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Phyllis M. (Preece) Reynolds

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“To Larry. Mike, Jimmy, Debbie, Sean, Kevin and all the Extended Family, Sincere sympathy on your great loss. Miss all of you. Sorry we can't be with...Read More »
1 of 50 | Posted by: Michelle Madden - Galway - Family

“Very sorry for your tremendous loss, our parents were very fond of Larry, Phyllis, and family RIP.Prayers from The Moloney Family-Burlington, MA ”
2 of 50 | Posted by: Caroline Moloney-Souza - MA

“Phyllis and Larry were such a wonderful couple and gave so much to the tradition over the years. They will both be sorely missed, ”
3 of 50 | Posted by: Robert Dunlavey - Dover, NH

“rip ”
4 of 50 | Posted by: Michelle Plakas-Kaiser

“To all the Reynold's Family our sincere condolences. ”
5 of 50 | Posted by: Isabelle Carr - Belmont, MA

“My sincere condolences to the entire Reynolds family. ”
6 of 50 | Posted by: Ernie Rogers - Waltham, MA

“Our deepest sympathy to you Larry Jr and your Family on the passing of your mother. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and may you find comfort...Read More »
7 of 50 | Posted by: Jackie Brown - MA - Friend

“Our deepest condolences to all the Reynolds family. We have fond memories of Grove Street with Phyllis and Larry. Phyllis was an amazing hostess,...Read More »
8 of 50 | Posted by: Jim and Sile OLeary - ME

“Phyllis was always so warm and welcoming and was always great for a joke or a laugh. I will always remember the BBQs and family events herself and...Read More »
9 of 50 | Posted by: Rachel Reynolds - Berlin - Family

“Thanks for all the laughs and great memories Phylis. May you rest in Peace with Larry and Brian. You will be greatly missed and our trips to Boston...Read More »
10 of 50 | Posted by: Ian, Bernie, Rachel, Seán and Ciara❤ Power

“So broken hearted but take hope you reunited with your true love and Brian. Rest in peace Aunty Phyllis. To Lar, Deb, Mike, Jimmy, Sean and Kev we...Read More »
11 of 50 | Posted by: Mary Ann, Damian, Aisling, Chris & Brian Feeney

“Hard to believe Auntie Phyllis gone to join Uncle Lar and Brian and you will be missed by all who loved you. You gave so much and now may you Rest in...Read More »
12 of 50 | Posted by: Mary Ann, Damian, Aisling, Chris & Brian Feeney

“Our sincere sympathy to Larry, Debbie, Mike, Jimmy, Sean and Kev and all the extended family. Heartbroken for you all. You all in our thoughts and...Read More »
13 of 50 | Posted by: Sean and Peggy Reynolds - Ireland

“Sorry for your loss. Thinking of you. ”
14 of 50 | Posted by: Jen and Dave Vitone - waltham, MA

“To all the Reynolds family, our deepest sympathy for the passing of your mother Phyllis. You remain in our thoughts and prayers.Ellen and Sean...Read More »
15 of 50 | Posted by: Ellen Costello - Needham, MA

“To the Reynolds family,Sincere sympathies on the loss of Phyllis. She was an absolute lady who was so welcoming to us on our trips to Boston and, in...Read More »
16 of 50 | Posted by: Joe Cunningham - Family Friend

“My deepest sympathy and prayers to all the Reynolds Family.I was among the many, many recipients of Phyllis' kindness and welcoming.May Phyllis 'Rest...Read More »
17 of 50 | Posted by: John Kearney - Milton, MA

“Dear Sean & Sheila, Seanie, Liam , Declan & Brigid, and all the Reynolds families. We are very sorry for your loss. We will cherish all the memories...Read More »
18 of 50 | Posted by: Eileen & Richard, shauna, caoimhe, Ciara and Jack Burke

“To all the Reynolds Family, especially our son in law Sean and daughter Sheila, and our Grandchildren Sean, Liam, Declan and Brigid . Our deepest...Read More »
19 of 50 | Posted by: Nonie & Joe And Laurence Rourke

“Sincere condolences to All the Reynolds Family at this time, Our thoughts and prayers are with you. May Phyllis Rest In Peace. Tom & Marilynn O...Read More »
20 of 50 | Posted by: thomas o'connor - watertown, MA

“To all the Reynolds family, our sincere condolences, and prayers....We lost a lovely lady from a super family, may she RIP..... ”
21 of 50 | Posted by: Eddie and Imelda Gallivan.. Worcester Mass....

