Idaho State Journal, 01/16/13
MALAD — Our loving mother and grandmother passed away on January 10, 2013, at the Oneida County Nursing Home. Faye Williams Caldwell was born of goodly parents on March 15, 1912, to Edward G. and Martha B. Williams in the bedroom of their family home. This was the beginning of a wonderful life for Faye which lasted 100 years, nine months, and 25 days.
Faye grew up on the family farm in Daniels, Idaho, with her only sister, June and six brothers, Dee, Glen B., Claude, Thayne (Sod), Leon and Percy. They enjoyed many good times together. Faye had a great sense of humor and was full of mischief. She loved to pull pranks on her sister and brothers.
She married the love of her life, John Earl Caldwell on November 30, 1930. Faye and Earl had two children, son Gene and daughter Gaylene. Faye and Earl loved to travel and while traveling they took time to smell the flowers along the way and visit with whoever they met. Sometimes it would take them several days to travel a hundred miles.
Quilting, crocheting, and knitting were the favorite pastimes of Faye and sister June. They were famous for their “poop ducks,” which were sent to many friends all over the country.
Faye was active in the LDS Church, and in the community, volunteering to serve wherever needed. Years ago when her husband Earl was farming with horses she would follow him around the field on horseback knitting sweaters for her children and friends.
She and her husband, Earl, loved to dance. Every Saturday night before going to the LaGrande Hall to dance, they would warm up in the living room to the music of Lawrence Welk. They practically wore out the living room carpet.
Faye was famous for her raisin pies and raisin rice pudding. Many tried to duplicate her recipe for the pies and puddings without much success.
She was an avid Utah Jazz fan and for many years she never missed a Malad High School girls’ or boys’ basketball game. Faye loved to bowl. She bowled for many years but decided to quit when her eyesight wouldn’t allow her to get at least 10 pins with two balls.
She played pinochle for over 50 years with the Kith Club. She was ready to play with family and friends at any time.
Faye was a season ticket holder for plays at the Iron Door Playhouse in Malad for many years. Because she had an infectious laugh, the cast would offer to buy her a ticket for every night’s production so they could hear her laugh.
She had a great caring attitude for her entire life. Her motto was, “If you can’t say something nice about a person, don’t say anything.” She made everyone feel welcome in her home. She was a people person and her family was very important to her.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Edward G. and Martha B. Williams, her husband, John Earl Caldwell, five brothers, Dee Williams, Glen B. Williams, Claude Williams, Thayne (Sod) Williams, Percy Williams, a granddaughter, Debra Braker and Bill Willie, son-in-law. Faye is in a happy place now with her parents, husband and granddaughter.
Faye is survived by her children, Gene (Kay) Caldwell of Malad, Gaylene Willie of Holbrook; her sister, June Jones of Malad; one brother, Leon Williams of Darlington, Idaho; her grandchildren, Leslie Kay (David) Blanchard of St. Peters, Missouri, Gina (Hal) Halladay of Gilbert, Arizona, Shane (Lisa) Willie, of Holbrook and Leslie Willie of Greenville, North Carolina; along with 10 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren.
We give thanks to the great staff of the Oneida County nursing home and Access hospice, especially Rachel Madsen, who stayed until the wee hours of the morning caring for our mother.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, January 18, at 2 p.m. in the Horsley Funeral Home, 132 W. 300 N. in Malad. Friends may visit with the family on Thursday evening from 7 to 8 p.m. and on Friday prior to the services from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. Burial will follow in the Malad Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.horsleyfuneralhome.com