by Family of Erin Bray
Erin Alyson Bray was born in Coalinga, California to Jack and Marilyn Bray on July 14, 1975. After the family moved to Reedley, California, Erin attended Washington Elementary, Grant Middle School, Reedley High School, Kings River Community College (now Reedley College) and finally Fresno State University where Erin earned her BA in Communications and her teaching credential.
Those who knew her well remember her love and passion for the stage, performing, singing and managing in many performances throughout the years. As a student, and later an English teacher at Reedley High School, Erin had a tremendous talent of speech communication that she used to compete with and guide students in speech/forensic tournaments that earned her many awards throughout the state of California.
Erin’s infectious smile and comedic sense of humor will undeniably be the staple characteristics that best define the essence of Erin Bray. She had the ability to light up a room with just her sheer presence. One couldn’t help but smile at the sound of her laughter and be drawn into her bubbly and warm personality.
Erin was a thrill seeker and traveler at heart. Her dream had been to travel the world and that dream was realized this past fall when she traveled to France and Italy, the two places she had always wanted to visit.
Among the many roles Erin served in the community, the role that she took the greatest pride in was being crowned Miss Reedley in 1993. She handled the responsibilities with great poise and the time spent serving the Reedley community proved to be one of the most memorable and cherished moments of her life.
Erin is survived by her mother, Marilyn Carlson, her father, Jack Bray, and her two brothers, Todd Bray and Jon Bray. Services will be held in her honor on November 17, 2011 at Reedley High School in front of the Performing Arts Theater from 3:30 to 4 p.m. Those attending please park in the student parking lot (East Side).
Donations in her memory may be made to The Erin Bray Memorial Scholarship Fund to benefit Reedley High School students in drama, forensics, and communications:
RHS Student Finance Dept.
Erin Bray Memorial Scholarship Fund
675 W. Manning Ave.
Reedley, CA 93654
Watch for a special article on Erin within the next couple of weeks written by some of her former students. Please feel free to share you comments and memories about Erin here at KRL.