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08/23/20 - NNHS Newsletter - Ann Gay Reynolds

Ann Lee Gay Reynolds
(d. 01 Aug 2020)

Newport News High School Class of 1953

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,  
   The sad news continues today.
  Ann Gay Reynolds, Class of 1953, sister of James Gay and Sallie Gay Greene ('62) of VA, and sister-in-law of the late Billy Greene, Class of 1961, passed away in Hampton on Thursday, August 01, 2020. 

From the Daily Press - 08/23/20:

                     Ann Gay Reynolds

HAMPTON - Ann Reynolds of Hampton, VA, daughter of the late Virginia Meehan and Norfleet "Jack" Stancel Gay, passed away August 1, 2020, surrounded by her loving family.

Her childhood was spent on West Avenue in Newport News, very actively involved from a young girl to teenager in planning 4th of July Parades and Halloween parties for the entire neighborhood.

Ann Lee, a proud Typhoon, graduated from Newport News High School in 1953 then attended Longwood College for two years.

She married James "Bill" William Reynolds, a graduate from the Shipyard Apprentice School. They settled in Hampton, where they raised four children together, sharing with them their love of history and nature while traveling across the country and abroad.



Family was everything, and certainly the ultimate was being blessed with grandchildren - their happiest times were visiting with them to share birthdays and holidays.

Another great passion since her childhood was teaching, she used to offer classes to her siblings and local kids on her family's wrap around porch. Ann received degrees in Education from Old Dominion University. For 20+ years she taught hundreds of Hampton School children, who received her uncommon attention and encouragement.

Ann was a docent at Mariner's Museum, a sailing instructor at the Warwick Yacht and Country Club, and a volunteer at Riverside Hospital's Maternity Ward. She developed special friendships with her swimming buddies, the Flamingos.

Ann and Bill were members of St. Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church on Fort Monroe, and later members of St. Joseph's in Buckroe where "A Blessing of her Ashes" was held on August 7, attended by immediate family.

Ann is survived by Bill, her devoted husband of 65 years; their children, Jimmy and his wife Cathy, Tom, Amy Sirianni and her husband Pat Meath, and Rebecca and her partner, David Montgomery; her grandsons, Chris and Joe Sirianni; her brother, James Gay and her niece Abigail Gay; and her sister, Sallie Greene; her sisters-in-law, Marie Murphy, Charlotte Vincent; and brother-in-law, Wallace Reynolds, their spouses and many nieces and nephews; and cousins Melanie, Bobby, Linda, and Marriam.

Ann was predeceased by her son-in-law, Vince Sirianni; her sisters-in-law, Lucy Gay, Edna Krebs, and Betty May Akers; and her brother-in-law, Billy Greene.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her name to Mariners' Museum and Park, 100 Museum Drive, Newport News, VA 23606.

Services are on hold until it is safe to gather with family and friends to celebrate Ann's life together.

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Published in Daily Press on August 23, 2020

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August 23, 2020

She was and still is the BEST MOM! I learned from her that your relationship with your mother doesn't end with her passing. Thank you for sharing your stories and for keeping her memory alive in your hearts.

~ Rebecca

August 23, 2020

Although I never met Miss Ann or her brother James, I did, for a time work with her father, Mr. Gay in the very early 1970ís. He was a guard at United Virginia Bank located on 29th and Washington Avenue. It was such a treat for this young girl to become acquainted with such a fine gentleman, and to have the opportunity to learn about his life, family, and his wonderful values and his memories of living In a much earlier time and place in Newport News. He still lived on West Avenue and he was incredibly proud of his children and their accomplishments. Now Miss Ann is reunited in perfect peace and spirit with her parents, and what a great reunion they are having. If I ever am blessed to get to Heaven, I will surely look up Mr. Gay and meet his beloved family. May this sweet lady rest in eternal and perfect peace and light always.

~ Bonnie Bridger Mittelmaier

August 23, 2020

Ann was my 6th grade teacher at Capt John Smith, in 1981. All these years later, she remains my favorite teacher. My condolences to her family.

