Phyllis June McReynolds, 95, of Longmont, Colorado, beloved mother, grandmother, and wife
passed away at home on August 6, 2021 of natural causes. She was born in Detroit, Michigan in
1926 and later adopted by loving parents, Lionel Bert Stevens and Alice Hones Stevens. At the age
of eight, her family moved from the Detroit area to Drayton Plains, Michigan. It was in Drayton
Plains that Phyllis met a young boy who became her friend and later her husband, William Dale
McReynolds (Bill). Phyllis attended elementary and junior high school in Drayton Plains. In 1944,
she graduated with her classmates from a nearby high school in Pontiac, Michigan. As a high
schooler, Phyllis helped care for her mother, Alice, who passed away from cancer shortly after she
graduated. Phyllis then entered the workplace, as a bookkeeper, and continued to work until she
had children. When Bill McReynolds returned from the Navy at the end of World War II, he and
Phyllis rekindled their friendship. They were married on March 4, 1948. Bill adored her and they
were married for 65 years until his death in 2013. Their lives were centered in Waterford and Pontiac
where they raised two daughters, Kimberly and Karen. Then in 2004, Phyllis and Bill moved to
Longmont, Colorado to be near their daughter, Karen. In 2018-19, her daughter Kim and son-in-law
Dennis Gonzalez, also moved to Longmont. Phyllis is survived by her daughters, Karen Ann
McReynolds and Kimberly McReynolds (Dennis Gonzalez), and her grandchildren Benito Gonzalez
(Anne- Michael Gonzalez) and Marisa Gonzalez. She was loved and is fondly remembered by her
only niece, Joy Creamer, of Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Phyllis loved the Rocky Mountains and her new home in Longmont. She was a bird watcher and
animal lover. She retained a lifelong fondness for the big band music of her youth. In the final years
of her life nothing brought her greater contentment than watching birds feeding from the bird feeder
outside her window with her calico cat, Lyla, purring in her lap.
In lieu of flowers, condolence cards may be sent to The McReynolds-Gonzalez Family, 1922
Sunlight Drive, Longmont, CO 80504.
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