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Effie Cleora McReynolds, a 97-year-old lifelong resident of Trenton, entered Heavens gates Wednesday morning, December 28, 2022 at the family home where she had resided for 76 years.

Graveside Services were held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, January 3, 2023, at the family plot in Edinburg Cemetery, formerly Edinburg I.O.O.F. Cemetery. The Rev. Steve Martin, pastor of Wesley United Methodist Church, officiated the services.

Cleora, the daughter of Vernie E and Zola Mae Ridge Witten, was born Dec. 19, 1925 at the family farm near Jamesport. She attended Charity grade school near Jamesport and was a 1943 graduate from Trenton High School. She married Gene McReynolds on July 14, 1946 in Trenton where they resided together in the home that Mr. McReynolds built for them in 1946. Mr. McReynolds preceded her in death on August 18, 1995.

Cleora began her working career as a telephone operator for Southwestern Bell. She also worked part-time through the years at Mattingly™s, Gambles and Adams Paint and Paper. Cleora was an avid bridge player and enjoyed having coffee with friends. She was a member of the Wesley United Methodist Church, several bridge clubs, the TASK Club and the Riverside Country Club.

Survivors include one daughter, Patty Maples and husband, Dennis of Winter Garden, FL; one brother, Gearld Witten and wife, Mary Ann of Emporia, KS; one sister-in-law, Ida Lou Witten of Portales, NM; two grandchildren, Christopher and Jennifer Maples, both of Winter Garden, FL; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband and parents, Cleora was preceded in death by her sister, Beulah Pollard; and a brother, Vernie Witten Jr.

Cleora really cherished the time she spent with her family and her friends all through the years. She will be dearly missed by all those who loved her.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests contributions to St. Jude™s Children™s Hospital in memory of Cleora McReynolds. They may be left with or mailed to Slater-Neal Funeral Home of Trenton.