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Peggy Ann Reynolds

November 13, 1940 — November 6, 2020

Peggy Ann Reynolds passed away peacefully with her loving husband and youngest son at her side on November 6,2020 in Bakersfield, California at the age of 79. Peggy was beloved and is survived by her husband Dwight Reynolds, sons, grandsons, as well as several nieces and nephews. She is preceded by her parents Betty and Dick Rutherford, Sr., and brothers Dick Rutherford, Jr. and Ted Rutherford. 


Peggy was born on November 13, 1940 at Miss Freises's Maternity Home in Bakersfield, California. She spent much of her time training to be a dancer. When she was 12,  the San Francisco Ballet wanted her to train with them. Peggy didn't want to leave her parents so she turned down the scholarship. Her talent didn't go to waste. She performed in several performances while attending East Bakersfield High School. Starlight Musical Theater cast her in the dance leads for several different musicals. During and after graduating from East Bakersfield High School, she continued to dance and act with Bakersfield Community Theater. Peggy also set choreography for various high school performances. While active in the performing arts, she worked as a secretary for the Bakersfield Education Center; Bakersfield Convention and Visitor Bureau; Kern County Probation, and then as a legal secretary. 


Peggy's life changed when a friend introduced her to Dwight in December 1978.  She fell in love with Dwight and his sons. From the start, she embraced the boys as her own. They were lovingly cared for and encouraged to participate in various sports and activities. After a leisurely 2 and 1/2 year courtship, one of Dwight's sons lost patience with his Dad's slow pace. He proposed to Peggy on behalf of his dad. She said his dad needed to pop that question. They were married May 15, 1981. Everyone agreed it was a match literally made in heaven. Their commitment and love for each other was inspiring to the younger generation. About eight years ago, they received a gut punch. Peggy was diagnosed with a debilitating disease. Their love of Jesus helped them cope with it one day at a time. Their nieces and nephews want to praise and give thanks to their Uncle Dwight for his tireless devotion up to the day she died. 


A memorial service celebrating her life is anticipated to be held in May 2021 at Bakersfield National Cemetery in Arvin. The specific date will be announced in the future. The family wants to give a thank you to the wonderful staff of Hoffman Hospice. In the loving memory of Peggy, the family asks that those who loved and cared for Peggy make a contribution to their favorite charity. A memorial page has been set up at Please share your favorite memories and photos. We will be updating this site as we receive more detailed specific information about her memorial service


"She is a woman of strength and dignity and has no fear of old age. When she speaks, her words are wise, and kindness is the rule for everything she says. She watches carefully all that goes on throughout her household and is never lazy.  Her children stand and bless her, so does her husband. He praises her with these words. "There are many fine women in the world, but you are the best of them all."  Proverbs 31: 25-29.

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