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Michelle Reynolds '95 June 7, 2021 3:42 PM updated: June 7, 2021 3:52 PM

Michelle Reynolds
February 02, 1973 - May 10, 2021

Michelle Reynolds came into this world with three great loves. Her love of God and family were always forefront in her life. Her third love was teaching, which she did for her dolls, toys, brothers, and anyone else that would stand still for more than a moment. She was born to Patrick and Jean Edmundson on February 2, 1973. When she was young, her family moved to Marietta, Texas, a place that she always considered to be her home. She followed two of her older brothers to Texas A&M, and it was there that she met her husband, Michael '94. Despite being married and having a baby, Michelle still met her goal of graduating from Texas A&M with a B.S. degree and her teaching certificate in just 4 years. From there she taught at a succession of small schools as she followed Michael as he went into the Army.

In Germany, she started two of her passions that would remain with her the rest of her life: Religious Education and homeschooling. Before that, she and Michael had taught some RE classes, but in Germany Michelle was asked to become the Director of Religious Education (DRE) for their military parish, more than just teaching, Michelle wanted to make sure that the children in her programs were being taught correctly. The same applied to homeschooling. As her eldest daughter came of age to start Kindergarten in the DOD schools, Michelle took the opportunity to examine the curriculum and decided she could do better than that; and so she did, and continued to do so to the last.

Together they celebrated the birth of 6 children, the tragedy of two miscarriages, and the joy of adopting. Michelle was able to be with their adopted daughter for the birth of both of her granddaughters, with whom she shared her love of making biscuits (in the shape of butterflies!).

Michelle also had a love of travel, especially to State and National Parks, no trip could truly be complete unless it included one or more. In 2014, Michelle introduced the family to Geocaching (aka the art of using multi-million-dollar satellites to find Tupperware in the woods). Not only did she love the adventure of finding the caches, but she also came to love all the people that shared in this hobby. She especially loved the fact that Geocaching strives to give back to the community through park and trail clean-up events.

In April 2020, Michelle was diagnosed with Stage 4 cancer in her liver. Despite the pain of the cancer, and the hardships of her treatments, she continued to homeschool her children, teach classes for the Archdiocese and travel for Geocaches.

On May 10, 2021, surrounded by her mother, brothers, husband, children and grandchildren, Michelle passed into the arms of her Lord while receiving a final blessing. She was 48 years old. She was preceded in death by her father, Patrick Edmundson.

Michelle will live on in the hearts of her husband, children, grandchildren, mother, and brothers and sister. But her presence will be felt in the lives of all those people whose lives she touched.

Michelle was laid to rest at Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family gratefully requests that you consider making a donation to some of the causes that Michelle supported:
Women’s shelters
The Food Bank
Religious Education

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