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Zela M. Reynolds, 100, of Rutledge, MO, passed away Tuesday, March 4, 2008, at the Scotland County Care Center in Memphis.

The daughter of Edward Patrick and Prudie Caroline (Trickett) Howard, she was born on November 4, 1907, in Scotland County, MO, the youngest of a family of eleven. She spent her entire life in Scotland County, MO., and had lived in Rutledge since October 1935.

Zela attended the Union School. On June 22, 1932, she was married to Ornal

Oren Reynolds of Rutledge, MO, and to this union two daughters were born:   Doris Caroline and Neva Maye. He preceded her in death March 17, 1976.

She was a member of the Rutledge Baptist Church and a 4H Club leader for ten years. Zela was also proud to be a member of the Rutledge Fire Department.

Preceding her in death were her parents; an infant brother; four sisters, Goldie Howard, Allie Rugh, Ora Erickson, and Cleo McNeely; and five brothers, Arthur, Elmer, Eddie, Carl, and Charley Howard.

Survivors include two daughters; Doris Armstrong of Marshall, MO and Neva and husband Nolan Corwin of Morris, IL; grandchildren, Bernard Corwin, Larry and wife Maria Corwin, Pamela Ward and husband Steve, Connie Enger, Leah Eiserer and husband Alan, and Marla Erickson and husband Rick; greatgrandchildren, Angeline and Natalie Corwin, Tina, Keith and Tyler Corwin, Gregory, Brian and Melissa Ward; Matthew and Karly Enger, and Spencer Shannon; and five great great grandchildren.

 Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, March 8, 2008, at the Rutledge Baptist Church in Rutledge, MO, with Pastor Steve Jarvis officiating. Pianist was Rosetta Brown. Pallbearers were Greg Ward, Brian Ward, Keith Corwin, Tyler Corwin, Matthew Enger, and Spencer Shannon. Burial was in the Pauline Cemetery in Rutledge, MO.

Memorials were suggested to Rutledge Baptist Church and can be left at or mailed to the Gerth Funeral Service, 115 S. Main St., Memphis, MO 63555.

Condolences may be sent to the Reynolds family via email at

Arrangements were under the direction of the Gerth Funeral Service from their Memphis chapel.