Lucille Mathews Boyle Reynolds
Lucille Mathews Boyle Reynolds, age 90, passed away at the family ranch near Mountainair on Nov. 3, 2022.
A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, Nov. 18, at the Mountainair Christian Center. The family will conduct private graveside services, where Lucille’s ashes will be placed between her two husbands at the Mountainair Cemetery.
She was devoted to her family and friends, and her loss is deeply felt by those who knew and loved her. Lucille was truly an exceptional woman.
She was affectionately known as “Aunt Cindy” to her large group of nieces and nephews from both sides of the family, as well as to many non-relative children she loved. Lucille had an adventuresome childhood and during her early years lived the life of a pioneer woman.
She was born in Abo, and Dr. Amble, the local doctor, made a house call to assist with her birth.
Lucille camped out in a cave with her family in the Manzano Mountains while her father built the log cabin that would become their home. From her family’s log cabin in New Canyon, she rode three miles one way on horseback each day to the Union School near the present Ten Pines Road. Lucille carried her lunch in a small lard bucket and her water in a pint jar she placed in a bag and hung on the saddle horn.
In the late 1940s, her father, John Mathews, accepted work with the U.S. Department of Agriculture vaccinating cattle against foot and mouth disease near Guadalajara, Mexico. The family enjoyed their years south of the border and made lasting friendships.
Lucille married Robert (Bob) Boyle in 1952, and they lived on the road the first years of their marriage while Bob worked road construction jobs. A few years later, they bought ranch land south of Mountainair and started their first cattle herd.
A month after moving to the ranch, Bob passed away, leaving Lucille with two small children to raise and the family ranch to run. In 1970, she married Nobel Reynolds and they spent many happy years together.
Lucille and Nobel were founding members of the Mountainair Christian Center and active in church activities. For years, they helped with youth camps the church sponsored at Manzano State Park as well as with the school associated with the church. Lucille was most happy when she was at church and serving her Lord, Jesus Christ.
She is preceded in death by her husbands, Robert Boyle and Nobel Reynolds; parents, John and Opal Mathews; brother, Dan Mathews; and her special companion in later years, Fred Pettingill.
Lucille is survived by her son, Duane Boyle; daughter, Dixie Boyle Howard; son-in-law, William Howard; sister, Barbara Mathews; grandson, Trotter Boyle (Angilica); two great-grandchildren, Landen and Bailey Boyle; niece, Holly Balderrama; and nephew, Dan Gilliam.
The family would like to thank Pastors Doris Jaquess and Shirley Sweat for their support during this trying time. We would also like to thank Romero Funeral Home in Belen for their compassion and professionalism in dealing with the death of our beloved family member.
Please sign Lucille’s online tribute at romerofuneralhomenm.com. Romero Funeral Home, 609 N. Main St., Belen.
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