Anna Gayle Minks

September 26, 1945 - December 22, 2020

Mrs. Anna Gayle Minks, formerly Reynolds, (nee. Whittington) passed away Tuesday, December 22, 2020 at her home.

Mrs. Anna Minks is survived by her beloved husband of 33 years, James E. Minks. Loving mother of Charles Blundell Reynolds, II and stepmother of Sandra Kay (Mark) Minks-Mroz, Cheryl Ann (Andrew) Poris, James David (Shanda) Minks and Robert Alan (Tanya) Minks. Proud grandmother of 15 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. Dear sister to the late Clyde “Sonny” Whittington, Jr. Cherished aunt to Alicia Whittington and great aunt to Garrison Whittington.

Anna was born September 26, 1945 in McComb, Mississippi to Clyde and Wilmena Whittington. She was a graduate of Liberty High School in Liberty, MS, the class of 1963. She attended Mississippi College for both her undergraduate and graduate degrees and studied higher learning at the University of Mississippi. Anna held various teaching jobs including teaching English at Southwest Mississippi Junior College.  In 1983, Anna and her family moved to Ft. Collins, Co. where they lived for one year to the day. She taught English at the community college until she moved to Michigan in 1984. There she began her career at Crestwood School District in Dearborn Heights, retiring in 2007 after 21 years of dedication. She also taught courses at the Detroit College of Business in Dearborn, Michigan. On October 10, 1987 Anna was married to James E. Minks in Dearborn Heights, Michigan eventually making their home in Canton. 

Anna was a wonderful homemaker whose attention to detail was impeccable. Her decorating was always “classy”, never gawdy. Christmas was an incredibly special time of the year for her and not a single room in the home was ignored. Anna was also an exceptional pianist, learning how to play at an early age. In Mississippi, she would play for church services and weddings. More recently, she enjoyed playing for residents at local nursing homes. Needless to say, she loved music. Anna was a longtime member of Northridge Church and was active in the Women’s Ministry and two book clubs. She touched the hearts of many and will be dearly missed by all who knew her.

Mrs. Minks’s family will receive friends on Monday, December 28, 2020 from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at the McCabe Funeral Home, 851 N. Canton Center Rd., Canton. A visitation will be held in Liberty, Mississippi on Monday, January 4th, 2021 from 10:00 a.m. until the time of her funeral service at 12:00 p.m. at Brown Funeral Home, 153 S. Broad St, Liberty, MS 39645. Mrs. Minks will be laid to rest at Liberty Cemetery in Liberty, Mississippi.   

Memorial Contributions in Mrs. Minks’s name are appreciated to Northridge Church, 49555 North Territorial Road, Plymouth, Michigan.

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