Faye Irene Pengilly
1926 ~ 2013
Faye Irene Pengilly, 87, of Boise, died of natural causes on Sunday, October 20, 2013, in her home. She was surrounded by her loving family and her pets.
Faye will be most remembered for her compassion, generosity, warm company, and great sense of humor. She loved her home where she lived for 50 years, her children and grandchildren, animals, travel, and sports—especially the BSU Broncos. She always read the sports page first when she opened the daily paper.
Faye was born to Irene and Hugo Peters in Bend, Oregon, on May 19, 1926. She had one sister, June. She grew up during the Depression and World War II, events that shaped the rest of her life. Faye graduated from Bend High in 1944, and soon moved to Portland, Oregon. In Portland, she lived at the Martha Washington residential house and attended Binky Walker Business School. From there, she moved to Tacoma, where she worked as a secretary by day, and Almond Roca candy wrapper by night (she could never eat Almond Roca from then on..).
After earning enough money, Faye moved with a friend to Los Angeles—a bold move for a small town girl. They took the bus to get to LA, and just north of San Francisco, the bus driver announced that the war in Europe had ended. Cheers broke out, and the bus laid over in San Francisco so all could join in the celebrations. In Los Angeles, she worked at Bethlehem Steel as a secretary--known for her lightning fast typing skills.
After returning to Bend, she met John Pengilly, a local Bend boy who had returned from the Navy. They married in Reno, Nevada, at the courthouse on September 9, 1949. This simple ceremony resulted in a loving marriage that lasted fifty years.
Faye and John began their life together in Halfway, Oregon, beautiful Pine Valley, where John operated a lumber business. They had many memorable years there with the births of their three children and good company of neighbors.
In 1959, they moved to Boise where they built the Downtowner Motel. A full service hospitality business, John worked around the clock while Mom took care of the family and home. She served as chauffer, cook, counselor, home manager, tutor, coach, always a friend to her children's friends, and a wonderful, loving mother.
After selling the Downtower, Faye and John opened Pengilly's Saloon in 1976 where she managed the kitchen and assisted in other aspects of the business. There, they developed great friendships that have lasted to this day.
Faye was heartbroken when John died in 2000. True to her character, though, she pulled through and took over management of the Saloon until 2006—30 years after its opening. Her final years were spent in her cherished home, enjoying family, friends, neighbors, and her pets. Mom always had a dog, sometimes two, and late in life, she inherited a cat that stayed by her side throughout. She loved sitting out in her beautiful back yard on summer evenings, listening to the birds and crickets, and watching the dogs and cat explore. We will miss her greatly.
Faye is survived by her three children and their spouses: Jay and Mimi Pengilly of Moscow, Pete and Dena Pengilly of Boise, and Suzi Pengilly and Craig Holmquist of Boise and Whidbey Island, Washington; five loving grandchildren: Molly Moon Neitzel, Max and Marie Pengilly, Joe and Margo Pengilly, and a new great granddaughter, February Moon Reinig. She is preceded in death by her dear husband John, an infant daughter, her sister June, and her loving granddaughter Anna Neitzel.
The family extends its profound appreciation to the kind doctors, medical staff, and caregivers who took care of Faye, especially Dr. Kenneth Weitemier; Brett, Jennifer, Liz, and Anna of St. Luke's Hospice; and Havenwood Caregiver Services.
A celebration of life will be held in her honor over the Thanksgiving weekend--details forthcoming. Memorials can be made in Faye's name to the Idaho Humane Society, https://www.idahohumanesociety, or to Molly Moon's Anna Banana Milk Fund, http://www.familyworksseattle.org.
Published in Idaho Statesman from Oct. 22 to Oct. 24, 2013