A Sacred Moment


Muriel Eva Barker Reynolds

May 25, 1931 - July 28, 2011

A life filled with travel, family, laughter, and love.

Muriel passed away peacefully on July 28th, 2011 in Edmonds, Washington. She was born on May 25th, 1931 in Littleton, Maine to Guy Barker and Maude Stanlake. The youngest of three sisters, Muriel was raised on the family farm and graduated from Maine Central Institute when she was 18. She triumphed over Rheumatic fever and polio to live a life filled with travel, family, laughter, and love. Among her many amazing feats was self-publishing a book on her family history called Some Came Sailing. She was also a very experimental cook, collecting recipes and rarely serving the same meal twice.

Through the course of her life, she worked as a registrar at Bellevue Community College, a homemaker, and a book keeper for Infinite Technologies Inc. Muriel loved to read and hunt bargains at garage or rummage sales. She had a fondness for seashells, daisies, dolphins and ladybugs.

Muriel met her husband, Pete, in 1952 at a square dance in Denver, Colorado and spent the next 59 years married at his side. When the two adventurers weren't 'settled' in Maine, Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada, Arizona, or Washington state, they were off exploring England, Australia, Canada, Costa Rica, Mexico, Russia, and the Cook Islands.

She will be remembered for her courage, her free spirit, her cheerfulness, her laugh, her sense of humor, and her vitality. She was a devoted Christian and beautiful soul who found peace in her Lord.

Muriel is survived by husband Athol "Pete" Reynolds; sisters Madeline "Tillie" Ball and Arline Norgaard; sons Glen Reynolds (Cindy) and Ken Reynolds (Cindy); daughter Sherry Anderson; stepdaughter Darlene Wimmer (Pete); grandchildren Adam Reynolds, Aubrey Reynolds, Rachel Anderson, and Kelly Anderson; great grandchild William Reynolds; and numerous step grandchildren and great grandchildren.


Her memorial service will be held on Friday, August 5th at 3:00 PM at the Monte Villa Farmhouse in Bothell.


Muriel had requested that donations be made to The Pine Tree Society in Bath, Maine, or End Polio Now (Rotary International).



The year was 1952 and there were many things to rearrange
I had met the girl of my dreams, now many things would change.
We decided June 29 was to be our wedding date,
it took a little doing but neither one was late.
My lady went along with me in every thing I tried to do,
when times were hard and days were long she would help me through.
Our God was our salvation through laughter and through tears
I hope she knew my love grew deeper as we counted off the years.
As I look up to the heavens I see a golden twinkling star,
to remind me she is here with me no matter where we are.
Dear Lady while I am able to write I want the world to know,
there is no end to the list of reasons why I love you so.
From the East coast to the West coast and the places in between,
I'm left with a mountain of memories of the sights we have seen.
The many things we did together brought you closer to my heart,
until the Lord shall call my name we two shall never part.
I ask my God to help me show my love for you each day
and he has helped me many times if I seemed to lose my way.
I have loved you always through laughter and through tears,


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