REYNOLDS, Beverly May March 20, 1948 - January 11, 2017 Survived by her devoted husband (John) David Smith; stepson and daughter-in-law Jason and Sonia Smith; granddaughters Mila and Sofia; stepmother Lois; sister-in-law Corinna Reynolds; nieces Katrina and Sabrina; brother and sister-in-law Cliff and Sherry; Beverly was predeceased by her brother Ken and parents Irene and Roy Reynolds. Beverly was a rare "born and raised" Calgarian, an avid devotee of the Calgary Stampede parade and chucks, and a lifelong fan of the Calgary Stampeders. Her love of business and community came together when she served as a Director on many Calgary boards including Canada's 2005 Expo bid. Beverly was a trailblazer and just the second woman in Canada to join the Canadian Public Relations Society (CPRS) in 1974. Deeply respected by her peers, she was an accredited member of the Canadian and American Public Relations societies and the recipient of several Society- sponsored awards. In 2003, she received a lifetime membership from the Canadian Society. She was instrumental in Mount Royal University's decision to seek Applied Degree status for their Communications program and lobbied the provincial government to achieve that goal, and received an Honorary Degree in Applied Communications in 1996. Beverly was an extraordinary public relations talent, working with local, national and international clients. During her 40 years in the profession, Beverly counselled clients in all aspects of government, media, community and employee relations, and special events. She was a highly sought-after presentation and media coach, training hundreds of people including corporate executives, engineers, First Nations' leaders, lawyers, field personnel, construction managers and school board chairs from Vancouver to Montreal and south to Texas. Throughout her career, Beverly mentored countless young professionals, many of whom became close friends. Her trademark red hair was reflective of the fierce, fiery spirit in which she approached both her personal and professional life. Her positive energy, rich laughter, straight-shooting advice and huge, kind heart made her a dear friend to many. Her friendship circle was vast, encompassing people from all walks of life and of all ages. She delighted in spending time with her friends and was always game for an adventure. With a personal passion for politics, she never backed down from a good debate, but it was always in great fun. In 2001, Beverly married her true love and chief partner in crime, John David Smith. Throughout their 20-year-plus relationship, they shared a love of travel, sports, music and adventure. Together, they gave back to the Calgary community through their generous spirits and volunteer work. They were instrumental in organizing Inn from the Cold's community inns at Knox United Church, where their collective heart for the homeless inspired many, and encouraged those who were hurting. Beverly adored her "girls" - nieces Katrina and Sabrina, and granddaughters Mila and Sofia. She treasured every moment with them and delighted in sharing their adventures and achievements. Beverly faced cancer in the same way she approached any challenge in her life. She was strong for her loved ones, and could always find a reason to laugh. Her promise to all who knew and loved her was that she will always be "in your pocket" and her spirit will remain throughout their lives. She will be incredibly missed. A Memorial Service will be held at Knox United Church, (506 - 4 Street SW, Calgary) on Friday, January 20, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com . In living memory of Beverly Reynolds, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park.
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