Fay (Reynolds) Alesso June 6, 1933 - January 24, 2013 Fay was born in Rector, Arkansas on June 6, 1933 to Corbett and Orine Reynolds. Corbett and Orine brought their family to Bakersfield in early 1937. Fay attended various elementary schools in Bakersfield, Panama Junior High School and Kern County Union High School (aka Bakersfield High School). Fay graduated from high school in 1950. She met the love of her life, Ernest D. Alesso when she was just 13 and they were married 4 years later. They celebrated their 62nd wedding anniversary on January 13, 2013. Fay is predeceased by her mother Orine Reynolds, her brother Clyde (Ed) Reynolds, and her father Corbett Reynolds. She is survived by her loving husband, Ernest D. Alesso, sons David L. Alesso and wife Eileen, Michael J. Alesso and wife Lynn, and daughter Judy Fay Alesso, grandchildren Michael J. Alesso II, and Alexandra Paige Alesso, sister Joyce Dobbs and her husband Kenneth Dobbs, her two dear sisters-in-law, Gloria Alesso and Mardean Alesso and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. Fay had countless long time friends, many of whom she knew for more than 50 years. Especially dear to her heart were Joyce Thompson, Wilma Hender, Maude (Ellen) Freeman, Eva McNaughton and Gloria Henderson. Fay had a great capacity for loving people outside of her immediate family, which was evident by how she touched the lives of so many people. She never met a child she didn't love and was a second mother to many. She opened her home to foster children and friends of her own children who were going through rough times or just needed a place to stay. Her heart, arms, and door were always open to those in need. She wanted you all to know that if she told you she loved you, she loved you. She worked for 14 years as a Nutrition Aide for the University of California Extension Service through the Farm and Home Advisors Office teaching nutrition and money management to people in low-income areas of Kern County. She also volunteered at Beardsley School when her children attended there. She was a Cub Scout leader, Girl Scout leader, taxied what seemed like half the children in Oildale to and from school and sporting events. She was a great cook and loved to bake and is well known for her "buns", carrot cake and apple pie. Fay is already and will continue to be sorely missed. We take great comfort in knowing that she went home to be with Jesus Christ her Lord and Savior on Thursday, January 24, 2013. Visitation/viewing is Friday, February 1, 2013 from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Hillcrest Memorial Park & Mortuary. Memorial services will be held on Saturday, February 2, 2013 at 10:00 am with interment and reception following at Hillcrest Memorial Park & Mortuary located at 9101 Kern Canyon Road in Bakersfield, California. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the Kern County branch of Hoffmann Hospice;nbp&of the;nbsp&Valley located at 8501 Brimhall Road, Bakersfield, CA 93312 or at hoffmannhospice.org. The family would like to thank the following: Debbie, Mark, and Juanita from Hoffmann Hospice, the caregivers, nurses, and doctors at San Joaquin Community Hospital, Wayne Budney from Helping Hand Senior Care Services and the staff at Dean's Care Villa for taking such exceptional care of Fay. www.bakersfield.com/obits
This obituary was originally published in the Bakersfield Californian.