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Francis Reynolds, 89

Frances “Fran” Reynolds of Westport, former senior services coordinator for the Town of Westport and an inspiration to seniors in the community, died May 25. She was 89.

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Beloved by many who made her acquaintance over the years, Reynolds held the senior services position for almost 25 years and received numerous awards during that time.

A Westport resident for 56 years, she was the wife of the late Robert “Bob” Reynolds.

Francis Kord Reynolds was born July 31, 1928, in Arlington, Massachusetts, daughter of the late Lucy and Zigmont Kord.

Fran was an amazing and inspiring woman whose laugh and smile warmed all those who knew her. She loved going to Compo Beach, gardening in her yard, going to New York City, but most of all, spending time with her family and friends who she viewed as her greatest gifts.

She graduated class of 1949 at Wellesley College and then attended Yale University for graduate studies as one of the first few female students.

Following her education, she worked with a great sense of pride for the National Tuberculosis Association and the American Lung Association in New York City.

It was there that she met and married, the love of her life, Bob and moved to Westport.

She was on the board of directors for the Southwestern Connecticut Agency on Aging, Visiting Nurse and Hospice of Fairfield County, Friends of the Westport Center for Senior Activities and served on numerous committees.

Her awards include AARP’s Senior Star of the Year Award (2009), Service to Older Adults Award (2012) and Service to Seniors Award (2010 and 2017).

She was a dedicated and loving mother and grandmother.

She was predeceased by her sister, Lucille Kord Leland, her nephew, David Leland, and her grandson, Jon Levesque. She is survived by her children, Suzanne and Vincent Baum of Connecticut; Dorothy and David Verani of New Hampshire; granddaughters, Megan, Katie, Kiera and Julia; and her nephew Alan Leland, niece Nancy McGuinty as well as 10 great-nieces and nephews. She will also be missed by Bob’s daughter, Carolann, her grandson, Kent and great grandchildren, Danielle and Luke.

Her spirit will live on in her family and in the many hearts she touched.

Visiting hours are Thursday, May 31 from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at Collins Funeral Home, 92 East Ave., Norwalk, followed by an 11 a.m. Catholic mass at Saint Luke Church,  49 Turkey Hill Road North, Westport. Relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend.

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