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HELEN HART REYNOLDS
Helen Hart Reynolds was born in Wuhu, China on Oct. 7, 1910 to Edgerton and Caroline Hart.
As Methodist missionaries, Edgerton was a doctor at the Wuhu hospital and Caroline was a nurse.
Edgerton came down with Typhus fever and passed away when Helen was only three years old. Helen
returned to the United States with her mother and other siblings in 1914.
The family then traveled to Chicago, Illinois where Caroline’s brother lived. Caroline’s brother
assisted the family until they could afford to buy a small home. In 1922, the family moved to Carmel,
New York where they lived until 1925. While in Carmel, the Hart family became close friends with
the MacClellan family (Mr. MacClellan would later become the President of MacMurray College.)
The Hart and the MacClellan families would later both relocate to Jacksonville, Illinois. Helen attended
MacMurray College and graduated in 1931. After graduation, Helen and her mother moved to
Chicago, Illinois. At this stage in both their lives, Helen and her mother became very close. Helen
enrolled in some post-graduate courses at the University of Chicago to ascertain teaching credentials.
At the University
of Chicago she met her husband to be Stanley (Stan) Reynolds. They were married in 1937. Helen
taught art history and French for a short time in Chicago.
In 1938, Helen & Stan traveled to Redlands, California to meet Stan’s parents. They would
subsequently live with them from 1939 to 1940. During World War II, Helen and Stan lived in Silver
Spring, Maryland. Stan was employed by the U.S. Navy, and was working in Washington, D.C., and
Helen was taking care of the home front. After the war, Helen and Stan returned to Redlands,
California where they lived for a short time. Stan was employed by Radio Station KPRO in Riverside,
California. They then moved to Brawley, California where Stan was involved with the installation of
more radio station locations for KPRO, and Helen was occupied in volunteer work for the community.
Helen loved the desert, but hated the cockroaches and other insects.
Their next move was to Riverside, California where they lived for a few years before finally settling
in Corona, California. Helen continued her volunteer work with the Red Cross in Riverside and
Corona. She was a life time member of the Corona Women’s Club, and served for several years as
their president. Helen was honored many times for the endless hours spent helping her community.
In 1965, Helen became actively involved in a successful political campaign to elect John Tunney to the
United States House of Representatives for California’s 38 district. Tunney later became a United
States Senator. Stan was now back working for the Navy, and was transferred to the Naval Air
Weapons Station in China Lake, California. Helen and Stan rented out their home in Corona and
moved to China Lake where they lived on the base. Helen at age 60 + learned to fly a Cessna 150
aircraft and acquired a pilot’s license while living at China Lake. Helen was very proud of this
Helen and Stan would now purchase property in the high desert community of Landers, California.
Their intention was to construct a second “get away” home. Helen quickly became a master carpenter
working alongside husband Stan in the early construction stages. Many weekends, plus vacation hours,
were spent in this endeavor. Helen became a real desert rat, enjoying the wildlife and solitude of the
new home site which was located on a rocky hillside. Helen was interested in astronomy, and the clear
desert skies provided ample opportunity to indulge in one of her favorite pastimes-star gazing.
After Stan’s retirement in 1975, Helen and Stan move back to their home in Corona, California.
Helen continued her volunteer work in the community and the Red Cross. With Stan’s passing in
November of 1988, Helen sold their home in Corona and moved to the retirement community,
“Plymouth village” in Redlands, California. Helen purchased a comfortable two bedroom home there.
Here she lived and enjoyed the quiet life and made many friends. She was active in this new retirement
community, and became a member of several committees. As a member of one of the social
committees, she was responsible for scheduling all of the entertainment for the complex, a position she
held for several years.
Helen’s last “hurrah” was her 95 birthday party at Plymouth Village where many family members
and friends joined her for champagne & cake.
Helen Hart Reynolds passed away on March 22 , 2006. She supported “The Caroline Maddock
Hart Nursing Scholarship Fund” at MacMurray College and donated a very generous amount to that
Helen was a very special person and much loved by all who knew her.
1st / 2nd & 3rd Generation of Crawford's, Eikelmann's and Green's with family's surrounding
the matriarch Carolyn Hart Crawford.
More to be added at a later date