Maria Magdalena (Madelyn) Ayala
Born July 22, 1945 in Jalisco, Mexico
joined her parents, Mary & Bernard in heaven on April 26, 2021
Madelyn was the matriarch of her family. She was a beautiful, smart, humorous, educated, strong, resourceful, independent and at times she could be quite opinionated, but with the best of intentions. She had to be all of these things as a single woman of the 70’s. She was both mother and father in raising her children, but did it with a tender heart and taught her children the importance of family. She was always there for family whether it was her parents, siblings, or children to lend a caring and loving hand. At sometime in every family members life she was there with open arms if ill or in need, with finances or just a place to stay or a good meal.
For every way she touched every one of our lives. She will be forever missed.
Graduated with honors from Chabot College with an AA degree while working full-time at the State Board of Equalization in Oakland for 30+ years. She earned her degree taking a full load of classes at night, while raising three children. She also worked a second job at times to make ends meet. She was also a volunteer candy striper at Kaiser Hospital in Hayward.
She loved, loved her kitties Cocoa and Toby, but one of her cherished rolls was Grammy and Great-Grammie. She loved to cook for her family . She considered herself a foodie…best of all she loved seafood. She loved nature, gardening, the lake, and the ocean. Half Moon Bay was her favorite place to visit. It gave her peace. She loved to water ski in Clear Lake with her father and siblings, and friends. She also loved to spend early mornings at the nursery and to garden and grow vegetables and herbs and dig in the dirt to grow something beautiful into bloom. She enjoyed spending time doing crafts with her grand-daughters and playing dress up. She loved to watch her cooking shows and murder mysteries and Finding Your Roots on PBS. Her favorite music ranged from Cat Stevens, Donnie Hathaway and Roberta Flack, Streisand, to Bocelli, Buble, and Botti.
Her favorite charities were St. Jude and PBS which she gave to for decades.
Survived by: daughter Francine Arellano & son-in-law Ruben of Tracy, Ca., daughter Teresa Kronenberger & son-in-law Eric of Victor, NY; son John Ayala & daughter-in-law Diana of Castro Valley, Ca.
Grandchildren: Christina, Ruben Jr., & Daniel Arellano, Derek & Kyle Kronenberger, Celina Conner, Rebecca & Laura Ayala
Great-grandchildren: Isaac Arellano, Zoey Arellano, Raelynn & Kashton Conner & Maci Heimerl
Survived by: siblings Linda Mae Carvalho & Bernard Carvalho of the Bay Area, & Danny Ayala of Hawaii.
Nephews and Niece: Richie & Anthony Harrington; Clark & Krystle Binkley
Predeceased by: Aunt Dolores Carvalho, Mary Alice Harrington, Cynthia Binkley, & David Carvalho
Memorial to be held at Fry Memorial Chapel, 550 South Central Avenue, Tracy, on Friday, May 7, 2021
Doors open at noon for family & friends. Prayer service at 1pm.
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