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Obituary: Reynolds, Maureen Gleeson

Sun., May 12, 2013, midnight

REYNOLDS, Maureen Gleeson Maureen, the youngest daughter of John and Barbara Gleeson, was born September 21, 1949 in Long Beach, CA and was united with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on May 6, 2013, having lived a full life before dying of cancer.

Maureen is cherished by those who survive her-parents, John and Barbara Gleeson; husband, Ron Reynolds; daughter Beth McKey (Luke); grandchildren, James, Mia, and Jude; sisters, Colleen (Bill) Roe, Cathleen Gleeson (David Maughan); nephews, Alex Kochis (Shanti Volkmann), David (Melissa) Roe, Joshua (Lindsey) Roe, and niece, Katie (Adam) Forman.

She is preceded in death by her daughter, Amy Davenport.

Maureen grew up in Sparks, NV.

After high school graduation, she trained and began a 17-year career as a flight attendant with Trans World Airlines.

She married Dave Davenport in May of 1973 and had two daughters.

She left TWA to pursue her true passion and attended nursing school, graduating in 1991.

She worked as a hospice nurse from 1992-1999 in St. Louis, MO.

She moved to Spokane, WA in 1999, where she married Ron Reynolds in 2002.

She served the dying through Hospice of Spokane from July 1999-2011, and in the infirmary at Airway Heights Prison from May 20, 2010 to May 6, 2013.

Maureen’s compassion inspired her generous and kind-hearted activities.

After losing her youngest daughter to an eating disorder, she started a support group through Inland Northwest Coalition on Eating Disorders for families and friends of those struggling with such disorders.

Maureen was committed to turning her loss into hope by increasing awareness and resources in the Spokane community, even in her last year while her own health was declining.

She demonstrated her passion for helping people, mostly through her years in hospice care.

Her love of others also led her to participate in a short-term Christian mission-outreach to Kenya, East Africa through Life Center Foursquare Church.

Maureen loved to read, and she adored her rescue dogs.

Worldwide travel was a constant for her.

She visited Barcelona with her two girlfriends in the last weeks of her life.

Reflections from her family include these.

Maureen’s parents said, “Maureen practiced the Bible verse Matthew 15:4, ‘Honor your father and mother…’ with all her heart and throughout all of her life.

We were privileged to love and be loved by this beautiful daughter for many years.

Maureen will remain in her mother and father’s hearts for the balance of our lives and until we meet again in Heaven.”

Ron, her husband, said, “My most comforting reflection with Maureen is our common belief that Jesus Christ was who he said he was and that she is with Amy in the presence of Christ.”

Her daughter Beth, who was blessed with the privilege of spending amazing trips over the past year, admired her mother’s graceful approach and courage during the fight for her life.

“My mom has always been a caring, compassionate, gorgeous woman giving of herself even until the end of her life here on earth.”

Grandchildren James, Mia and Jude felt blessed that their Yia-Yia never hesitated to spend time with them even through her last days.

Some of their fondest memories include holidays, vacations and playing with her puppies.

Eldest sister Colleen wrote of Maureen’s femininity, compassionate heart, and generosity.

Sister Cathleen said she “always admired and loved” Maureen and cherished “her essence.”

All the family will forever enjoy the memory of her fun-loving spirit, and her humorous stories that brought laughter to every family event.

Maureen loved well, and was well loved.

Memorial service at Central United Methodist Church, 518 W. 3rd Ave., at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 18th.

Donations and memorial gifts to Hospice of Spokane, 121 S. Arthur St., Spokane WA 99202, or to INCED (Inland NW Coalition on Eating Disorders), http://incedspokane.org/get-involved/donate/ or, INCED, 910 N. Washington St., Ste.

211, Spokane WA 99201


 

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