June 14, 1946 ~ February 10, 2019 (age 72)

DEACONESS LINDA REYES was born June 14, 1946 in Manhattan, Kansas. She was the second of five children born to the union of Guadalupe and Joseph P. Luna. She received her education in Manhattan and graduated from Manhattan High School.

In 1964, Linda married Richard Gray. Their union was blessed with two children: son, Edwin and daughter, Annita.

During the early 1970s, Linda moved to San Diego, California and met William Reyes. After dating for more than twenty years, William and Linda were united in marriage on March 6, 1999. Sadly, William passed away shortly after their first wedding anniversary.

On December 3, 2000, she united with Bethel Baptist Church, under the leadership of Dr. John W. Ringgold. She was a faithful, dedicated and willing worker. She served as a licensed minister, Deaconess leader and General Secretary for the Adult Sunday School. She also served in several other ministries, including Pearl Frye Circle of the Mission Ministry, Greeters, Birthday Clubs, Church Directory Committee and 10K Feed the Homeless and Needy Project.

Linda was employed at the Black Angus Restaurant for numerous years. While at the restaurant, she had a terrible fall, suffering a traumatic back injury. After undergoing extensive medical treatments and therapy, she took classes to become a bookkeeper. She relocated to Las Vegas, and worked in the accounting department for several casinos, including The Riviera, the Excalibur and the Luxor. She eventually moved back to San Diego, making it her permanent residence.

Linda was very loving, caring and devoted to her family, her church and her friends. After the death of her sister, Olivia, Linda began raising her sister’s children: Nancy, Angie and Tony. If ever there was a need, Linda was among the first to answer; she visited the sick, did errands for the elderly and would often drive them to appointments. She will be greatly remembered for her kind and gentle spirit and loving heart.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, William; and her sister, Olivia.

On Sunday morning, February 10, 2019, Deaconess Linda Reyes was called home to be with the Lord. She leaves to celebrate her life her daughter, Annita McCrea and her husband, Scott; son, Edwin Gray; sister, Alexandra; two brothers, Phillip and Johnnie; granddaughter, Madison; grandsons, Andrew and Timothy; one great-grandchild; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives; dear friends: Jill Carroll, Elaine Howard, Margaret Ray, Barbara Davis, Simon Forbes, The Everett Family, Mullins Family, Gaston Family, her landlord Phil and Margie Maloos, fellow deaconesses and ministers and the entire Bethel Church Family.


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