Lyna Christine Reynolds was born on Wednesday, November 27th, 1963 the day before Thanksgiving in McKinney, Texas to David Magers and Glinda Doyle Reeves. She was the second of four children.
As a small child, she was precocious and wanted to get into everything and thought she could do and be anything she wanted. In middle school, Lyna was in Honor choir in Garland, Texas because she was blessed with a beautiful voice. She also loved gymnastics.
When she was 15 she fell in love, quit school, and got married at 15 to Terry Lynn Richardson in Garland, Texas. They were married for a few years and had two children—Lee & Brandi.
In 1985, Lyna received a job with Tipton Ford in Nacogdoches and moved there with her children and her mother. She met John Gilbreath in 1991 and later she married him. Jacob was born soon after. While she was married to John, Lyna went back to school, got her GED, made Valedictorian passing with high honors, and all while raising her three small children. She later attended Stephen F. Austin State University for two years studying psychology. That marriage ended up in divorce after five years.
It was during this time that Mike and Lyna met. They met on the Hwy 59 bridge in Livingston, when she was eight months pregnant with Jacob and was stranded on the road with a flat tire and no jack. When they met, they became good friends and always had a close connection to each other. When years later, they were both single again, they started dating, fell deeply in love and you couldn’t pry them apart.
Mike and Lyna married on July 19, 1997 at the home of Pappaw Lee, by Mike’s Uncle Buddy Reynolds, and were happily married for 25 years. Early in their marriage, they worked together in their own business, Melrose Builders & Remodeling out of Melrose, Texas. In 2010, Mike worked for Buddy Temple on his ranch and brought Lyna with him. She was bored and started cleaning the job site for free and did such a great job that they hired her on the spot. They lived in Freer for two and a half years, working during the week and coming home when they could. Later, Lyna worked at her last job as an accountant for Car Mart. She held that position for many years until she got too sick to work.
Lyna was a very strong woman who embraced life with passion. When she was diagnosed with her cancer, her bold, upbeat, and joyful nature brought many souls to God. Her faith was strong and she embraced her life to the fullest until the very end. One week before she passed, she was gung-ho to take a long trip close to the family to have a “Girls Night Out!” Unfortunately, she fell and did not have the physical strength to do it. Thankfully, her family rallied around her and zoom called her and she was able to visit with everyone and see them on a computer screen.
Lyna Christine Reynolds is survived by her devoted husband, Mike Reynolds of Nacogdoches, her son Lee Richardson, daughter and son-in-law; Brandi and Michael Haun of Nacogdoches, son and daughter-in-law; Jacob and Danielle Gilbreath of Nacogdoches, granddaughters, Brianna Jasso, Morgan Blankenship, and Alice Kite all of Nacogdoches, a great-grandson soon to be born in late May, mother, Glinda Doyle of Nacogdoches, father and step-mother David and Roberta Magers of Blum, Texas, brothers, David Magers of McKinney, Johnny Magers and Jimmy Magers, both of Waco, a half-sister and brother-in-law, Alana and Jaylon Dean of Waco.
She was preceded in death by her beloved parents-in-law, John “Jack” O. Reynolds and Barbara A. Reynolds.
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