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Obituary of Kaye Reynolds Root


Kaye left us to be with the lord on Friday January 21 after a prolonged illness and stay at Saint Joseph’s Hospital in Syracuse. It was her desire to leave on her terms. Kaye passed away very peacefully surrounded by her loving family.

Kaye was born May 26, 1947, in Norwich, NY. She was the daughter of Ralph and Myra Reynolds. She is the only sister of her brothers Gary Reynolds (Marcia) of Hornell, NY and Terry Reynolds (Janet) of Fairmont, NY. As a child she loved playing with her cousins and brothers for endless hours. She graduated from Norwich High School in 1965, then attending the State University of New York at Cobleskill. She received an associates degree in early childhood education.

While still attending college she met her future husband Gary, and in 1969 they were married. They had a wonderful and loving marriage that lasted for over 52 years. A few years after marrying they were blessed with a son Max. And some time later a daughter Sara (Christopher Carmen). Kaye was a devoted and loving mother. Her family was her life, and it took no effort to notice.

Many years later Kaye’s greatest wish came true with the birth of her first grandson Christopher Carmen II. She was delighted three more times by the births of Paige, Elizabeth and Alexis. Kaye’s grandchildren meant everything to her. They were never far off in her mind. Kaye counted the minutes until she might see them all again. All of them were greatly aware of “nanas” love for them. It was always race when they got to her house to see who could sit and read a story or play a game with Nana first! True happiness filled Kaye’s heart whenever she was in the presence of her grandchildren.

It was the little things in life that Kaye truly loved. She was much more content going for rides in the country, going on picnics, or just going out to dinner with our dear friends Bob and Sherrie Keep. Kaye loved fishing, camping, hiking, and just about anything else she could do outdoors. She also loved her pets, starting first with Pansy and continuing today with Nilla.

Kaye’s life would never be complete without mention of her career as an educator. Like her family life, her professional life revolved around the care and appreciation of children. Kaye left her mark at a number of schools and institutions.

Her first start came at Camp Jened in Hunter, NY. She mentioned numerous times throughout her life the impact of working at this place had on her. She then worked at Opportunities for Chenango Nursery School with her future sister-in-law Marcia. Widening her experience even more, Kaye took a job at the Sun-mount Developmental Center in Tupper Lake, NY as a physical therapy assistant.

After marrying Gary, they moved to Oswego, NY where Gary was finishing college. Kaye continued her work as a special ed teaching assistant at a local school. Kaye took several years off to raise Max and Sara. When Sara entered kindergarten, Kaye felt she was once again ready for the workforce. She took at position at Groton Central School, again as a teacher’s aide. She spent many wonderful years making friends and building relationships until her retirement in 2003. However shortly after, Kaye decided retirement wasn’t for her. She applied at the OCMBOCES McEvoy campus in Cortland, where she worked for six years till heath issues forced her once again into retirement.

It is the family’s choice that there will be no traditional services. Instead, we have chosen to have a celebration of Kaye’s life on June 11, 2022 at Dwyer Memorial Park in Little York, NY. Kaye was always very positive and happy. This is the exact kind of celebration she would have wanted. Happy times, good food, and great stories about her. If you are interested in joining our celebration, please email Gary at rusty84chevy@yahoo.com or Max at max_13077@yahoo.com and we will add you to the list! You can also message Max on facebook or call/text @ 607-423-2031.

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