“With Deepest Sympathies to all the Reynolds Family on the passing of your dear Mother/Grandmother Phyllis. Our Prayers of Comfort and Peace are with...Read More »
22 of 50 | Posted by: John and Nuala Connors - MILTON, MA

23 of 50 | Posted by: ENA DOOCEY - Friend

“Prayers for the entire Reynolds Family. May perpetual light shine on your Mom. ”
24 of 50 | Posted by: Jim Duffy - Mendon, MA - Neighbor

“Dear Larry, Debbie, Mike, Jimmy, Sean & Kevin, Thinking of all of you and I was blessed to have your mom and entire family be such an important part...Read More »
25 of 50 | Posted by: Christine Rauseo - MA

“Deepest sympathies to all the Reynolds family on the passing of your Mum Phyllis, a lovely lady whom we met on several occasions in Shanboley. May...Read More »
26 of 50 | Posted by: Caroline Cunniffe - Neighbor

“Dear Larry Jr. & your brothers and sister,So sorry to hear of the passing of your dear mother Phyllis. The late Tom Garvey would have felt so bad as...Read More »
27 of 50 | Posted by: Peggy & Jack Fitzgerald - MA

“Sincere condolences to the Reynolds family on the sad death of Phyllis, RIP. The Reynolds homestead certainly was a very happy and hospitable place,...Read More »
28 of 50 | Posted by: Bill Cunningham - Friend

“Our heartfelt condolences to the Reynolds family on the passing of Phyllis. There are so many memories of the good times we shared with our dear...Read More »
29 of 50 | Posted by: Frank & Regina Kennedy - Friend

“Mary ”
30 of 50 | Posted by: Mary Murphy - East Weymouth, MA

“Rest In Peace Phyllis as you are home now with the Lord and Larry.Thinking of all of her family--keep Phyllis' spirit in your hearts and your...Read More »
31 of 50 | Posted by: Timothy OSullivan - Medway, MA

“My condolences to the Reynolds family. Thinking of all of you at this time. Love and prayers. ”
32 of 50 | Posted by: Margaret Beatty - West Roxbury, MA

“Our sympathy to the Reynolds Family, Phyllis was a great lady and good friend. Always had time for everyone and always asked about your family. I...Read More »
33 of 50 | Posted by: larry and ann Guerin - Friend

“Dear Kevin, Lisa, Kevin and MollyWe are so sorry to hear about your Mother and Grandmother. I know she was a very special lady. May her memory be...Read More »
34 of 50 | Posted by: Adrianne Faggas - Watertown, MA

“On behalf of the Hennessey family we send our heartfelt condolences on the passing of Phyllis. My dad adored Larry & Phyllis, especially playing...Read More »
35 of 50 | Posted by: Eileen Hennessey - Natick, MA

“To all the Reynolds family - My thoughts and prayers are with you. I am so sad that my dear friend is gone, but take comfort that she is now reunited...Read More »
36 of 50 | Posted by: Valerie Caron - Sandwich, MA

“Our very deepest sympathies to all the Reynolds families on the passing of dear Phyllis. I have huge fond memories in the company of Phyllis and...Read More »
37 of 50 | Posted by: Matt And Kathleen Cunningham

“One of the nicest woman i ever met. You are reunited with Larry now. RIPYou certainly both left a mark on this world. Play music in heaven. ”
38 of 50 | Posted by: Mary McDonald - S. Boston, MA

“Sympathy is extented to the entire Reynolds family on the loss of your mother/grandmother.Thank you for sharing your mother, Phyllis, and your father...Read More »
39 of 50 | Posted by: Gerry Foley - Lexington, MA

“To the entire Reynolds family. My deepest condolences. She was a wonderful woman to raise y'all (I've been in the South too long). I am sure she and...Read More »
40 of 50 | Posted by: Todd Kenny - Decatur, GA

“Sending sincerest condolences to our daughter in law Debbie, our son Sean, granddaughters Sara and Emma and the extended Reynolds family. We are...Read More »
41 of 50 | Posted by: Ena Bendall - Maynard, MA

“Rest easy Phyllis. Tell Larry we said hi. ”
42 of 50 | Posted by: Maudie & Steve Scott - Pennsville, NJ

“To the Reynolds Family,Please accept our most sincere condolences on the passing of your dear Phyllis. She was a truly lovely person and a wonderful...Read More »
43 of 50 | Posted by: Jack & Maire Meehan - Quincy, MA

“To Sean Sheila Sean Liam Declan & Brigid we send our deepest condolence to you on the sad loss of Phyllis she was a lovely Lady I am sure you will...Read More »
44 of 50 | Posted by: Frank & Teresa Tuohy - GALWAY

