Olive C. Reynolds, age 101 of King City passed away Monday, April 23, 2012
Celebration of Life:
A Celebration of Life will be held at 1:00 p.m., Monday, April 30, 2012 at Eddington Funeral Services Chapel.
Born December 24, 1910 in Wichita, Kansas, Olive was the last of three children born to Charles and Maude Cubitt. Olive was raised on her mother’s homestead before moving to Long Beach, California as a child. She was a resident of King City for 72 years.
It was in Long Beach that Olive developed life-long talents for dancing, swimming and artwork. At age nine and a half she began taking dance lessons and as a senior in high school she won a poster contest which resulted in an audition with the dance troupe Franchon & Marco. She was hired on the spot and she toured with them across the United States for several years before teaching for them in St. Louis. Years later, after she had met her husband Ray Reynolds and moved to King City, she entertained the town by choreographing and instructing local businessmen and farmers in the all-male cast of the annual King City Lions Club fundraising dance revue, and she also taught dancing to many young aspiring ballerinas.
As a young woman, Olive traveled to Hawaii and then on to Samoa to visit her aunt. It was during this time, and during her time touring as a dancer, that she developed a love for travel. During her lifetime she visited every state in the United States and took several trips with the Silver Kings and Queens and with her husband and their good friends Norwood and Lily Chaney. Olive and her husband Ray traveled across the United States, made a road trip of many weeks through Mexico, went twice to the Panama Canal and to Alaska. Olive’s last trip was when she and Ethel Davis decided to join the Silver Kings and Queens on a cruise to Spain and the Mediterranean when Olive was well into her nineties.
Olive loved to swim and she thought everyone should know how. She helped start the swimming program at the King City Pool. She was a graduate of the National Aquatic School and a certified Red Cross Instructor. She taught swimming to children in South County for forty years. Art was also a large part of Olive’s life. She enjoyed working with different media including oils, water color, sculpture and needlework. She studied with several local artists including John Robie and she received a great deal of pleasure from creating something beautiful.
Olive is survived by her niece Jo Smart of Santa, Idaho, by great nieces and nephews Julie Smart of King City, Jeannie Marie Smart Grant of Stanwood, Washington, Jon Smart of Lincoln, Montana, and James Smart of Carmel, as well as by numerous great, great nieces and nephews including John (Sarah) Conatser and Darcy Conatser both of King City, and by many great, great, great nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her sister-in-law, Chicken Russell of Shandon, and by three nieces, Ann (Arvid) Myhre of San Ardo, Jane (Jonathan) Wooster of San Lucas, and Mary Russell of San Luis Obispo, as well as great niece Julie (Eric) Johnson of Laguna Niguel, California, and great nephews Wes (Sarah) Myhre of Charlottesville, Virginia, and Eric Myhre of Salinas, Theodore (Mardi) Wooster of San Jose, California, and Andrew Wooster of San Francisco; and by the numerous children of her great niece and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her husband Ray Reynolds; by her sister Florence Smart and her brother William Cubitt; by her nephew John Smart and by her great niece Joy Smart Lingo.