REYNOLDS: Holly Karmel Reynolds. Holly was born October 19, 1970 to Glenda Lee (Thorpe) and Harry Nelson Reynolds. She grew up on the family farm with two older brothers, Conway and Troy, and a younger sister Terri. She always loved horses. She got her first horse Twinkles, when she was about twelve years old. Another animal she loved was Timber, a husky cross who looked more like a wolf, but was Holly’s best friend until his end. Holly was always very athletic, playing baseball, ringette, hockey, swimming, horseback riding and any sport on the go. She attended Valley City State University in North Dakota with visions of becoming a Phys. Ed. teacher. She attended on a Baseball Scholarship and played many tournaments in the US with her team plus one in Hawaii. She was very proud of a bat she won at a National tournament in Ontario. Before finishing her studies she returned home to the farm. She found employment with the Manitoba Telephone System out of Portage la Prairie where she worked until she set up her own PMU operation. She loved the horses and farming until the company shut down in 2002. She worked temporarily with the Rural Municipality of North Cypress and Agricore, before starting at Shilo where she worked maintenance jobs, mostly in the sunshine and fresh air, until presently. Hunting and fishing were always in Holly’s life. Fishing trips to Snow Lake became an annual highlight. Holly seemed to love the outdoors during all four seasons. She enjoyed quadding and motorbiking as well as skidooing. She used to lead a group of friends on a skidoo trip to town to enjoy the fun at the ladies bonspiel each year and then make sure everyone got home again safely. Her curling skills were good enough to win recognition during high school but as an adult were usually kept to fun type bonspiels. Hockey however was another story. Holly played hockey passionately. She sometimes played with more than one team at a time just to get lots of games in. She didn’t showboat, although she could have, she always tried to help the weaker players on her team get a goal. That gave her more pleasure than scoring herself. If they were playing against a very strong team, you could always count on Holly to even the score. Another winter pastime was training her team of horses to pull the sleigh and proudly giving rides to whoever wanted. On one of these family sleigh rides the kids remember an incident when Holly’s little niece Josie fell off. In later conversation, it was suggested one of her sisters may have pushed her. In recent years Holly got the camping bug, and would head out on the road with her camper. After setting up camp in some park or another she would get her bike out and ride for miles on all the trails the park might offer. Holly was predeceased by an infant sister in 1969 and her father Harry in 2001. She leaves to mourn her mother Glenda, brothers Conway (Betty), Troy (Angie), sister Terri Enns (Duane), nieces and nephews Trent (Kristin) Balciunas, Bryce Balciunas, Carly, Blayne, Becky, Kaitlyn, Josie, Rylee and Gage Balciunas, Lloyd, Rhonda and Holly Enns, loving Aunts and Uncles and many friends and teammates.
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