CHINO (CBSLA.com) — A Chino grandmother and special education aid was killed in a flash flood while hiking in Utah’s Zion National Park on Monday. She was remembered by friends and coworkers on Friday for her adventurous spirit and love of her family.

Muku Reynolds, who worked at Chino Hills High School, was one of seven people killed as torrential downpours flooded Zion National Park. Six of those killed were from Southern California.

Reynolds, who was 59, was new to the sport of canyoneering but excited for the challenge, said friend Pat Duhalde.

“She was super excited because she loved Zion,” Duhalde said. “She felt close to God [in Zion].”

Colleagues at Chino Hills High School are also feeling the loss.

“She’s a close friend and we used to eat lunch together every day,” co-worker Colleen Chung said. “The chair is there for her.”

Reynolds is survived by two sons and one grandchild.

The other victims were identified by the park service as: Mark MacKenzie, 56, of Valencia; Linda Arthur, 57, of Camarillo; Steve Arthur, 58, of Camarillo; Gary Favela, 51, of Rancho Cucamonga; Don Teichner, 55, of Mesquite, NV; and Robin Brum, 53, of Camarillo.

 

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