On Monday October 28, 2019, Florence "Fay" Sharpe passed away at Tekoa Care Center in Tekoa, Washington.
Dean and Aimee would personally like to thank, Tiffany, Terry, Cailyn and Lisa as they were lovingly by Fay's side the entire time. We would like to thank Tiffany for her compassion, kindness and exceptional care of Fay over the weekend and we would like to thank Terry for staying by our Mother's side until Annie Pillars arrived. All of you will never know just how much this means to us...
We would like to thank the entire staff at Tekoa Care Center as our Mother received exceptional care. The staff were consistently compassionate, kind and patient even though Fay would tell them from time to time that they all needed to be fired. A heartfelt thank you to Kitty, Brenda and Molly.
Fay was born in Mabton, Washington on March 7, 1943 to Edson "Jack" Sharpe and Grace "Ione" Sharpe. She grew up in the beautiful Horse Heaven as her parents farmed wheat up at "The Ranch."
Fay was preceded in death by her father, Jack, her daughter Molly, her mother Ione, her brother, Jack and sister Helen. She is survived by her sister Kathy, three children, Aimee, Allison and Dean and four grandchildren, Alyssa, Xavier, Gabriel and Georgia who were the light in her eyes; she loved them very much...
Fay graduated from Central Washington University with a Bachelor's Degree in Art Education and she taught Junior High Art in Longview, Washington.
She was an exceptional Art Teacher and a very talented painter. She had a deep love for music and started taking piano lessons as a little girl. She especially loved playing "Eidelweiss," from the film, "The Sound of Music."
Fay also loved entertaining and was known for hosting lovely dinner parties. She enjoyed gourmet cooking and baking. It was always extremely important to her to have her favorite recipes recorded on recipe cards and kept closely in her recipe box.
She had a true gift and passion for Art, Floral and Interior Design and antiques. She was blessed with a true artist's eye.
Fay loved spending time with her children and grandchildren during holidays and birthdays.
Dean cherishes his memory of Mom always saying "Wunderbar." And he remembers singing Dean Martin's rendition of "That's Amore," to her as she named him after Dean Martin.
"I have known my Grandma since I was 6 years old. She was a kind hearted person and I hope she brings joy to our family in heaven and that she does rest peacefully and that we remember highly of her and cherish the good times that we have spent with her. I know all of us miss her deeply but she will live in our hearts." Xavier Ryan Hill
Aimee cherishes her memories with her Momma in Longview, Washington when she was a little girl. My Momma always bought me bismarks at the bakery, made me delightful avocado, margarine sandwiches seasoned with garlic salt. And she drove me around town in her white Volkswagen bug. We would also stop by the nearby park to feed the ducks.
Aimee and Dean would like to thank Susan Erickson as she was a kind, caring, compassionate and genuine friend to Fay. Susan picked Fay up from her apartment in Yakima on a regular basis. She took Fay out to lunch, and they went shopping and antiquing together. They also attended events at the Cultural Center in Toppenish, Washington which included staying in a tepee. It was lovely to see them on their way to an outing or an event as they had so much fun together and both enjoyed a great sense of humor. They were like two college girls who were dear friends who both loved life, laughing and having fun.
God Bless you Mom, Momma and Grandma. You remain in our hearts for eternity.
Graveside Service will be Saturday, November 2, 2019 at 1:00 pm at Glade Cemetery, Ridge Rd, Mabton, WA. Those wishing to sign "Fay's" online memorial book may do so at www.funeralhomesmith.com Smith Funeral Home in care of arrangements.
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