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  • Lari Jo ‘Jody’ Reynolds

  • Lari Jo “Jody” Reynolds, 65, of Monroe City, Missouri, passed away peacefully in her home at 3:45 p.m. on Sunday, August 24, 2014. She was surrounded by her family.
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  • Lari Jo “Jody” Reynolds, 65, of Monroe City, Missouri, passed away peacefully in her home at 3:45 p.m. on Sunday, August 24, 2014. She was surrounded by her family.
    Jody was born February 8, 1949, in Fort Madison, Iowa.  Her parents were Bob and Nancy Yaeger.  When Jody was 5, her mother, Nancy, passed away of cancer.  Jody and her sister, Lisa Wallace, were adopted by her maternal grandparents, Leone and Orville Wallace, and her big brother, Jack.  They moved to Hannibal, Missouri. 
    She lived in Hannibal until she was 18, when she married Kermit Reynolds of Stoutsville. Kermit and Jody had four children, Julie Leone, Crystal Louise, Luke Scot, and Sara Elizabeth.
    In 1986, Jody met Larry Painter.  Larry became her lifelong love and partner and was at her side until her death. Larry also had four children, Joan, Kevin, Steven, and Larry Jr. (deceased 2002).
    Jody had 15 grandkids, Victoria Vaughn, Annie Paige Cook, Jessie AG Max Poliuto, Philip Peyton, Kelby Painter, Trey Cook, Zachary Painter, Eva Grace Painter, Sadie Cook, Brian Place, Ethan Place, Henry Peyton, Kelson Painter, Peter Peyton and Samantha Painter. She had two great-grandkids, Rowan Vaughn and Maverick Scot Vaughn.
    When she was young, Jody loved reading books and riding the train with her Daddy Orville, who was a conductor for the railroad. When she grew up, she loved to go fishing and mushroom hunting. She loved all kinds of fishing but found particular joy in the many trips she took to Rockbridge Trout Ranch in Southern Missouri. She loved to ride her motorcycle and go exploring on the farm in Stoutsville and in the Salt River bottoms. She loved to go arrowhead hunting.
    During the construction of Mark Twain Lake, Jody worked as an assistant, doing archaeological excavations for the University of Nebraska. She worked as a cook at Crickets Supper Club. She also spent many years working in manufacturing at Gates in Paris, Missouri, and at Kuhlman’s Diecasting and Diemakers in Monroe City, Missouri. 
    Jody led a very active life until health issues forced her to quit working. Later in life Jody enjoyed  reading books and magazines, painting,  going fishing, and trips to the casinos. But  more than anything, she enjoyed spending time with her family.  Everyone who knew Jody will remember her beautiful, kind and loving  heart.
    Visitation will be held from noon to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, August 27, 2014, at Agnew Funeral Home.  Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. at the same location, with Pastor Steve Goughnour officiating.  Burial will follow funeral service at Andrew Chapel Cemetery north of Monroe City near Warren, Missouri.
    In lieu of flowers, donations and memorials may be made to The James Cary Cancer Center in Hannibal, Missouri. The James E. Cary Cancer Center, 5985 Hospital Drive, Hannibal, MO 63401. (573) 406-5800
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