Janet Faye Clark Merriman Hauser Walsh. You probably just knew her as Faye. We must announce she died on Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2012. She came to this earth Aug. 6, 1947, and on Nov. 13, 2012, went back to heaven. Belle Lawrence Clark and Leslie Frank Clark were her parents. They lived in Martinsville, Va., until they died. Karl Everett Hauser Jr. was her second husband and he passed away in February 1999. She had a good life and loved it so. I'm not sure she really wanted to go, but go she did as we all must do, she and me and even you. We don't get to choose the time or place but take comfort she went with a smile on her face. But looking ahead she was eager to reunite with the loved ones she missed since they left this life, especially Karl, the love of her life. Her mama and Karl and many more will be there to greet her at Heaven's door.

She has no regular church though she had been to all in town but had not found one to settle down. She was baptized in faith so her future is secure. She's in a happy place you can rest assured. She resists tradition and finds routine to be bland, so thankful she had a chance to help with the plan. All will be wonderful, all will be great. No need to be sad, this is everyone's fate. So let's get together, let's eat, laugh and sing. She loves to hear your voices ring. Let's look at pictures and memories of joyful, happy times. Maybe even witness some partners in crime. Let's send her away with celebration, no traditional preaching, no viewing, verses, sadness and doom, this is a celebration, not a hushed quiet gloom. I may have some talents, though not a poet, but I am peaceful and happy and I want you to know it. Do not send flowers, I think it's a waste.

Survivors include her husband, Martin Joseph Walsh Sr.; son and daughter-in-law, Lawrence C. Merriman and Dana, all of Colonial Heights; her siblings she leaves are, Barbara Bowling and husband, Donnie, of Fort Mill, S.C.; Joy Clark of Martinsville, Judi Finney and husband, Amon, of Martinsville, Cathy Clark of Richmond, Va., Pam Clark of Martinsville; nieces and nephews, Donna Bowling, Larry Cope, Dana Honbarrier; great-nieces, Abby, Cannon, Emily; and one very special dear aunt, Bettie Miller; numerous cousins, and many precious friends galore.

A celebration of life service will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012, at Second Chance Baptist Church, 2701 County Drive, Petersburg, Va., with the Rev. David Prather officiating. There will be a reception in the fellowship hall following the service.

If you want to donate, you can choose a place: Crater Community Hospice, 3916 S. Crater Road, Petersburg, VA 23805 or to the , Glen Allen office, 4240 Park Place Court, Glen Allen, VA 23060 or to the , P.O. Box 5216, Glen Allen, VA 23058-5216.


Published in The Progress-Index on Nov. 15, 2012