Jalelah Fraley

California United States
(b. 1933 - d. 2011)


Jalelah and her husband Robert lived in Camarillo Heights, California where they raised six children. Their home was located on an orchard where avocados were harvested. She was preceded in death by her husband and her youngest son. She is survived by 5 children, 20 grandchildren, and 6 great-grandchildren. She became known for her pioneering beliefs in natural childbirth and breastfeeding, organic farming, and natural healthcare. LLL Leader Nancy Newton remembers that Jalelah was one of the co-founders (along with Jody Nathanson) of LLL in California. She was the coordinator of the Leader Department, in the late 1960s when LLL of California was one state/Area, before it split into two Areas--Northern California and Southern California.

Peggy Mills recalls, "I still have some of the letters she wrote me when I was a new Leader and they were full of 'dumb' questions. She never made me feel anything but better about whatever problem I took to her. She is right up there with people who have blessed my life by just being in it. The last time I saw her and her husband was at a local Renaissance Fair (many years ago) when my son was in junior high school. They were in costume and really looked the part. We had a good visit and I always felt thankful to have seen her."

Kay Coulson Lindahl, former ACL in the early years of LLL in California, reflected, "I remember Jalelah as being a woman of light. She had such a lovely way of being in the world."

Jody Nathanson remembers, "Jelelah was a beautiful and a positive force for goodness in others. I learned so much from working with her in LLL. Surely a blessing in the lives of those who shared her wisdom."