“Rest in peace Phyllis. You were a lady among women. Sean, I am so sorry for your loss. Phyllis was so lucky to have had you, and to have raised such...Read More »
45 of 50 | Posted by: Sandra Tuohy - Ireland, NY

“Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this most difficult of times. Phyllis was a wonderful and kind human being. She always gave my family...Read More »
46 of 50 | Posted by: Kate Bendall - Maynard, MA

“Rest in peace, Phyllis. Thank you for all the love and welcome I received from you. I will miss visiting you in Waltham. Give Lar and my Dad a...Read More »
47 of 50 | Posted by: Doreen OConnor - Lyons, NE

“to the Reynolds Family, our condolences on your loss. We always enjoyed Phyllis's laugh , and her hospitality with a cup of tea whenever we...Read More »
48 of 50 | Posted by: MICHAEL HICKEY - STOUGHTON, MA

“To all the Reynolds family, our deepest condolences to you on the passing of a true lady, Phyllis. May she rest in peace to be with Lar again x ”
49 of 50 | Posted by: Mary Keogh - Galway - Family

“Thinking of your family. May your mom rest in peace. ”
50 of 50 | Posted by: Jeanne Nocera - Waltham, MA

In the traditional Irish language, the phrase "Céad Míle Fáilte Romhat" means "one hundred thousand welcomes to you" and although Phyllis Reynolds was the daughter of English natives she lived out the expression warmly and proudly to friends and strangers alike.

Reunited with her beloved husband, Larry, Phyllis M. (Preece) Reynolds, of Waltham, entered into eternal life on Monday, November 30, 2020 at the Parlin Hospice House in Wayland following a period of declining health. She was 88 years old.

Phyllis was born in Everett to the late William and Minnie (Chandler) Preece on June 28, 1932. Raised in Concord, she was a graduate of Concord High School. In 1953 she met Galway native, Larry Reynolds, and the two were married in Saint Bernard's Church in Concord a year later, on April 30, 1954. They shared fifty-eight wonderful years together until Larry's death on October 3, 2012.

After living for a brief time both in Somerville and in Lexington, the two settled in Waltham in 1964 making it their lifelong home. Filled with life, laughter, and plenty of music, Phyllis, a piano player, and Larry, known for his talent on the fiddle, passed on their love of music and friendship to their children.

A devoted wife and mother, she and Larry made the Reynolds home a warm, loving, inviting, and comfortable place for relatives and friends to come whether it was for a quick visit or an extended stay. With their household being a popular gathering spot, Phyllis quickly became a familiar face to many of her children's friends and even to their families with her gentle way and genuinely sweet demeanor. She loved being active in the Saint Jude community and helped as a lunch and room mother at the parish school and had been a longtime member of the Ladies Sodality. As her children grew older and began having families of their own she continued to be integral in her grandchildren's upbringings as well. Never shying away from a sports game, feis, play, or frequent visit, her heart was complete when family was near.

In addition to the Saint Jude Parish community, Phyllis and Larry were also active members of the Hanafin-Cooley Branch of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí n h'Éireann (CCE), co-founded by Larry in 1976. The organization promotes traditional Irish culture, music and dance in the Boston area. There, the two spent many laugh-filled nights and made countless happy memories with their dear friends.

In addition to her husband, Larry, she is reunited in Heaven with her sister, the late Marjorie Morgan, and her beloved son, the late Brian E. Reynolds.

She leaves her children, Lawrence F. Reynolds, Jr. of Waltham, Deborah A. Bendall and her husband, Sean, of Maynard, Michael J. Reynolds, and his wife, Diane, of Plymouth, James J. Reynolds and his wife, Diane, of Belmont, Sean W. Reynolds and his wife, Sheila, and Kevin P. Reynolds and his wife, Lisa, all of Waltham; her grandchildren, Brian, Megan, Andrew, Sara, Emma, Michael John, Tena, Eric, James, Jennifer, Tara, Kasey, Shannon, Sean, Jr., Liam, Declan, Brigid, Molly and Kevin; her great-grandchildren, Austin, Cara, Isabella, Victoria, Braedon, Parker John, MacKenzie, Fiona, Seamus, Stephen, Zoanna, and Aidan; and several nieces, nephews, and their families.

Family and friends will honor and remember Phyllis' life by gathering for calling hours in The Joyce Funeral Home, 245 Main Street (Rte. 20), Waltham on Monday, December 7th from 3 to 7 p.m.

Out of an abundance of love and concern for family and friends, Phyllis' Funeral Mass will be celebrated privately in Saint Jude Church. Burial will follow in Saint Mary's Cemetery, Needham.

Those wishing to view Phyllis' Funeral Mass may do so via this link, at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, December 8th.