Footprints: Valda Evelyn Reynolds - She served others with dignity
She may have been short in stature, but she stood tall among her family, church members, neighbours and the Green Island community and its environs.
Valda Evelyn Reynolds (nee Grey), affectionately called 'Miss Val', 'Aunt Val', and other names, was born in Hanover on September 11, 1942.
Unlike other members of her family and people she grew up with, she stayed in the community and contributed to its growth.
For years, everyone in Green Island would utilise Miss Val's grocery shop, ideally located on main street in the town.
They could get everything from groceries to farming equipment, or a cool drink before continuing on their journey.
There was never a doubt in their minds that she valued their patronage. She would credit them with only a verbal commitment to pay out at a later date.
She also had a way of advising customers on how best to maximise their cash in making wise purchases.
Though she never had any biological children, her maternal instincts were very active. She knew how to care for and pamper those in her care. She would rise early while it was still dark outside, to see to the needs of her household. She was an excellent cook, and anyone who ever tasted her meals would say it was nothing but scrumptious.
Reynolds was also a justice of the peace who was true to the office she represented.
Reynolds was shy and reserved, preferring the background, although she was brave enough to enter, and win the Miss Hanover Farm Queen title. She had great organisational skills, was attentive to detail and was very meticulous in the execution of tasks. She served with dignity as a justice of the peace and was a member of the Green Island Primary School board.
She was an active member of the Green Island United Church where she participated fully in the work and missions. She served as an elder and was a valuable member of the women's fellowship, where she served as secretary for a number of years.
Miss Val leaves behind five brothers, one sister and one adopted sister. She was laid to rest at her beloved church on March 31.