GIVING TIME – Debe Brincefield of the Sitka Salvation Army helps distribute food at the Salvation Army on Sawmill Creek Road this afternoon. More than 50 Sitkans were lined up at noon to receive Thanksgiving baskets that included frozen turkeys and fresh vegetables. Food drives were held recently at all Sitka grocery stores to help stock the pantry. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

Mary Reynolds

Mary Reynolds

Mary Reynolds, an OB nurse at Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital for many years, died suddenly on Wednesday March 29, 2017, in Hinckley, Minn. She was 66.
She was a wife, mother, sister and nurse, who lovingly welcomed many babies into the world. She was a compassionate and caring person who touched the lives of all she met.
She was born July 14, 1950, in St. Paul, Minn., the daughter of Ernest and Virginia Fishback. She started her nursing career in 1970, working first at Red Lake. Minn.,  for several years and then moving to Sitka.
Mary later became a counselor in the local Wisewoman (Well-Integrated Screening and Evaluation for WOMen Across the Nation) program, helping numerous women learn and maintain lasting heart-healthy lifestyles throughout Alaska.
In the late 2000s, Mary moved back to Minnesota and lived in Finlayson, where she worked as a station secretary at Essentia Hospital in Sandstone. She enjoyed working with the staff and patients in her new role.
Mary loved making quilts, doing beadwork and playing bingo.  She especially loved hanging out with her nieces, nephews, and their families.
She was preceded in death by her son David and her parents Ernest and Virginia Fishback.
She is survived by her husband Mike of Finlayson and loving daughter Heidi, of Seattle, as well as her sisters Margaret (Dan) Courteau and Irene Simmons.
Her kindness and gentle spirit will be missed by all who knew her.
There will be a celebration of Mary’s life 1-4 p.m. July 15 in Hinckley, Minn.
The family would appreciate memorials made to the American Heart Association in Mary’s name.

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