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Alice Michelle Reynolds

July 17, 1959 ~ January 9, 2022 (age 62)

Obituary

Michelle was born in San Antonio, Texas. She is preceded in death by her parents Joe S. Trevino and Mary Alice Guerra, and her brother Mark T. Trevino. She is survived by her loving husband Martin L. Reynolds of 18 years, stepfather Andrew Guerra and her two younger brothers, Jeff Trevino (Kerry Whitehead) and Joseph Trevino (Julie). Michelle dearly loved her nieces Marcie Trevino Ripper (Phillip) and Ashley Marie Murillo (David), nephews Jacob (Laurel) and John Trevino, grand nieces and nephews, numerous cousins, and extended family. 

When she was a young girl, Michelle’s mother instilled in her and her three younger brothers a serious work ethic. Because her mother Alice worked two, and sometimes three jobs to provide for her children, Michelle was often left with the task of taking care of, and in some cases raising, her brothers. At the age of 15, Michelle landed her first job in a local grocery store checking and bagging groceries. These responsibilities gave Michelle an appreciation for the value of hard work. True to her familial roots (maternal Muniga and paternal Trevino), she developed a strong work ethic which became a dominant part of her character lasting throughout her entire life.   

While in Middle School, Michelle mastered the art of baton twirling and kept her brothers mesmerized with her majorette twirls, twists, high-flying kicks, and baton throws. Michelle was also a talented roller-skater; she could be found at Skateland many Friday and Saturday nights. Like many girls her age, Michelle also had a crush on Donny Osmond (whom she would meet later in life). This early appreciation for dance and music flourished in Michelle throughout her life. Music and art were her great passions, cultural treasures Martin and she bonded over throughout their marriage. 

Upon graduating from high school, Michelle’s passion for music grew. She became good friends with the girlfriend of rock superstar Eddie Money. She saw the rock and roll business first-hand from the back stages of arenas and even attended a birthday party for Mick Jagger. Her concert ticket keepsake booklet is the envy of any baby boomer Rock and Roll fan. 

Michelle’s keen insight into the art world coupled with her developing flare for design made her the perfect candidate to take on the role of partner and marketing manager of the family-owned GTO Advertising, Inc., an award-winning advertising agency in San Antonio. Michelle never needed to try too hard in high school or college to excel in her classes. Her knack for numbers allowed her to manage all the bookkeeping and financials for the advertising agency, while also mastering the duties of Marketing Manager. Michelle taught herself these skills on her own. She delivered unparalleled professional marketing services throughout her entire career. It was during her tenure at GTO that Michelle became the steadfast perfectionist that many of us knew and loved. 

In 2001, after working at GTO for twelve years, Michelle met her future husband, Martin. Michelle took a leap of faith and moved to Colorado where Martin was stationed as a member of the Air Force. This was a pivotal moment in Michelle’s life. At age 41, after living in San Antonio for her entire life, Michelle moved away from her comfort zone to grow and create a life for herself and with Martin. What she surely knew at the time (but kept to herself), was that Michelle was on a mission, not only to enrich her own life, but to also make Martin the happiest man on earth. 

Upon arriving in Colorado Michelle continued to accomplish the accounting duties for GTO. She also applied for and was awarded the position of Marketing Manager for the Brady Group in Colorado, a professional Dental Management and consulting firm. Michelle created websites and hosted numerous seminars for the Brady Group. She travelled with the consulting team to major cities such as Las Vegas, Nevada where she finally met her childhood sweetheart, Donny Osmond after a show. Donny and Marie were both personal friends of Dr. Brady. Donny danced on Michelle’s table and was just as dreamy at age 50 as he was at age 25. 

Michelle and Martin purchased their first house in Colorado and were married in November 2003. They continued to support each other and built a beautiful life for themselves in Colorado Springs. They travelled and learned to cook together, and Michelle showed Martin a better lifestyle than he ever imagined. Michelle had exquisite taste and together they travelled across Europe and visited amazing places in France, Spain and Italy. 

In April 2016, Michelle landed her dream job working as a marketing and advertising manager for the PhysioFit Physical Therapy and Wellness company in Los Altos California. After completing several interviews for the position, the company owner was so impressed with Michelle, she hired her in a telework capacity. Michelle was the only PhysioFit employee allowed to work remotely across state lines. Over the next 5+ years Michelle transformed Physio Fits reception area appearance, operations, fitness center branding, employee to client marketing practices, created new websites and became the company owner’s confidant. She did more to increase the growth and expansion of PhysioFit than any other employee. The company owner referred to Michelle as “like a sister to her”.  

Michelle and Martin continued to nurture their relationship during this timeframe also. They purchased a beautiful mountain home in Woodland Park, Colorado and re-decorated the inside and outside of the home per Michelle’s keen decorating sensibilities. They designed new landscaping and planted twenty trees around the back of the property. This house was the grand vision of Michelle, and the pride of both Martin and Michelle. 

Michelle and Martin adopted a Yorkie-Apso puppy and a total of four cats throughout their marriage. Unable to have children of their own, Michelle and Martin were determined to provide the best life possible for their adopted fur-babies. 

Michelle was a natural. She was a natural lady, a natural learner, had a natural eye for art and decorating. She had a natural sense of marketing concepts and proved this over and over throughout her life. Michelle had the kindest, most natural smile you can imagine, and she loved to laugh. She lit up every room she walked into. Former president Bill Clinton walked up to her directly and introduced himself the first time he saw her. She had an infectious likeability that could not be denied. 

Michelle gathered numerous friends from around the world during her marketing career, through her personal life and finally through her battle with cancer. She had four thousand eight hundred friends and followers on Facebook. She bonded with women through the Women’s March movement. She led other women in her battle with Ovarian Cancer and she was a true inspiration to so many suffering from this terrible disease and other forms of cancer. Even as Michelle’s suffering increased from the disease, she continued to post inspirational prayers and messages to all her Facebook followers daily, until the day she passed away. 

There is a void in this world that cannot be filled. We have memories, but memories will never take the place of Michelle’s infectious smile, laughter, and love. Her spirit, laughter and love will remain within all of us who are fortunate enough to call her family or friend. After fighting against ovarian cancer harder than any other, she is now at peace.

A memorial service for Michelle will be held in San Antonio, Texas on Saturday, January 29th at 11:00am at Cornerstone Church (the Vada Hagee Prayer Chapel).

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