Raydean Garside
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June 17, 1942 - June 19, 2020

Raydean Garside was born June 17, 1942 in Taft, California, to Wilotta Robey and Raymond Robey. Her father passed away before she was born and she was raised by her mother and grandmother. Raydean was an amazing wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister and friend. She left this world June 19, 2020 to be with her loving husband, Jimmy, who passed away two short months before her.

Raydean moved to Bakersfield with her mother and grandmother when she was a young girl. This is where she grew up and spent the rest of her life. Her mother and grandmother instilled many Christian values in her, ensuring that she knew the Lord. Raydean would go on to pass these values down to her own family.

Raydean attended Bakersfield High School as well as South High where she was a student in their first graduating class of 1960. This is where she made many lifelong friendships with people she loved and cherished dearly. This is also where she met Jimmy, her best friend and love of her life. Jimmy and Raydean started dating in high school and their love story began. Raydean instantly became a part of Jimmy's family. When Raydean met Jimmy, she gained another loving mom, a father, another brother, Roger, and two sisters, Nancy and Betty.

Raydean and Jimmy married in 1962 and started their own family. They bought a home where they raised their three children, Suzanne, Blake and Erin. She was a loving mom, always involved in every aspect of her children's life. No matter what event we were participating in we always knew she was there watching and cheering us on, with Dad by her side... usually because we could hear her! She was always our biggest fan throughout our lives. Not only was Raydean a great mother to her children, but also to many of our friends. Our friends always knew they could stop by day or night and she would have a refrigerator full of food for them along with some sort of advice. She always included all of our friends on our family vacations and beach trips, ensuring we had a lifetime of good memories. When her children were grown, she and Jimmy began to travel. They traveled the world with friends making more memories for themselves. They loved to go to casinos and "play the slots'. They loved their life together and lived it to the fullest. More enjoyable than travel was the joy she got from her grandchildren. Raydean had seven grandchildren and one great grandson. She was as much their cheerleader as she was for her children. She was there for every milestone from their births to their weddings, as well as everything in between. She was always so supportive and proud of their accomplishments.

Raydean was a beautiful woman inside and out. She loved her family and friends unconditionally, and we loved her equally. She was my mother and best friend, and will be missed by many forever.

Raydean is survived by her daughter Suzanne and son in law Chuck Holmes, her son Blake and daughter in law Michelle, and her son Erin and his fiance Amanda. She is also survived by her grandchildren and their spouses, Chellsey and Jeff Burleson and great grandson Jackson, Brookey and Logan Kilgore, Jabe Garside and Gabriel Nadal, Allie Garside and Austin Merchant, Reese, Romy, and Sunirae Garside, brother Bill McCall, brother and sister in law Roger and Zonda Garside, as well as many nephews and nieces. She is also survived many longtime friends, including Pat Buys, Chris Trussler, Bernie Easton, Barbara McManis and Barbara Garland.

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Published in Bakersfield Californian on Jul. 7, 2020.
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July 8, 2020
We are so sorry for your loss. She was such a beautiful lady. Im so glad we got to visit with her and Jim a few months ago. Such a wonderful couple! Her beauty smile will be missed.
Michelle Jones
July 8, 2020
Raydean was a very sweet spirited person whom I have known ever since I was a very young boy. I have very fond memories as a young kid of just hanging out at the Garside home and spending time talking and visiting with Raydean after school many afternoons during the 1970s which about that time was the beginning of my fascination of bridges and it all started I always talked to Raydean about the Oak Street Bridge then I would be over at the Garside Home also hanging out with Arin and Blake and Suzanne and soon after I would help Jimmy on various projects regularly. I know Raydean is now with our lord and savior Jesus Christ and I feel very blessed to have had the awesome friendship with her and the rest of the Garside Family throughout my childhood. Her passing really leaves a huge void in my heart. She along with husband Jimmy Garside will be greatly missed. My condolences to the rest of the Garside family Mine and Mona's prayers are with you always
Mark Peterson
July 7, 2020
Dear Suzanne, Blake, Erin and Families,
Im so sorry and sad to learn of your mothers passing and so soon after your father. Although we had not seen each other in a very long time, I thought of her often at the Rosedale church of Christ. Raydean was a good friend, loving, kind and an encouragement to me always. May God bless Raydean and Jimmy and comfort their loved ones through this difficult time.
Susan Richina
Susan Richina
July 7, 2020
I have fond memories of Raydean from when I was a kid and we all went to the Rosedale Church of Christ. She was a good friend to my mother, Susan Richina (Gallington). Raydean was always sweet, loving and interested in my sister Jennifer and I. We always loved going to her house to swim . . . that was a big treat for us. She was truly a kind and loving person and will be missed.
Stephanie Gallington Green
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