Faye Collins Smith was born Dec. 17, 1921, and died August 11, 2013 at the age of 91.
Visitation will be today (Tuesday, August 13) from 5 until 7 p.m. at Rose-Neath Funeral Home, 211 Murrell St. in Minden. Brothers Bill Crider and Bill Ichter will conduct the graveside service on Wednesday, August 14, at 11 a.m. at Pleasant Valley Methodist Church Cemetery, 16835 Highway 371 near Minden.
Faye was born in Kerens, Texas. She met her husband, Jack, in Palacios, Texas, where she was living and he was stationed for military training during World War II.
After their marriage, she accompanied Jack to San Diego where he was waiting for deployment to Europe. While in San Diego she was Rosie the Riveter, working in an aircraft factory. After the war, they returned to Minden near Jack's family home, where she resided until 2006 when she made a move to Live Oak Retirement Community in Shreveport.
Jack and Faye had three children and she had major responsibility for the home and children while he worked away from home as a railroad engineer. After the children were grown, she worked in women's retail. She loved clothes and loved helping people dress in style.
Faye was an active member of First Baptist Church of Minden from 1945 until her move to Live Oak. Faye and Jack particularly loved the SonRisers, a senior adult ministry of the church.
They were faithful volunteers after their retirement. She was active in the PTA, the ladies' auxiliary of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and her church. She was a great seamstress and enjoyed cooking, traveling, ceramics and china painting. She was particularly gifted with young children and took great joy in her grandchildren.
After her move to Live Oak, she was an active participant in the many activities there. Faye was faithful in everything she undertook. She loved her church, studied her Bible daily and served her Lord.
Preceding her in death were her husband, Jack; her parents, Robert and Lillie Collins; her young siblings, Billy Ray and Norma Jean; her nephews, Quillen Collins, Jamie Smith and Jimmie Smith; and her niece, Patty Haverstick.
She is survived by her brother, Ray Collins and his wife, Evelyn and their son, Dwayne; son, Jack and his wife, Donna and daughters, Wendy Rupley and her husband, Robert and Sarah Smith; daughter, Janice Allison and her daughters, Kristy Harvill and Jeff and their sons, Jeffrey, Scotty, and Jake, Jennifer Flynn and her husband, Matt and children, Michael and Abby and Julie Coyle and her husband, Charlie and their children, Jack and Mary Helen; daughter, Deborah Roberts and her husband, Stephen and their daughter, Mackenzie.
She is also survived by her step-grandchildren, Emily Lewis, Stephen Roberts, Jr., Hobby Roberts, Catherine Hall and Philip Goerner.
Faye's surviving nephews and nieces and their spouses are Ann and Tony Hayes, Sue and Buzz Hortman, Charles and Wanda Smith, Gwen Smith, Pam and Curt Lamprecht and Dwayne Collins.
Honorary pallbearers are grandsons, Jeffrey Harvill, Scotty Harvill, Jake Harvill and Michael Flynn and great-grandson, Jack Coyle.
Memorials may be made to the Senior Adult Ministry of First Baptist Church of Minden, 301 Pennsylvania, Minden, LA 71055; Pleasant Valley UMC Cemetery Fund, 16835 Highway 371, Minden, LA 71055, or a charity of the donor's choice.
Faye's family would like to express their gratitude to Dr. Charlie Powers for his loving and gentle care and the staff of Live Oak for her years with them.