Obituary: Faye Blevins

Faye Blevins

Faye Blevins

Faye Blevins passed away peacefully at the White Cliffs Senior Village in Kingman on March 27, 2015.

Faye, the youngest of seven children, was born April 13, 1927, to Max and Stella Eckert in Boerne, Texas. She loved growing up on the family ranch in Boerne, riding horses, swimming in the water tank, working in the fields and going on cattle drives with her dad.

In her younger years, Faye was a guardian angel for her older sister Blanche Hope, who was a Down Syndrome child. They would walk the railroad tracks together to school and Faye had the responsibility to look out for Hope to make certain she was treated fairly. Consequently, Faye developed a heart for those who are disadvantaged.

After high school graduation, Faye met and married Gene Blevins when he was discharged from the US Air Force shortly after WWII. Together they had a family of seven children. Faye was a very dedicated and loving mother to her children. They have wonderful memories of coming home to the aroma of pinto beans and cornbread cooking or a big batch of butter or caramel rolls in the oven. She sewed special outfits for all of the children and made certain that all holidays became wonderful memories. Faye was kind, loving, caring, funny and a hardworking woman, loved by her family and many friends.

Although the family traveled with Gene's work in the oil fields for many years, Faye and the children settled in Crosby, N.D., in 1960 and spent 20 years there enjoying the friends and good people that surrounded the family. In 1981, Faye retired from many years as an employee at the Eckness Super Value and moved to Mesa to be closer to her children. In 1992, Faye retired from the Bashas' grocery chain in the Phoenix area to move Kingman. She enjoyed the time for interior design, home projects, watching hummingbirds and traveling with family and friends. During her retirement she had two dogs named Midnight and Zoey who were her loving companions. She also devoted volunteer time to the Kingman Food Bank and attended Grace Lutheran Church for many years.

Service plans are pending. Faye's ashes will be inurned at the Grace Lutheran Church Columbarium with those of her daughter Judy Janisse, who perished in 1991. Ashes will also be shared at the family ranch or cemetery plot in Boerne, Texas, and at her son Roger's gravesite in Crosby, N.D. Faye is survived by her children: Patricia "Trish" Nelsen of Bemidji, Minn.; Donna Pederson (Jim) of Kingman, Ariz.; Debbie Burner (Tim) of Boise, Idaho; Cindy Hawk (Dan) of Denver; and Dewey "Butch" Blevins (Paige) of Lodi, Calif.; together with 11 grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

The family greatly rejoices in the blessings of the life of Faye.