Nancy Faber, 85, of Kingman, died unexpectedly on Feb. 16, 2016. Her family is left with a hole in their hearts that can't be filled. She was the matriarch of our family, and we were not ready to say goodbye to her.
Nancy Fay Murphy was born June 30, 1930. She was the only child of Julia Kirkendahl and Sylvester Murphy. She lived many happy early years on a farm in Gwinner, N.D., with her mother, her Aunt Agnes McFarland, and uncles. Her mother was a teacher, and they moved often to areas with one-room schoolhouses, sometimes living in the same building with a classroom for all grade levels. She graduated from Casselton High School, and soon after met her naval sweetheart, Francis (Dusty) Faber. They were married July 3, 1950, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Fargo, N.D. They raised their eight children in Enderlin, N.D., where she was an appreciated councilwoman on the city assembly. She and Dusty spent their enjoyable retirement years in Lake Havasu City and Kingman.
After her husband's death in 2014, Nancy volunteered at White Cliffs Senior Living Center in Kingman. She enjoyed visiting with the staff and residents at the center. She hosted "Coffee with Nancy."
Nancy started running (jogging) at age 40, and continued to run until she was 60 years old. After that she impressed all who knew her by walking 3-4 miles, three times a week at a very fast pace.
Her husband, mother and father precede her in death.
She is survived by her children; Theonita Ketchum, Edmund (Loretta) Faber, Kim (Dale) Zwingelberg, Craig (Sharon) Faber, Blaine (Vicki) Faber, Elton (Shereen) Faber, Cindy (Jens) Faber, and Aaron (Amy) Faber. She was blessed with nine grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Her family invites all her family and friends to join us to celebrate her life on Feb. 25, 2016, for a viewing at Sutton Funeral Home at 10:30 a.m.-noon and funeral services at St. Mary's Catholic Church at 2 p.m. A luncheon will follow the church service at White Cliffs Senior Living in the Wellness Center Room 2nd Floor.
In lieu of flowers, thoughts and condolences may be made to Sutton Funeral Home, Kingman, or if you wish, donations may be given to organizations that support the homeless Veterans of Foreign Wars.