~ Sara MacDonald Fawcett

August 23, 2020

Mrs. Reynolds was my 6th grade teacher at Spratley Middle School in the late 80's. She was completely dedicated to changing children's lives through education and she made sure we received great exposure to history and science outside of the school building with trips to the local museums. Mrs. Reynolds had an infectious smile and a distinct laugh that she often shared in the classroom. I am grateful to have had her as an influence in my school career. My condolences to the family and friends. Thank you for sharing her with the world.
May God surround you with peace and comfort.

~ Tanya Williams

August 24, 2020

Sorry to hear about Ann, I was a childhood friend of her brother, James Gay. I know our Lord will ease the family pain of her passing,

Jim McDonald

August 24, 2020

One of my favorite memories of my Auntie Ann was spending time in France with her. She trekked all over the Provence and Normandy regions even though she had a bad knee at the time. She was never one to let that sort of adversity slow her down, and she was determined not to miss a moment of France! I know that she and my mother are probably sharing family stories, a glass of wine, and lots of laughter in heaven. I will miss her so much. Much love to Uncle Bill, Aunt Sallie, my father James, and my cousins Jimmy, Tommy, Amy, and Rebecca.

Abigail Gay

August 25, 2020

May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.

~ David Broxterman

August 25, 2020

Mrs. Reynolds was the neighborhood hood mom that did her best to keep us kids in line. Always a pleasure to be around "Ma" and "Pa" Reynolds. Family.

~ Jimmy Hayes

August 26, 2020

Mrs. Reynolds was a very kind and caring person. As we get older, we tend to forget about a lot of things from our childhood. However certain things stay fresh in our memories forever. Mrs. Reynolds was my 6th grade teacher at Capt. John Smith in the late 1980's. She was the kind of teacher that cared so much about her students, and made sure we did our best. Out of all of my teachers, she is the one who has remained in my thoughts. It was a great pleasure to have had her in part of my life. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her. Prayers to all the family and friends.

~ Tricia Snyder

August 30, 2020

WHAT A CHARACTER!!! Ma Reynolds had personality and then some!!! Fire in the eye, and love in her heart, she and I had a number of memorable moments. Not only was she special, but she raised four kids that were like brothers and sisters to me. She was a very strong person-I guess you have to be to raise four kids, especially four very adventurous kids. I think itís safe to say that she probably had an awful lot to do with instilling that sense of adventure as well. Deepest condolences to her husband Bill and all of her children as well. I had hoped to visit, but Covid interfered. The world is a poorer place without her.

~ Marc Fast

August 30, 2020

Dear Amy and family,
We are saddened to learn that your mother has passed away. These must be difficult times for you, as the bond between mother and child are most strong and impactful and difficult to release. We pray she will be received by the open arms of the One who knows each and every step we take during our time on earth.
Our prayers are that you will find relief in remembering that her life journey was planned by He who loves her beyond our mere human comprehension, and that she is beyond the confusion and trials and pain we humans endure as we travel through our time on earth.
With our Love.
Aunt Carol, Uncle Mario and family

Mario Passero

August 31, 2020



August 31, 2020



   Our sincerest sympathies are extended to Ann's family, friends, and classmates at this difficult time.

  Y'all take good care of each other! TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309

  O Sacred Head Now Wounded

Text: Anonymous; trans. by Paul Gerhardt and James W. Alexander
Music: Hans L. Hassler, 1564-1612; harm. by J.S. Bach, 1685-1750

1. O sacred Head, now wounded,
with grief and shame weighed down,
now scornfully surrounded
with thorns, thine only crown:
how pale thou art with anguish,
with sore abuse and scorn!
How does that visage languish
which once was bright as morn!

2. What thou, my Lord, has suffered
was all for sinners' gain;
mine, mine was the transgression,
but thine the deadly pain.
Lo, here I fall, my Savior!
'Tis I deserve thy place;
look on me with thy favor,
vouchsafe to me thy grace.

3. What language shall I borrow
to thank thee, dearest friend,
for this thy dying sorrow,
thy pity without end?
O make me thine forever;
and should I fainting be,
Lord, let me never, never
outlive my love for thee.

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