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Mary Louise Fleming Reynolds

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Mary Louise Fleming Reynolds Obituary
Pacific Grove

Mary Louise Fleming Reynolds

Mary Louise Fleming Reynolds, born Aug. 1, 1926, in Pacific Grove, died unexpectedly at Community Hospital on June 3, 2014, of a brief illness. She was 87.

Mary attended Pacific Grove elementary schools. When she was in the third grade, her family moved to Carmel, and she attended Sunset School. After several years, the family moved to Carmel Valley. They lived in the little brick house now known as Will's Fargo Restaurant, which was then off a dirt road. Mary attended Monterey High School, taking the bus to school every day and graduating with the class of 1944. After graduating from MHS, she attended Salinas Junior College (now Hartnell College), where she obtained an AA degree.

Mary was a good student and was very popular and had many friends. She loved art, always carrying a sketch pad for drawings and designing clothing. The family home in Carmel Valley was a popular gathering place, as Mary's parents, Archie and Jessie Fleming, always welcomed the Valley kids into their home for meals and parties.

In 1946, Mary met Judd Morris Bradley on the beach in Pismo Beach while visiting one of her high school girlfriends. They fell in love and were married in Monterey shortly before he shipped out to Okinawa. When he returned from the war, they settled in Los Angeles. After a number of years there, Mary and her three children, Carol, Charlie, and Richard, moved back to Carmel Valley to be near her parents. She worked part-time at Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital for several years before working as a bookkeeper for City Hall Garage in Pacific Grove, located across the street from City Hall.

Mary's second marriage in 1964 was to local realtor John Harrison Reynolds. John was well-known by all in town for his friendly smile and quick wit. He loved to stand in front of his real estate office (where Juice and Java is now) and visit with passersby. John had a kind heart and did not shy away from a pretty woman with three children. Mary then had her fourth child, Rosemary, in 1965.

In the late 1960s, Mary and John and a number of Pacific Grove locals had a vision and built Los Pinos facility on Congress Avenue for the mentally challenged. Today the facility is called Gateway Center.

Mary came from a family of Masons, Scottish Rite and Eastern Star members. She joined Pacific Grove's Ocean Spray Chapter (which is now Reveille) of the Order of the Eastern Star in Dec. 1967, and became Worthy Matron in 1973. She remained a life-long member.

In the mid-1970s, Mary became involved with Herman Adrian Spruit in the Catholic Apostolic Church of Antioch--Malabar Rite (an independent Catholic movement). She ran the Sophia Divinity School and was the church's Matriarch for nearly 20 years. She was a talented seamstress and designed and handmade the church's vestments. She retired in 2006 from her church duties and was honored with the title Matriarch Emeritus. She loved the people and the devotion to worship. In her duties as Matriarch, she traveled the world to India, New Zealand, Australia, and other countries, as well as many trips to Hawaii and throughout the United States. She was known as Meri Louise Reynolds-Spruit.

Mary also lived in the San Jose area for a number of years and was employed as the Executive Secretary to the Mountain View Board of Realtors from the mid-1970s, retiring from that position in 1995. When she moved back to the Monterey Peninsula in 1997, Mary renewed her membership in the Pacific Grove First United Methodist Church, where she attended as a child and where she remained an active member until her death.

Mary loved music and to sing and dance and be with people. She often went to music concerts and big band dances with her daughter, Carol, when the famous old bands would come through town. She loved picnics in the park and long walks in the beautiful outdoors with her Border Collie, Liz. She enjoyed attending her class reunions and seeing her former classmates. She was a devoted volunteer and loved Pacific Grove's Feast of Lanterns, where she assisted her daughter, Carol, each year. She loved angels and had quite a collection, all shapes and sizes. Her beautiful smile and gentle, caring nature will long be remembered by all who knew her, for she was truly an angel in her own right.

Mary leaves her brother, Richard R. (Betty) Fleming of Salinas; her daughters, Carol Bradley Lauderdale of Marina and Rosemary A. Reynolds of Berkeley; her sons, Charles J. Bradley of Corning and Richard A. (Susanne) Bradley of Carmel Valley; her grandchildren, Jason A. (Gretchen) Bradley of Tacoma, Jennifer M. Bradley of Chester, Jessie R. Bradley of Corning, and Coty Burnett of Salinas; and her great-grandchildren, Mia Burnett of Salinas and Boaz A. Bradley and Eleanor G. Bradley of Tacoma. She also leaves her cousins, Marjorie Shafer Burton of Seal Beach, Shirley Ann Watson-Amos of Seaside, Charles (Lucia) Watson of Pacific Grove, and Jack Burnam of Monterey.

Friends and relatives are invited to attend a Memorial service on Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014, at 2 p.m., at the Pacific Grove First United Methodist Church, 915 Sunset Drive, Pacific Grove, CA 93950 and a Catholic mass on Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014 at 2 p.m., at The Church of the Wayfarer, corner of Lincoln and 7th, Carmel, CA 93921.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to either Animal Friends Rescue Project, P. O. Box 51083, Pacific Grove, CA 93950 or to the SPCA for Monterey County, P. O. Box 3058, Monterey, CA 93942.

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Published in The Salinas Californian on July 26, 2014
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