Variety mourns the loss of our great friend and Variety matriarch, Jody Reynolds

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Wednesday, June 5, 2019


Variety is deeply saddened by the loss of our dear friend and matriarch, Jody Reynolds. Jody was not only dedicated to Variety and the children of Iowa, she was also a powerful advocate for children across the globe. A worldwide community mourns the loss and celebrates the extraordinary life of this remarkable woman who devoted her life to make children’s lives better.


As stated by Rosalie Gallagher, "To know Jody was to love her. She exuded goodness and integrity in all of her endeavors. Her huge, magnificent smile with those curly red locks and freckles could capture an audience. Jody was strong but gentle. She believed her dear husband, Stan, and her children, Stan W, Suzanne, Erin, Brooks and Katherine were first in her life and then, Variety and the community were her next passions. Being of service was emblazed on Jody's forehead. At such a sad time for all of us we must remember why we are so grief stricken. It's because our Jody had the biggest heart and love radiated from her every pore. Special people like Jody never leave us, they are indelibly engrained in our lives and forever in our hearts and thoughts."


 Jody’s lifelong passion shone through with everything she did as a tireless champion for children. Her steadfast dedication was to give each child the opportunity to have a better life. We will miss her terribly but we will be reminded of her caring heart every day as we witness the philanthropic footprint that she left behind in our community and around the world. 


Arrangements for Jody Reynolds

Visitation from 4:00-7:00 p.m. at Dunn’s Chapel and funeral service will be held Monday at 10 a.m. at St. Augustin Catholic Church in Des Moines, with burial immediately following at Glendale Cemetery.


If you would like to make a gift in memory of Jody, click here.

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