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Reba Magalene Openshaw

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Reba Magalene Openshaw Obituary
Openshaw, Reba Magalene 04/17/1926 ~ 08/04/2014 OCEANSIDE -- Reba Magalene Henry was born on April 17, 1926 on a farm in Manchester, Tennessee, the third of eight children. She went home to be with the Lord on Monday, August 4, at 10:30 p.m. She was 88. Her family moved to Fresno, CA where she met a young Army Air Corps serviceman named Howard Openshaw from Weymouth, MA. They fell in love and were married for 62 years until Howard's death in 2007. They had three children together: Gail (deceased), Debra (of Kennesaw, GA), and Michael (of Oceanside, CA). A true southern lady, she enjoyed living for 43 years in the eastern suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia, then for over 20 years in Oceanside, CA. Reba was a homemaker devoted to her family, including her three children, five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren, who all loved her dearly. She loved reading and gardening and was an active member and volunteer at Lighthouse Christian Church in Oceanside for over 20 years, where her son Michael is the senior pastor. She will be remembered for her gentle kindness, her dedicated faith and service, her strong love of her family and country, and her wonderful sense of humor. She is survived by her brother, Claude Henry (of Clovis, California); her daughter, Debra (and Lewis Saffold); and son, Michael (and Andrea Openshaw); her five grandchildren: Jennifer, Christie, Holly, Laura, and David; six great- grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Reba's Celebration of Life service will be held at Lighthouse Christian Church, 4700 Mesa Drive, Oceanside, CA on Saturday, August 16, at 11:00 a.m. Her cremated remains will be inurned at Eternal Hills Memorial Park in Oceanside, California. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be sent in her memory to her church.
Published in The San Diego Union Tribune on Aug. 10, 2014
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