Bessie Mae Reynolds, 93, of Gotha died Thursday, June 6, 2019, in Orlando. Ms. Reynolds was born on June 8, 1925, to Rosco and Carrie Gillard. She married Jack Reynolds in November of 1943.
Bessie was the first female soda jerk at Davis Pharmacy in Winter Garden. She was a homemaker when her girls were growing up and helped Jack with their citrus groves. Later, she worked as a manifest clerk for the Winter Garden Citrus Grower’s Association.
Bessie was a lifelong member of the Church of Christ, attending Holden Heights, Pine Hills, and LaBelle Church of Christ through out the years. Bessie was an avid traveler, exploring the United States with Jack and later making new friends as she traveled solo all over the world. She and Jack built a cabin in North Carolina that she affectionately named the Doll House, where they had a lot of fond memories. Later in life, Bessie was very active in The Red Hat Society as a member of the Labellish Girls and Winter Garden Red Hat Group. She was loved by many and her vibrant personality will be deeply missed. Bessie is preceded in death by her husband, Jack Reynolds; parents, Rosco and Carrie Gillard; brothers, Bud Gillard, James (Chick) Gillard, and Hubert Gillard, and sisters, Erma Dollar and Artie Moran. Survivors include her daughters, Edwina Dobson of LaBelle, FL, and Beverly Hassell of Salem, OR; sister, Kathy Parkhill; brother, Raymond Gillard; grandchildren, Wade Dobson and Celeste Duke, and a host of adoring nieces and nephews.
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