Merle Singleton Reynolds passed away peacefully at Lexington Medical Center on September 3rd, 2023, after a time of poor health. Merle is survived by her daughter, Adrea Reynolds; her grandchildren, Ysabel, Lucas, and Mary Catherine; her much beloved great grandson, Benjamin; and her sister, Judy Longshore.
Merle attended Clemson University’s inaugural nursing class and dedicated much of her life to helping others. She was witty and kind, good to those around her and undoubtedly smart. She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, to whom she was known as “Mim” and spent her last years getting to know her great grandson, much to her absolute delight. Merle also enjoyed reading, collecting angel art and figurines, ice cold Fresca, cats, watching television from a warm chair and dinners with her family. She was not a traditional grandmother but she was our anchor when life got stormy. She left behind a legacy which includes snacks of mini marshmallows and the love of Jamocha shakes from Arby’s. Sometimes we would feed the ducks behind her apartment. She would pat us down with baby powder when we slept over and the smell still reminds us of her. She spent years perfecting a recipe for Greek dressing and we ate so many salads we got sick of them. We took her to the beach one year to see a full moon and she got stuck sitting in the sand. We laughed so hard we garnered the attention of other beach-goers, but we did not care because it was a moment for only us. She also had a way of making people feel comfortable in their own skin.
Merle leaves behind countless memories that are borderline inappropriate to share in an obituary, but will stay with us and make us laugh for as long as we live. She will be deeply missed by everyone who loves her.