May S. Reinbolt

May S. Reinbolt, a Magnolia resident for most of her life, died peacefully on May 9 surrounded by family.

She was 93.

Born May 1, 1914, to Johanna, a Norwegian immigrant, and George Swett, she grew up in the home they had built on 22nd Avenue West. At that time Magnolia was mostly rural and May, the youngest of five children, had many exciting adventures there.

In 1936 she married Carl Reinbolt, a Seattle police officer who proceeded to build three homes on the Bluff.

In midlife Mrs. Reinbolt rediscovered her love of painting. Over time she displayed her work in businesses and sold many paintings. She entered some in the Magnolia Summer Art Show, for which she was featured in the Magnolia News.

Upon Mr. Reinbolt's retirement the couple moved to Poulsbo and built yet another home. However, Mrs. Reinbolt was homesick for Magnolia, so after a few years they returned and bought a house on Viewmont Way West. This remained home until December 2006 when they had to move to assisted-living facilities.

Mrs. Reinbolt is survived by her husband of 70 1/2 years, Carl V. Reinbolt, of Silverdale; a sister, June Clay, of Spokane; daughters Phyllis Wickstrom and Nanette (Wally) Heffner; granddaughters Sandi (Ted) Buchanan, Sunny (Scott) Houmes and Suzi Wickstrom; great-grandchildren Abbie, Jack, Emily and Blain; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Reinbolt never lost her sense of humor or her love of family and Magnolia.

In keeping with her request, there was no public service.

Remembrances may be made to a favorite charity.

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