But the most touching tributes were paid her daughter, Patti Jo Kiraly, and longtime friends.
Speaking for herself and her sister, Susie Bringhurst, Kiraly recalled a childhood filled with music by her single working mother.
"In 1962, my sister and I were the only children [in their acquaintance] of divorced parents, but we always had music," Kiraly said. "It healed us, entertained us and challenged us."
Music was central to the relationship between daughters and mother.
Reynolds taught choir for 35 years, seven classes a day, each with 50 students.
After school, the girls did their homework while Reynolds taught private piano lessons.
"She made it clear that we had to be musical," Kiraly said.
Both daughters played instruments — that would be plural. Bringhurst is a gifted pianist, but Kiraly prefers singing.
"She was not a stay-at-home Mom then," Kiraly said. "She is not a stay-at-home Mom now."
Besides her gift for music, Reynolds has the gift of friendship.
"I moved to Laguna Beach 13 years before my mother did," Kiraly said. "In one year, she had more friends than I did."
Mayor Elizabeth Pearson, who presented Reynolds with a city proclamation honoring her achievements, counts Reynolds as a friend she can call on.
"Whenever I get down in the dumps, she sits me down at the piano and I sing old Baptist hymns," Pearson said. "She has cheered me up many times."
Mayor Pro Tem Toni Iseman called Reynolds the Joan Rivers of Laguna.
"You never know what is going to come out of her mouth," Iseman said.
Reynolds not only makes friends, she keeps them.
Jean Paris met Reynolds in 1958 when their husbands were teaching together. They are still close, even though Paris once talked Reynolds into joining a gourmet club.