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Marlene Mae Reynolds

September 16, 1931 - January 26, 2021
From: Spencer, IA
Marlene Mae Reynolds

Marlene Mae Reynolds

Born: September 16, 1931
Died: January 26, 2021
Age: 89

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Marlene Mae Mason Reynolds passed away on January 26, 2021 at the Spencer Municipal Hospital. Marlene was born on September 16, 1931 to Glen and Alma (Olson) Mason of rural Greenville, Iowa. Marlene graduated from Greenville Rossie High School in 1949. Marlene married Roger Smith November 1948 and they had two daughters, Debra and Candace. The family enjoyed farming near Royal, Iowa until 1966 when they moved to the farm they had purchased near Terril, Iowa. Marlene married Richard (Dick) Reynolds in 1987. The couple resided in De Smet, South Dakota; later moved to Ruthven, Iowa; and in 2013 moved to Spencer, Iowa. Marlene continued to reside at the home in Spencer until the time of her death. Marlene enjoyed attending church circles, Ladies aide meetings, and helping out with church suppers and ice cream socials. She enjoyed time with the ladies and made good friends while participating in these activities. Marlene especially liked having coffee and dining out with friends and family. She was a member of the Ruthven United Methodist Church. During her farming days Marlene always had a garden and spent time canning the produce for the winter months. A favorite pastime included making potholders for friends and family members. Marlene adored her pets. At one point Marlene enjoyed raising Samoyed puppies. Her most recent companion was her cat, Shelby. Marlene is survived by her two daughters, Debra (Doug) Nelson of Naples, FL, and Candace (Jerry) Nelson of Spirit Lake, Iowa. She is also survived by her sister Sylvia (Don) Schoer of Spencer, Iowa. Other family members include her stepchildren: Ken (Jackie) Reynolds, Jim (Sharon) Reynolds, Alan Reynolds, and step-son-in-law, Mike Ernst. Marlene had five grandchildren: Angela (Ben) Dingel, Adam (Benita) Nelson, Thad (Kristen) Nelson, Arin (Nick) Elser, and Josh (Melissa) Nelson. She was blessed with eight great grandchildren: Grace, Cheyenne, Ellie, Gavin, Noah, Isabel, Elijah, and Jay. She is also survived by step grandchildren and great grandchildren. Marlene leaves behind many nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends. Marlene was preceded in death by her parents, Glen and Alma Mason, her husband, Richard Reynolds, and a stepdaughter, Diane Ernst. Due to the current Covid 19 Pandemic no services are planned at this time.
There will be no services at this time, they will be held at a later date.

Memorials may be given to the Spencer Hospital.


Wednesday, February 3, 2021 at 12:00 PM
“Marlene was an amazing lady, she was like a grandma to me. She was always so sweet and kind, and pushed me to be my best! This past year has been amazing having her in my life, she will be missed. ”
- Erika Amendt
Monday, February 1, 2021 at 7:59 AM
“We were shocked to hear of Marlene’s passing! She was always such a delightful woman... she had such a cute sense of humor! She was always generous with all her talents and such a faithful member of our church. She will surely be missed by her many friends, as well as her very loved children and grandchildren. May she rest is peace.”
- Lynn Swan
Monday, February 1, 2021 at 7:59 AM
“Deb, Candie, and families;
Sending hugs your ways in the loss of your mother.
- Bob & Nira Rusk
Monday, February 1, 2021 at 7:59 AM
“Deepest sympathy to Marlene's family. She was a long time member of RUMC and loved. You are all in our prayers. Sylvia, so hard to lose a beloved sister. God hold you all close in these times.”
- Maureen Reeves Horsley
Monday, February 1, 2021 at 7:59 AM
“Marlene was an amazing lady, who inspired me to do more. She always kinda felt like a second Grandmother to me. My condolences to the family, she will be missed. ”
- Timothy Godinez
Saturday, January 30, 2021 at 8:09 AM
“Candie, Debbie and family so very sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. You have our Deepest Sympathy. Hugs and prayers to you all. Darrin and Christy Smith ”
- Darrin and Christy Smith
Friday, January 29, 2021 at 2:54 PM
“Sending heartfelt sympathy. May the arms of The Great Comforter enfold you and bless you.”
- Nancy (Stoll) Taylor
Friday, January 29, 2021 at 8:58 AM
“Debbie and Candie, our sympathy for you girls and your families. We enjoyed and remember times we played together as kids. Aunt Olive was good at getting 2nd cousins together. Will remember the love and caring shared by our families. God bless you as you feel his comfort!”
- Nancy and Jim Hartmann
Friday, January 29, 2021 at 8:56 AM
“Aunt Marlene was very special to me. She treated me like one of her own, and I spent a great deal of my time growing up visiting her and her family. Her home always smelled like fresh baked goods. Every time I would go to visit she always greeted me with her caring smile and a big hug. I remember the fond memories I had riding their horses Cookie, Dandy, and Ginger with my cousins Debbie and Candy. Aunt Marlene was one of a kind, a true sweet woman who always gave of herself.”
- Konnie Sue (Klein) Egertson
Thursday, January 28, 2021 at 7:49 AM
“Debbie and Candy and Families ~ A lifetime of friendship, countless stories, and so much laughter was shared between both your parents and Terry's folks through the years! And your mom has been a treasured friend to Lucy, always, but even more-so during the winter of their lives. I know she will be sorely missed! May sweet memories bring you comfort at this tender time, the love of God bring you peace. I am thinking of you, while remembering Marlene fondly...”
- Marcia Steffen
Wednesday, January 27, 2021 at 2:39 PM
“Thinking of you and your family during this loss. May your memories bring you peace.”
- Tom and Avis Tourville
Wednesday, January 27, 2021 at 2:39 PM
“Deb and Candie:
We are sorry to hear about the death of your mom. I (Jane) have particularly fond memories of time spent at your farm north of Royal riding ponies, sleepovers and learning to water ski while pulled by the boat driven by Roger and Marlene. Your mom was always a gracious host when I was at your house and in later years always had time to stop and talk if we met on the street. What a good friend she was to my parents. We sincerely hope that love and support of family and friends, memories of good times shared and your faith in a loving God will lift and support you in a difficult time. Our deepest sympathy. ”
- David and Jane Kruse
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