Raelene I. Chaney (1929-2019)

Raelene I. Chaney (1929-2019)

Raelene Chaney, a long-time resident of Fillmore, passed away April 7th in her home surrounded by loved ones at the age of 90. After a short battle with Hodgkins Lymphoma, she has now joined her beloved husband Robert Chaney in Heaven.
Raelene was born in 1929 in Yelm, WA and was a graduate of Big Bear High School. Although she had a full and busy life, her life didn’t truly begin until 1964, when a big city girl moved to a small town called Fillmore. Robert & Raelene then adopted two beautiful girls, Chris-Anne in 1966 and Susan in 1969, to bring more light and joy into their lives. Raelene worked for the school district in many different capacities but was best known for being a campus supervisor. You could hear her yelling, “Don’t make me write you up, get to class NOW!” She did this for about nine years and then became the supervisor for In-School Suspensions for another five years. Even though she was a tough cookie, she loved her students like they were her children.
From the moment she stepped foot in Fillmore, Raelene was involved in many community projects and groups, including the Ebell & Optimist clubs, just to name a few. She helped start the FHS Soccer Club, raised money for her daughters' softball team, and even helped one of her students go to the Fiji Islands to run Cross Country. She participated in the annual Flower shows, bike rodeos and over the last few years volunteered at the Wednesday Food Share program.
After the towns devastating loss of a high school senior on graduation night, Raelene co-founded Grad Nite Live in 1990. Raelene and her husband Bob along with several Fillmore residents, worked with local businesses for donations. In later years, the Grad Nite Live Thanksgiving pie sale was born. Seniors sold pies to pay for a dinner cruise so they could have a safe, sober, and fun graduation night experience.
She was best known for driving around in her “Put Put” yelling, “Did you order your pies?” (therefore becoming “The Pie Lady”) which we’re sure you can hear even now. From an overnight dinner cruise to an early morning breakfast at Carl’s Jr., great memories were had by all.
Raelene also received the Making a Difference for Women & Citizen of the Year awards. Then in May of 2018, she was bestowed with Fillmore’s highest honor by receiving Fillmore’s “Lifetime Achievement, Citizen of the Year” award.
She has impacted so many people throughout her long life because she was always the life of the party and loved by everyone who met her.
Raelene’s greatest pride and joy were her six grandchildren, of whom she loved to no end. All of the kids helped her in some way with Grad Nite Live.
She attended all their sports games, picked them up from school, helped them with homework, and taught them to drive in her “Put Put” car.
Raelene leaves behind: Chris-Anne Barker, Susan (Patrick) Golson and Grandchildren: Tenea, Brandon, Zach, Johnny, Samantha, and Tyler. She leaves behind an incredible legacy that her family is proud of. She was a phenomenal woman who will be truly missed but will forever live on in our hearts.
A very special thank you to our Angels at Los Robles Hospice. We would have been lost without you.
A Celebration of Life will be held Thursday, April 18th 10a.m. at Faith Community Church: 355 D St., Fillmore, followed by a graveside service at Bardsdale Cemetery: 1698 S Sespe St., Bardsdale. Reception to follow and will be announced at service.
In lieu of flowers the family has asked to make donations to Grad Nite Live or FHS Soccer Club in her honor.
Funeral Arrangements are under the direction of the Family Owned & Operated ROBERT REY GARCIA JR FUNERAL SERVICES, Santa Paula, CA 805.229.7054.