Jody Reynolds SAU Assistant Director of Finaancial Aid
In memory of her Mother and Father
Jody Reynolds, is one of the few financial aid staff that stu-
dents can regard as a bearer of good news, one whose letters do not strike incredible fear into students, but offer hope. Yet behind her daily activities of managing upperclassmen awards is a story of loss, forgiveness, and healing. Jody grew up the only girl in her family therefore close to her mother, Phyllis Arnold. Her three brothers got along great with (Top) Jody Reynolds, (bottom) Tom her fun-loving dad always scheming his next practical joke, Reynolds with sons Mathew and and ready for a good laugh. Nathaniel.
“On his 50th birthday the school he worked for threw him a party with some belly dancers, and he got right up there with them and belly danced!” said Jody. While Jody loved the laughter her father brought she was closest to her mother. “We did everything together,” said Jody. Jody recalls helping her mother with household chores, and always working as a team to get them done. It was years later that her father began having some back pains. She knew he was seeing a chiropractor, and everything seemed fine. The chiropractor told him he had a disc out of place, and with no x-rays performed simply told him in a few more visits he could have it adjusted and back to normal. It was also around this time that her father had gallbladder surgery, a routine procedure. After the surgery, however, her father was in even greater pain. He knew something was wrong. They reported back to the hospital, and in March 1996, he was diagnosed with Lymphoma. The disc the chiropractor had mentioned, but not x-rayed, was gone. The Lymphoma had destroyed it and advanced. Treatment options were slim because of how long the cancer had gone