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Nina Mae FauntLeRoy was born to Charles and Polly Mae Chaffin on May 6, 1926, and was surrounded by her three sons and other loved ones as she went to be with our Lord on April 5, 2014. Nina's early years were spent in Huntington Beach, CA where her family lovingly named her "Babe" because she was the baby of the family. At her tender age of 12, her father passed away and was where she began to learn what was necessary to survive with her mom "Mamo" and four siblings, Butch, Mildred, Fred and Margaret. She worked along side Mr. and Mrs. Knotts at the famous chicken restaurant still located at Knotts' Berry Farm. This is when Nina began to form her foundation in the importance of family values, care for others, and work ethic that permeated into all those she touched in love. Nina and family soon moved to the Armona/Hanford area where she spent her high school years where she enjoyed dancing. After high school she lived with her brother Fred and worked for him at Blackwell's Corner as a waitress. This is where one day a dashing, young, hard working Union Oil employee by the name of Cedric FauntLeRoy stepped through the doors of Blackwell's Corner for a (you guessed it) cup of coffee. They were soon married (1947) and settled in Avenal, CA. In Avenal they started a long life of adventures and surprises with their three sons, Craig, Jan and Lyn. Nina held a number of jobs while in Avenal at the Standard Oil switchboard, a receptionist for Dr. Suits, and her own adventure of FauntLeRoy's Flowers. It was at this flower business that the boys learned the values from their mom of friends helping friends and family stepping up when needs of a family owned business arose. Nina was honored while they lived in Avenal due to her involvement with the community and church. A few recognitions included Ced and Nina as Marshals at the Kings County Parade, Nina as the Grand Marshall for the Old Timer's Day Parade in Avenal and her most prized achievement of the Nina FauntLeRoy Building due to her dedication and involvement with the Avenal Museum. The museum was once the Fresno Avenue Christian Church where Nina took the boys to church nearly every week where the importance of God, family, and love was instilled. That church building stood empty for many years until Nina came up with the idea of turning it into the Avenal Museum. Support and donations came flooding in and is now quite successful and appreciated for its historic values and invaluable memories. Some of her passionate loves in Avenal was the constant chasing of the boys in their school activities of sports and music concerts. She never missed opportunities to get together with friends and family and was even seen throwing a bowling bowl down at the lanes. She even attended a tournament or two in Reno where she learned the entertainment of 'slots'. Once the boys left the nest Nina increased her involvement with the museum and was reaching out in other adventures such as travel abroad and to her grandkids in Fresno and Montana, especially when Ced was interested in making it happen. As years passed and medical needs increased, Ced and Nina pulled their roots out of the long time memories of Avenal and moved to Fresno in 2004. This move, as hard as it was to leave Avenal, helped fill their desire to be closer to family and for the convenience medical attention. In Fresno Nina sharpened her skills in taking care of grandkids and the many family gatherings. She was always tinkering with keeping things in order, helping with the laundry, volunteering at the grandkids school, dressing eloquently from head to toe always wearing some bling and sparkle. She fussed about eating but was known to always have room for ice cream. Ced passed away in 2011 while in Fresno but not until Nina and he spent 64 years of life together, yet another example to their boys of the importance of family, support and dedication. And now Nina is together again with Ced, family and friends that preceded her to be with Christ in heaven. Nina is survived by Craig and his wife Susan and their kids David, Adele, and Brian in Montana; Jan and his wife Mary and their kids Jason, Kevin and Jenna in Montana; and Lyn and his wife Katie and their kids Dakota and Savanna in Fresno; and many loved nieces, nephews, and cousins all over. A Celebration of Nina's Life will be held at the home of Lyn and Katie FauntLeRoy at 4778 West Alluvial, Fresno CA on Saturday the April 12, 2014, at 1:00 p.m. Lunch will be served! In lieu of flowers please send donations to the Avenal Historical Society, PO Box 572, 600 E. esno St., Avenal, CA 93204. Tinkler Funeral Chapel & Crematory, 475 North Broadway Street, Fresno, California (559)233-2101 Read Obituary
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