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Betty Joyce Fain


1931 - 2013 Obituary Condolences
Betty Joyce Fain Obituary
Betty Joyce Fain December 24, 1931 - February 1, 2013 Betty Joyce Fain came into this world on December 24, 1931 and was escorted home by the angels on February 1, 2013. An only child, she was born to Edwin and Lydia Meyers in Brenham, Texas. The family moved to Bakersfield when she was five years old. Shortly thereafter, they moved to McFarland where Grandpa had a small farm. In 1949, she graduated from McFarland High school and in 1951, married a handsome Navy man--Joe Fain. Two years later, my sister Gayle was born and three years after, I was born. In the late 1940's, she worked at the Delano JC Penney; however, as soon as we arrived she spent her life devoted to her girls. Dad operated a hay baling service and later a farm north of McFarland, a farmer's wife and stay-at-home Mom was a full time job. When we were older, Mom had part time jobs and for several years she and Dad owned the Dari-Delite Drive -In, in McFarland. But her life always revolved around her daughters. She was a room mother, Brownie Leader, Camp Fire Girl Leader, Homework helper, taxi cab driver, seamstress, tear drier and our biggest cheerleader/fan. She supported and loved her daughters unconditionally. In the mid-1960's, Mom helped organize the McFarland Helping Hand Club and volunteered at the Well Baby Clinic. Later in life, she volunteered at the Christo Umbrellas Project, The California Living Museum and the Bakersfield SPCA. In 2011, she was honored with the McFarland Pioneer of the Year award. She loved flowers, plants, animals, nature, butterflies, hummingbirds, anywhere on the coast, Neil Diamond, classical music, cook books, crossword puzzles, art, poetry, ice cream, PF Chang's Restaurant, Irises, the smell of rain, playing games on the computer, travel and cooking programs, the great state of Texas, See's candy and beautiful sunsets. Mom was baptized Lutheran, but was not affiliated with a specific church. However, she believed in the word of the Bible and loved God. Her faith, even at the lowest points of her life, was never shaken. The past several years had been challenged for Mom, A couple open heart surgeries and seven years of dialysis took a toll on this wonderful women. Throughout it all, she kept her sense of humor, stubbornness, optimistic spirit, and determination to get better. She fought like a champ There was great comfort knowing that she is in the company of those who went before--her husband, parents, and daughter--she missed them all so much. She is free from pain and her huge, kind heart is whole again and those blue eyes are sparkling. I am happy knowing that she was also greeted by Mija, Sparky, Missy, and Trouble and all of the animals that she loved. What a Heavenly reunion it must have been! My mom was not just my Mother; she truly was my best friend, road trip buddy, and confidant. I can't imagine what life is going to be like without her. I am her sole survivor, but she leaves behind a few cousins, close in-laws and friends whom she loved very much. I would like to thank Delano DaVita Dialysis for loving my Mom and taking care of her in so many different ways. Her burial at North Kern Cemetery will be private. A Celebration of Life will be held in April, at the California Living Museum, when trees will be green, flowers will be blooming, birds will be singing and Spring is in the air- her favorite time of the year. Mom would love that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the California Living Museum. Mom- How Lucky I am to be your daughter. I will Miss you until we are together again. With all my Love, Lana. www.bakersfield.com/obits
Published in Bakersfield Californian on Feb. 10, 2013
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