Brighton's Hannah Reynolds set for centennial celebration this week

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By Crystal Nelson

BRIGHTON — Hannah M. (Morrison) Reynolds is preparing to celebrate a major milestone. Born July 13, 1914, she’s turning 100 this weekend.

Hannah was born on a farm near Walbach, Neb., to Hans and Mary Morrison, one of six children. She attended a country school in Greeley County, Neb., through eighth grade before attending high school in Brayton, Neb., where she graduated. The family moved to North Loop, Neb., and later to Grand Island, Neb.

Hannah began working at Walback Department Store in Grand Island. She loved to dance, and that’s how she met her husband, Joseph W. Reynolds — they married July 24, 1939, at the Methodist church in Grand Island.

Shortly after their marriage, Joseph accepted a position at Warren Air Force Base in Cheyenne, Wyo., and they moved to Greeley; he commuted by bus to Cheyenne.

In March 1943, she and Joe moved to Kanarado, Kan. Joe worked at Winn Hardware Store. Their first daughter, JoAnn, was born in Goodland, Kan., in September 1943. Their second daughter, Judy, was born in Goodland in April 1949. Joe was later offered a position with SkelGas Co. in Colby, Kan., and they moved there in 1951. In 1954 he was transferred to the SkelGas bulk plant in Denver. In 1956 they moved to Brighton, where he became manager of the SkelGas/appliance store on Bridge Street.

After SkelGas closed the store some years later, Hannah worked at Woolworths Department Store in Brighton. Later, Joe and Hannah had the opportunity to work for Sherwin Williams under Acme Paint Store on North Main Street.

While living in Brighton, they were both very active in the Methodist Church on Third and Bush; Joe also played a very active part in getting the new church built on South Eighth Avenue.

The paint store eventually closed, and Joe was transferred to the paint department at the Kmart in Boulder. Hannah then went to work for NeoData in Boulder handling magazine orders. In 1971, Sherwin Williams transferred Joe to the North Valley Mall in Thornton ton manage the paint store there. They moved to unincorporated Adams County on Sundown Lane, where they could see downtown Denver.

Joe retired at age 63. They enjoyed camping in the mountains. In 1980, Joe was diagnosed with colon cancer. Hannah took excellent care of him, transporting him to appointments right up until his death Nov. 4, 1985.

Hannah and her daughter continued to live there until 2000. JoAnn and her friends helped them move to Brighton, where Hannah lives today.

Four years ago, Hannah fell and fractured her hip, spending two months at the Brighton Care Center for rehab; she has been on a walker ever since but does very well. Prior to the accident, she did water aerobics at the Rec Center.

Hannah passed her driving test in 2013 and continues to drive today.

Hannah has a sister, 95, still living in an assisted living facility in Grand Island; their other siblings have all passed away.

Hannah will be celebrating her 100th birthday on Saturday, July 12, at the Brighton Elks Lodge, and on Sunday, July 13, at the Methodist Church.