Tracy Allyn Steward Reyes July 7, 1961 January 20, 2017 Adored wife; beloved mother, daughter, sister, aunt; valued friend; respected colleague, Tracy Reyes spent her life taking care of othersespecially childrenhers, yours, theirs, ours. She didn't just suggest, "it takes a village," she lived it. As assistant director of Orange Children and Parents Together (OCPT), Tracy was an advocate of early childhood education and family support programs in Orange County. Over 27 years with OCPT, she also served as preschool teacher, grant writer and strategic planner, among other positions. Most recently she was instrumental in developing a project dear to her heartan early home-based Head Start program for newborns to 3-year-olds. Unofficially, she was teacher and guide for an ever-widening circle of family, friends and co-workers. Her three daughters were her life's work and her signature accomplishment. But she also was a second mother to her children's friends, helping with college applications, finding jobs or offering a sympathetic ear. To her extended family, friends and coworkers, she was mentor, organizer-in-chief, travel agent and trusted confidant. She provided guidance ranging from career counsel to advice for lonely hearts. She laughed easily. She wept with those who were hurting. She did not shrink from tough-minded decisions, but made them with compassion. Her strength and grace were never more evident than in the long battle she fought, and ultimately lost, with melanoma. Tracy was born in Hollywood, CA, and grew up in Huntington Beach. She graduated from Marina High School and University of Phoenix, and earned a master's degree in early education at California State University Long Beach. She married Fred Reyes in 1989 and lived in Stanton. She leaves behind her husband of 28 years, Fred Reyes; daughters, Alyssa, Kathryn and Arianna; mother, Karen Morris; father, Ron Steward; brothers, Tim, Chris (Michele) and Barrett (Deanne) Steward; sister, Sarah Steward; mother-in-law, Gloria Reyes; sisters-in-law, Maria (Armando) Encalada and Gloria (Jose) Arellano; brothers-in-law, Joseph, Salvador (Ana) and Geno (April) Reyes; and 10 nieces and five nephews. From her toddler nieces to her late grandmother, each family member felt a unique connection to Tracy. She loved us all. She took care of us all. A celebration of Tracy's life will be held March 12 from 2 to 4:30 p.m. at the Ranch at Laguna Beach. To honor Tracy A. Reyes, please consider donating in her name to Orange Parents and Children Together or the Melanoma Research Foundation.
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