Ann Reynolds of Hampton, VA, daughter of the late Virginia Meehan and
Norfleet "Jack" Stancel Gay, passed away August 1, 2020, surrounded by her
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.
everything, and certainly the ultimate was being blessed with grandchildren
- their happiest times were visiting with them to share birthdays and
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
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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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.
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
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
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
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,
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.
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
~ David Broxterman
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.
~ Jimmy Hayes
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
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
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