Shelby J. (Reynolds) Reno, a longtime resident of Hull before retiring to Florida, died on Jan. 14. She was 84.
Shelby is survived by her brother, Dan Reynolds, and sister, Dianne Cabral, both of West Virginia. She leaves her children: Louie Collins and his wife, Patty, of Hull; Bobby Collins, of Florida; Mark Reno and his wife, Sandy, of Marshfield; and Andrea (Reno) McNamee and her husband, Rick, of Florida. She also leaves 11 grandchildren and four great- grandchildren.
Shelby was born in Parkersburg, W. Va. Even after living many years in California before moving to Hull in 1966, she never lost her southern charm, graciousness, and gift of hospitality. That was especially evident during the Blizzard of ’78 when she opened her home to family, friends, and neighbors who were displaced by the storm.
Shelby loved her job at the Atlantic Aquarium, where she worked until she began her career at the Hull Medical Center when it was located on B Street. She continued on in her role as office manager when the facility moved to its current location on George Washington Boulevard and saw it through the expansion, which included a much-needed Pediatric Department. She was very proud of having been instrumental in the hiring of the town’s first full-time pediatrician. After leaving the medical center, she began her beloved job at Talbots, where she forged lifelong and cherished friendships.
Shelby was an avid reader and over the years enjoyed taking walks and volunteering her time and energy in support of town elections. But her driving force and source of joy was her commitment to her family. Her unending support and boundless generosity toward her children and grandchildren were undeniable. She will be deeply missed by everyone who was fortunate enough to know her and share her love and friendship.
Private services will be held at a later date in West Virginia.