Sincerely and with deepest regrets, we announce, that although she challenged the battle with cancer, Faye’s courageous fight of five months has come to an end. Although palliative, Faye’s strong will and dedication was the motivating force in the enduring struggle with the pain and suffering of cancer, until 5:11 am on Thursday, 7 December 2006, when she was victoriously beckoned home by the Almighty God Our Father.
Faye received the Blessing of the Church by Father Bruce Power, in her home, the Annointing with oil, the Last Sacraments, and final and full Confession on 9 December, 2006.
Hearing the comforting words of her son, “Mom, you have suffered enough now, you can go, Mom, it’s ok, I’ll be ok, we’ll be ok, you go, Mom” and with God’s calling, a tear filled her eye. Faye smiled her last.
Within minutes, in the comfort and privacy of her home, with her son (Devon) and husband (Lorne) at her bedside, and with great dignity, Faye peacefully, and in the eyes of God our Father, began her journey homeward. No more a difficult journey, but now a safe journey .
Her smile has such great meaning.
Faye was born in Kamsack, Saskatchewan, on 13 May 1953, to Arthur and Emily Brown of Pelly, Saskatchewan.
Of the 53 years of her life, Faye shared 37 of those years with her husband, Lorne. She lived for her husband and the highlight of her life, her son, Devon, who shared 22 of those years. Faye was a peaceful, quiet, and loving wife and mother. She was very meticulous in her efforts, and loved to cook and clean. Her home was spotless through her conscientious efforts of a dedicated mom and wife. Any task Faye undertook was completed with perfection. She particularly enjoyed her home, her Royal Doultons & Alberts, and her many collectibles. She treasured her antiques. She loved to garden and enjoyed her flowers, garage sales and auction sales. Sitting and looking at the mountain views brought Faye great enjoyment and relaxation. Her concern and love for her family was second to none. Faye had a large heart for their extended family as well, as many of Devon’s friends know. She enjoyed immensely her small immediate family which has just gotten smaller in size but not in memory. Many shared moments and laughs of the past will now be precious memories, to be cherished forever. A space that can never be filled.
Faye grew up in Pelly, Saskatchewan and at an early age moved with her family to Garland, Manitoba, where her parents continued to farm. She attended schools in Saskatchewan and Ethelbert High School in Ethelbert, Manitoba.
In 1969, Faye chose to leave Ethelbert and joined her future husband in Winnipeg, Manitoba. With Lorne in the Canadian Armed Forces in Winnipeg, they would later move to Nova Scotia, CFB Trenton, Ontario, CFB Camp Borden, Ontario, CFB Portage la Prairie (3CFFTS), Manitoba, CF Radar Station Baldy Hughes, BC and then to CFB Chilliwack, BC. It was 1974, in Camp Borden Ontario, that Faye and Lorne were married, in a full military dress uniform wedding ceremony passing under the arches of the Color Party Flags of CFSAL Company. During the reception at the Nottawasaga Inn in Barrie, Ontario, the couple received congratulatory telegrams/letters from then Premier Davis of Ontario and then Prime Minister Pierre Elliot Trudeau.
Leaving the Prairies in 1977 for British Columbia was never regretted. Faye enjoyed the military transfers, every few years, with her husband, across Canada, but she so loved the snow-capped mountains of Chilliwack, and since arriving in 1979, Faye has proudly called the Fraser Valley and Chilliwack her home, enjoying the past 27 years here.
Funeral services were conducted by Father Bruce Power of the Holy Cross Ukrainian Catholic Church of Surrey and the angelic voices of Sister Ruth Aney, SSMI and Sister Ambrose Stachiw, SSMI echoing in the loft of the church, one of the many hymns, “Everlasting Memories”.
Faye was employed at then York Farms (Berryland Foods) for 17 years. Upon their closure, she returned to school, and completed two training programs. Faye obtained her Medical Office Assistant Diploma and immediately following was awarded an Honors Diploma as a Resident Care Attendant.
