REYNOLDS, Mary Lou Budweiser

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Mary Lou Budweiser Reynolds, 79, of Christiansburg, died Saturday, January 14, 2006 at Montgomery Regional Hospital.

Known to many as "Grama", she was predeceased by her husband, Ralph E. Reynolds. She is survived by two daughters and a son-in-law, Lou Reynolds of Christiansburg and Vicki and Pepper Sciarretta of Christiansburg. Three grandchildren, Erica Wilson Williams and husband, Jeremy of Christiansburg; Pat Hilt and wife Jody of Blacksburg; and Christa Hilt of New York. five very special great-grandchildren to whom she was very close, Madison, Oakley & Rally Williams of Christiansburg; Emma and Mi Mi Hilt of Blacksburg.

Mary was born and raised in Williamson, West Virginia and there she worked for N&W Railroad. She and her husband lived in Bluefield, Roanoke and eventually settled in Christiansburg. She was also employed by the Montgomery County School system in the Special Education Department during the 70’s and 80’s and developed special relationships with her students.

She was active in volunteering with New River Community Action, Montgomery County Emergency Assistance Program, and many church activities over the years, most recently the Clothing Closet at St. Paul United Methodist Church. She lived an active and dedicated life filled with daily activities with family until her recent illness. Mary was a beautiful person who set a pioneering example as a wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother to her family.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to either the Christiansburg Fire Department, 110 Depot Street, Christiansburg, Va., 24073, the MCEAP, 110 Roanoke Street, Christiansburg, Va., 24073, or the Women’s Resource Center, P.O. Box 477 Radford, Va., 24143.

Pursuant to her wishes that her life be of service after her death, her body was donated to the Anatomical Society of Virginia for the furtherance and research of medicine and science. In celebration of her life, the family will receive friends on Tuesday, January 17, 2006 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the St. Paul United Methodist Church in Christiansburg. Arrangements by McCoy Funeral Home, Blacksburg.