Elizabeth Holman Reynolds, 87


Memorial Service with a gathering of friends immediately following at the Reynolds' home.Elizabeth (Beth) Holman Reynolds, 87, died peacefully in the early hours of April 9, 2013 at the Hospice House of St Mary's in Callaway, Maryland.

Born January 19, 1926 in New Bloomfield, Pennsylvania to loving parents Edward Lee Holman and Anna Helen Bower Holman, she graduated from Gettysburg College in 1947. In 1948, she met, fell in love with, and married Major H. K. (Deak) Reynolds, a young Army officer teaching at the War College in Carlisle, PA. Over the next twenty years as a military wife, she was a thoughtful, graceful, and selfless representative of America's armed forces around the world.

The family settled in St. Mary's City, Maryland in 1971. Almost immediately, Beth became one of those to call if there was anything to be done for others in the county, from working with the less fortunate to volunteering at Green Holly School with special needs children. She painted, had a love of poetry and literature, and a great appreciation for the natural world and gardening.

For over forty years, Beth played an integral role in the St. Mary's County Garden Club, and a lifelong passion for the arts led her to become a founding member of the St. Mary's Arts Alliance steering committee, where she served tirelessly until her death.

Beth was on the Board of Trustees of Carson Long Military Academy from 1978 to 2013 and was Chairperson of the Board from 1982 to 2007. Carson Long was founded by her great-uncle Theodore K. Long in 1914, and both her father and brother served as presidents.

She is survived by her brother, Colonel Carson E. R. Holman in New Bloomfield, PA, and four of her five children: Katherine Holman Chandler in St. Mary's City, MD, Susan Elizabeth Reynolds in Chapel Hill, NC, Edward Kim Reynolds in Dameron, MD, and John Eric Reynolds in Nashville, TN. She was preceded in death by her brother, MSG Clark Lee Holman, her sister, Ida Helen Holman Partridge, her husband, Harold Kenneth Reynolds, and her beloved, youngest son, Richard Kennedy Reynolds.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Beth Reynolds' name to the Hospice House of St. Mary's, P.O. Box 625, Leonardtown, MD 20650, with grateful thanks from her children for the loving care their mother received in the last days of her life.

Friends are invited to the Reynolds' home immediately after the memorial service for refreshments and fellowship at 18599 Pleasant Manor Road, St. Mary's City.

Condolences to the family may be made at www.brinsfieldfuneral.com.

Arrangements by the Brinsfield Funeral Home, P.A., Leonardtown, MD.

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