As a conscientious care-giver, Faye was responsible for providing professional care for her fourteen residents at the Slesse Wing of the intermediate care facility, The Waverly of Chilliwack for 6 years. A dedicated professional, working through most coffee breaks and lunch breaks, providing that extra care and touch for her residents, unconditionally, Faye was content in her heart and conscience with the care she provided. That extra effort was heralded, solely, by the numerous letters of appreciation to her, from many family members of the residents. Faye will be remembered always ready to assist her co-workers and keeping her supply cart organized and restocked. Faye was meticulous and outstanding in her ways and she achieved that dignity not at the expense of others, but by being Faye. When Faye went to work, her personal life stayed at the entrance until she went home. While Faye always had a humorous side and enjoyed a good laugh, she believed strongly that providing care was a responsibility to be taken seriously and prankish efforts were unprofessional. Comments made at the funeral by residents’ family members and co-workers affirmed that Faye was a unique caregiver who always went above and beyond, showing the utmost respect for her residents, this was truly Faye’s day. Many thought they knew Faye but few really understood her. Those that knew Faye, knew the kindness and warmth of her smile, and paid their respects on 15 December.
As a young girl on the farm, Faye always had the vision and the desire to become a nurse and now as she was devoting her life to the care of others, it became her turn to be the cared for. The completion of her LPN training was not to be, the discovery of terminal cancer soon changed those plans.
Faye is survived and will be forever remembered by her dedicated and loving husband Lorne, and her loving son Devon.
She is survived by her parents Arthur & Emily Brown, sister Rita (Paul), nieces Tanya (Steve), Sesley (Brennan), and great-nieces Faith, Rayne, Harley, nephews, Cory (Michelle), Brad, and many uncles, aunts, and cousins. Faye spoke frequently that, as a young girl, she had an aunt who always had a special place in her heart, Aunt Phyliss. Faye also spoke highly of her Aunt Cora, JP, ret.
Faye is also survived by brothers-in-law Merv (Yvette) & Eugene, and nieces Shelley (Tim), Nonie, and nephews Matthew, Brad ( Amanda), and Curt (Vanessa), several great-nieces and nephews.
Faye was predeceased by her mother-in-law Marie Hussack, grandparents Gordon & Mabel Brown, and Tom & Mary Kluk, as well as many uncles, aunts and cousins.
With great pride, Faye would let you know that she was the daughter of a second generation of active military status.
You were so young; only 53, there was still so much to see, to do, and to share, but we understand this is such a small sacrifice, for you to be free of pain and in the home of our Father God. Your presence is here.
Precious memories of Faye are left to be cherished and mourned by her husband Ernie Lorne and her son Devon Lorne.
She did not lose the battle, eh, she did not win, but she is with the victorious. She fought a brave battle over four months trying to beat a cancer that had a two year head start. In the end it matters only how you fought that battle. So valiantly.
In lieu of flowers, donations graciously accepted to the Holy Spirit Ukrainian Catholic Church, 45940 Alexander Avenue, Chilliwack, BC, 604-524-8824, “for mass for the repose of the soul” or Fraser Valley Cancer Clinic in Surrey.
A very special heartfelt individual thank you to Lila from Dr. Fitzpatrick’s office, Dr. David Fitzpatrick, Dr. Stopforth, Dr. Bester, Cindy and Doreen of Ambulatory Care, Carol & Robin at CGH switchboard, Barb Blanchette and the ER/Triage nurses, Bev & Wroni of NU4-CGH, Diane & her team of Dean, Gloria, Laurel, Margo, Nick, Sandra, Sue of NU3-CGH, Debbie, Angie and the recognized co-workers of The Waverly of Chilliwack, Rose & her team of Tara, Candace, and Bonnie of FCHSupport, Bev, Kim, Wendy of the Home Support Nurses team, and George, Steve, Linda, Ray, Chuck, and the entire Pharmacy team at Shoppers Drugs, Southgate and the paramedic crews of EHS who attended so often & faithfully at our home. A special “Thank you” to the pallbearers: Anthony, Brandi, Irene, Matt, Wayne and Wroni.
Faye, until we meet again………………“see you on the other side.” blink, blink