelong friends.
Joleen was born with Tetralogy of Fallot, a congenital heart defect, also known as "blue baby" syndrome. She underwent a life-changing open-heart operation at age 10 performed by Dr. J. Warner Duckett at Children's Hospital in Dallas. An additional open-heart surgery was performed by Dr. Denton Cooley in Houston in 1966. Joleen viewed her heart defect as a blessing and believed it gave her a unique perspective and appreciation for a life she might not otherwise have had.
Joleen lived in Houston for over 40 years, where she raised her children, worked as a speech therapist, and was actively involved in many civic, charitable and political causes. Among her many accomplishments, Joleen was Founder and first President of the Magic Circle Republican Women's Club, whose founding membership includes Barbara Bush; Deputy President of the Texas Federation of Republican Women; Founder and President of CODES; President of Texans for Immigration Reform; and board memberships for the Adult Congenital Heart Association and American Cancer Society of Houston.
After retiring to Dallas, Joleen enjoyed living at Heritage Ranch, where she was Co-Founder and first President of the Republican Club at Heritage Ranch and a member of the Theater Guild. She was also a member of Golden Corridor Republican Women and Park Cities Republican Women. Joleen enjoyed numerous activities but her greatest pleasure was spending time with friends and family, especially her grandchildren.
The family would like to thank Dr. John Hughes for his tireless devotion to her care over the past year.
A Memorial Service will be held on Tuesday, February 25, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. in the Chapel at The Church of St. John the Divine, 2450 River Oaks Boulevard.
A reception will follow immediately afterwards.


Published in Houston Chronicle on Feb. 20, 2014
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