Faye Ellen Stemm Smith passed away on May 18, 2013 at the age of 98 surrounded by her family.|
She was born November 20, 1914 in Texas City to Eva Nancy Scott Stemm and George Washington Stemm. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Robert E. Lee High School in Baytown, Texas , attended Mary Hardin Baylor, and graduated with high honors from Sam Houston State Teacher's College. She began her teaching career at David G. Burnet Elementary School in Baytown. She loved children and teaching was second nature to her. Faye met the love of her life, Charles (Ed) Smith, Jr. during this time and they were married 55 wonderful years together until his death in 1998. During their life together they lived in Baytown, Houston, Wyoming, and retired to Lakeway, Texas. They moved to the Hallmark in Houston in 1992 where she and Ed reunited with lifelong dear friends and met many new ones. They loved traveling together, but most importantly being close to their only daughter and family.
During her years in Baytown Faye was actively involved in her church, and taught Sunday School for years. She enjoyed her membership in the Service League of Baytown, and began a lifelong membership of 64 years in the PEO Sisterhood. After moving to Houston in 1960 she continued her love for PEO by being a charter member of a new chapter, DU, serving as President in the early years. She was a Patron Member of the Junior League of Houston, and belonged to the Emma Rogers MIT Society, the Littlefield Society, and Chancellor's Council of the University of Texas. Faye was an avid bridge player, loved reading, and playing mahjong.
Faye was deeply spiritual and loved the Lord. She was strong in her faith and passed this on to her daughter and grandchildren. She served her church, Memorial Drive Presbyterian, in many ways and loved her friends in her church circle.
More than anything she deeply loved her husband, her only daughter, Nancy Smith Wolf, her three grandchildren, and her four great-grandchildren. She loved any outing with the family and getting together for holidays and special occasions.
Faye was preceded in death by her husband, Ed, her infant son Alan Clay, her daughter Lanta Evelyn, and her sisters, Kathleen McKinney, and Mary Evelyn Wolcott, her brothers-in-law, Eugene McKinney, and Roy Wolcott. She is survived by her daughter, Nancy Smith Wolf and husband, Jim, her grandson, Jamie Wolf and wife Emily; granddaughter, Elise Cooper and husband Chad; and granddaughter Lauren Cook and husband Matt; her great-grandchildren, Avery Elise Cooper, Caden McKenzie Cooper, Ashley Alane Wolf, and Julia Lauren Wolf. Also, her nephews: George Wolcott, Craig Sandison, David McKinney and wife Jerry, and nieces: Rose Anne Scott, and Laurie Mahaffey and husband Mike.
The family would like to give special thanks to the staff at the Hallmark Healthcare, especially, Annette, Carlos, Eureka, Shirlene, and Diana, and June for their love and thoughtful care over the past four years. You added happiness, and a special joy in her final years.
A memorial service honoring Faye's life will be held Saturday, May 25, at 1:00 pm at Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church in the Chapel. A private family burial service will be held Saturday morning at Memorial Oaks Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Faye's favorite charities: Star of Hope, Interfaith Ministries, Houston Food Bank, or the
Published in Houston Chronicle from May 23 to May 24, 2013