Elaine S. (Shireman) ReynoldsJanuary 22, 1962 ~ November 4, 2017 (age 55)
Elaine Reynolds was born to Thomas Junior and Bonnie Jean Roy Shireman on January 22, 1962 in Longview, TX. Elaine remained in Longview her entire life, graduating from Longview High School in 1980. Elaine left this world November 4, 2017 after a short but difficult battle with cancer.
Elaine Reynolds …a woman of valor, the victor in a challenge. No better friend could anyone have and to say she was the best mother ever is an understatement. The loves of her life were her two daughters, Jennifer Elaine & Megan Elizabeth. Their relationship resembles a triple braided cord; one cord standing alone is weak, two cords standing back to back can conquer but a triple braided cord is not easily broken. Elaine, the protector, the provider, the fierce one when it came to her girls. Her love for her daughters led to participating with them in many sporting organizations including the Longview Girls Softball Association. A team mom for many years to both girls and a member of the LGSA board.
Besides her girls, Elaine’s heart and loyalty lies with the city of Longview. As a Certified Meeting Planner, she was a logistics master. She organized many major events including Christmas at the Courthouse, Christmas Parade, Alley Fest, Brown Bag Lunch, which later turned into the now well-known Downtown Live, boat shows, July 4th Freedom Fireworks, Rockers, Riders & Ribs, and many more. She had a love for and supported local musicians which played a large part in her vision and creation of Downtown Live. Elaine had the ability to see the “big picture.” She was above board and ethical in negotiating solutions.
Elaine was the essence of the Great Texas Balloon Race, it was her greatest passion. Her methodical and sometimes mischievous way of managing the pilots resulted in her being the center point of the balloon race. GTBR and Elaine are synonyms to most pilots, volunteers and crew—one could not go without the other. Because of her tremendous dedication to the event, she became a 2 -time Rudie Bresie Award Winner, Board Chair for 2 years, secretary for too many years to count, and a volunteer emeritus.
Elaine’s gregarious personality will forever be remembered through the legacy she has created in Longview. She loved “selling” Longview and seeing it prosper. She was indeed a ‘Champion” for Longview and an unforgettable friend that will never be forgotten. Elaine was a force to be reckoned with and left a definite mark on Longview. Longview is a better place because of Elaine Reynolds.
Preceding her in death were her parents and numerous aunts & uncles. Those left to cherish her memory are her daughters, Jennifer Elaine Reynolds and Megan Elizabeth Reynolds; first cousins Woodie Meyers, and wife Delores; second cousins Gary and Keith Meyers.
Elaine was loved by many; she was rich with hundreds of friends and she never met a stranger. She leaves these precious friends, from across the U.S., with joyful, happy memories of days spent with her. Special among all her many friends are lifelong friend LaJean Stubbs Sturman and husband Daniel, and BFF Jerry Trice.
Visitation for Elaine will be held Wednesday, November 8th, 5:00-7:00 p.m., at Welch Funeral Home on Judson Rd. A Celebration of Life will be held in the weeks to come. The Family offers special thanks to the staff of Texas Oncology, specifically Dr. Lijo John, and all the awesome nurses on Christus Good Shepherd A600. In lieu of customary remembrances, memorials may be made to the Great Texas Balloon Race – Soft Winds Fund at P. O. Box 1952, Longview, TX 75606 or One Hundred Acres of Heritage, IMO Elaine Reynolds, P. O. Box 1952, Longview, TX 75606.