A memorial service for Constance E. “Connye” Alexander-Guinn will be held at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 7, 2012, at the Fairfield Community Center.
Connye was born Dec. 18, 1931, to Griffin William Bailey and Florence Elizabeth Bailey in Plainfield, New Jersey. She was a resident of Fairfield. She passed away peacefully on Nov. 25, 2012, at David Grant Medical Center after a short illness.
Connye attended Plainfield High School in Plainfield, New Jersey, and graduated in 1950. She later worked as a budget analyst from 1962 to 1997 at Travis Air Force Base. A founding member of Shiloh Baptist Church in Vacaville, she was the original treasurer for 26 years. She served as chairman for the Clarice King Educational Scholarship for 22 years, and served as a member of the Trustee Board and the Usher Board, Pastor Aide Ministry. Connye established the Fairfield-Suisun-Vacaville section of the National Council of Negro Women. She was the first president from 1972 to 1975, and re-elected to a second term in 1976-1978. An innovator, she established the Tri-City Chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People in Solano County in 1976 and served as the first president.
Connye was a devoted mother, sister and aunt, who enjoyed family dinners as well as outings with friends. She was a strong advocate for education for children.
She is survived by her son, Freddric Darryl Alexander; sister, Marian B. Knight; brother, Griffin B. Bailey, Sr. (Ruth); nieces, Darlene V. Smith, Dorene V. Abara, Khadija Bailey, Tanzetta M. Turner (Cedric); nephews, Griffin B. Bailey, Jr.(Rhonda), Joseph D. Knight, Jr., Lafayette Bailey (Adrian) and hosts of nieces, nephews and close friends.
Arrangements under the care of Fairfield Funeral Home, 425-1041.