Cen­tral Bank Awards Judy Reynolds Cit­i­zen of Quar­ter

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Cen­tral Bank pre­sented Judy Reynolds with the Cen­tral Bank Good Cit­i­zen Award to honor her for the im­mense im­pact she’s had on Payson’s se­nior cit­i­zens. Reynolds re­ceived the award on Thurs­day, Septem­ber 18 at a small open house at Cen­tral Bank in Payson.

Judy Reynolds spent many years car­ing for el­derly mem­bers of her im­me­di­ate fam­ily. In 2002, when her mother moved to Payson to live with her, Reynolds wanted her to have op­por­tu­ni­ties to make friends and to feel com­fort­able in her new com­mu­nity so she took her to Payson’s se­nior cen­ter to get her signed up. While at the cen­ter that day, she de­cided she wanted to work there with the se­niors and spent the next 11 years do­ing just that.

Reynolds spent the first three years as a part-time em­ployee at the cen­ter and worked full-time as the se­nior cen­ter di­rec­tor for the fol­low­ing eight years. Dur­ing that time she spent count­less hours plan­ning trips, or­ga­niz­ing par­ties and meals, and ar­rang­ing ac­tiv­i­ties like ceram­ics, bingo, wood carv­ing and line danc­ing to name a few. Reynolds also took great care and no­tice of the se­niors out­side of her du­ties at the cen­ter by mak­ing sure to pay hos­pi­tal vis­its, send flow­ers to those griev­ing the death of a spouse, or by drop­ping by a se­nior’s home with a treat to brighten their day.

“I be­came very close friends with many peo­ple down at the cen­ter—it was my home away from home,” said Reynolds. “My love of the se­niors is very strong. There are so many that re­ally do need help and I feel like I did my part to make them happy and make them feel good.”

Reynolds says her hus­band of 44 years, Paul Reynolds, a Payson na­tive, helped her ac­com­plish much of what she did at the se­nior cen­ter. From mak­ing lit­tle re­pairs at the cen­ter, to help­ing shop and cook for events, Reynolds said Paul was al­ways very in­volved and will­ing to serve.

“Paul was my right-hand man the whole time. I couldn’t have done half of what I did with­out him,” said Reynolds.

Reynold’s is the proud mother of six chil­dren, and is en­joy­ing the ad­di­tion of 16 grand­chil­dren. Though there were many times in her 11 years at the se­nior cen­ter that she missed out on things with her own fam­ily, Reynolds said she knew what she was do­ing there was very im­por­tant and she’s grate­ful for the op­por­tu­nity she had to help out.

Photo Cour­tesy of Payson Chron­i­cle.

Judy Reynolds ac­cepts Cit­i­zen of Quar­ter award.

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