Judith “Judi” Diane Reynolds • January 30, 2021

The most beautiful mother and wife, Judith “Judi” Diane Reynolds, entered heaven January 30, 2021 while surrounded by her children as they sang Elvis’ version of Amazing Grace and How Great Thou Art. We believe the singing continued upon her joyous reunion with parents, Harry and Delia Bridges; husband Harry Mitchell; and husband Ed Lewis.

Judi was born in Carbondale IL and spent her teenage years in Northwest Indiana where she attended Emerson High School. She married Harry Mitchell at the age of 16 and they raised 5 children together who survive to treasure her memory; sons, Patrick Mitchell, David Mitchell (Monica), H. Sean Mitchell (Tiffany); daughters, Diane Hodges (Rex), Mary Mitchell (James Wirtes); step daughters, Renee Thompson, Raina Lansing; granddaughter Amber Morse; and 16 other grandchildren; and 8 great grandchildren.

Judi has resided in Pensacola, FL since 2004 where she and devoted husband, Ray Reynolds, are active members of the Church of Christ at Milestone. She was also a life member of the Indiana University Alumni Association and a member of the Panhandle Cruisers. Judi worked as a teacher for the Gary Community School Corporation for 28 years where she enriched the lives of many adult and young learners. However, her impact on earth extended far beyond the confines of cinderblock schoolhouses.

Judi was a giver and generously shared her time and talents with those she loved, and those in need. She cooked, wrote poetry, cleaned, visited, sent cards, financially aided, and prayed to show her love, and to share the love of Christ with others. She also gifted others with her marvelous sense of humor and uninhibited laughter. Judi was an altogether lovely woman of God that will be dearly missed and forever adored.

The family will receive friends for visitation at Pensacola Memorial Gardens Funeral Home Friday, February 5, 2021 from 1:00-2:00pm with funeral service to follow at 2:00pm. The service will be live-streamed via webcasting for anyone that cannot attend.

You may watch the webcast live and/or for 90 days after day of service by entering this website address into one of the compatible browsers (Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox on a Windows computer/phone or Safari on an Apple Mac/Iphone).
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If you have any questions, please contact Pensacola Memorial Gardens at 850-944-0355.
A special thanks to everyone who lifted up the Mitchell and Reynolds family in prayer and shared kindhearted memories and encouragement.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Judi’s memory to Northwest Florida Biblical School of Studies, 4051 Stefani Road, Cantonment, FL 32533.

  1. Joe &Camilla Wirtes says:

    Beautiful woman gone to soon. It was a joy knowing you. You’re in God’s hands now. RIP Judi.

  2. Rhonda and Bob Burtnett says:

    Judi—You finished the race before all of us. In the words that Elvis Presley sings, “I’ll Remember You”.

  3. Jan Shea says:

    Aunt Judi, I always think of you when I see waffles and have so many memories of you growing up. I’m blessed to have known you and thankful for the legacy you left behind in your amazing children and grandchildren.

  4. Tellers at Synovus Pine Forest Branch says:

    Mrs. Reynolds was the sweetest lady and always had a smile on her face. We will miss seeing her and her “Elvis’ mask! Our deepest condolences to her family.

  5. Rhonda Presley Burtnett says:

    It was the greatest joy of my life to meet Judi and become friends. We had a very SPECIAL BOND between us both and that BOND was the love of Elvis Presley and his music. We shared our books about his life and even liked certain pictures better than others. It’s as if we had the same thoughts and likes. Every card Judi sent me during my difficult days and weeks had different pictures of Elvis Presley on each of them and I have EVERY ONE of them in my SPECIAL COLLECTION along with the envelope if it also had an Elvis stamp on it. I listen to my Elvis Presley music every day and the car radio remains on the Elvis dial so each and every day Judi will always remain close in my heart and memories. Her beautiful smile and her thoughtfulness will never be forgotten. My prayers for Ray, all the children and grandchildren are in my thoughts and prayers. Two of the many songs by Elvis Presley is:
    “I Remember You” and “Memories” will be at the top of my list when it comes to remembering my friend, Judi Reynolds, a sweet loving and caring woman who always brightened my day whether at worship service with a beautiful smile and neck hug or receiving her cards to cheer me up. Rhonda “Presley ” Burtnett

  6. Cheryl A. Simmons says:

    I was truly blessed to have been able to call you “friend” and my sister in Christ. You will be deeply missed.

  7. Donna Mackovyak says:

    Aunt Judi, We have great memories of you. You have always been very loving and caring to us. Every time we saw you, you brought joy to our heart. Death takes the body. God takes the soul. Our mind holds the memories. Our heart keeps the love. Our faith let’s us know we will meet again. You will always be special to us. Tom and Donna

  8. Tammy Dykstra Wanless says:

    I always remember the laughter and joy between Judi and my Grandma. They would light up a room together. The story of them with my sister and Mary and black licorice is one that I will always remember. They were sitting on the front row at church and some of them ate the licorice. They realized that it stained their teeth and looked like teeth were missing. They all started giggling while trying to not be a distraction on the front row, which seemed to make them giggle even more.

    I love that memory as it is who they were together. Two friends supporting each other and finding joy in life together.

  9. Judi was a true friend to my mother, Joanne Smith, back in their Indiana days. They wrote poetry and shared their work with each other. So many GREAT memories. God has asked for the loan of Judi’s life to be repaid back to Him. She used her life so well. The scripture that comes to mind .”Well done, good and faithful servant.” We were blessed to know her!

  10. Doris Emmons says:

    Judi, was a blessing to so many. She not only talked the
    talk, she walked the walk. She loved unconditionally. There will never be another Judi. Gone from this life to live eternally with God and Jesus,forever. I pray we will live a life that is approving to our Master. RIP,dear special friend. Love you so much. You will be sorely missed.
    Frank & Doris Emmons

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