Born in Saint John and raised in St. Martins, Faye’s family ties to the area go back to the late 1700’s.
Faye graduated from St. Martin’s High School and joined the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1961. At first she served as a Radar Operator or, as they called themselves “Scope Dopes.” She later served as an administrator in various units including the 1967 Canadian Armed Forces Centennial Tattoo; Defence Research Board and six months at the North Pole (Alert). Faye claimed to have never seen Santa but did see arctic wolves, hares, foxes and magnificent, huge icebergs.
Faye ended a 32 year career in 1993, in Ottawa, working on the future administration computerization program. She claimed that with 19 moves in 32 years there was a “post it” slip on her file in Ottawa that read “Has Suitcase, Will Travel”. Her friends would agree that her unique sense of humour was one of her endearing qualities.
In 1995 Faye joined the Quaco Historical and Library Society and served on its board for 20 years, 10 of them as secretary. Faye’s interest in history was most evident in her work as the volunteer genealogist for the society she loved. A former president of the Association Museums New Brunswick noted that Faye’s knowledge of the genealogy of the village she called home was unexcelled. For over 20 years Faye and other volunteers gave regular tours to seniors from across North America who visited St. martins to participate in the “Roads Scholar Program” (formerly Elderhostel) sponsored annually between May and October by a local inn.
At the same time, she joined the Army Cadet Corps in St. Martins and then the Sussex Corps as a volunteer civilian instructor to give back to the youth of those communities.
Faye was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012.
Until her death, she continued to serve on the Board of the Historical Society and was serving as its archivist and genealogist. She also continued to volunteer in the Quaco Museum doing tours and telling stories.
Faye is survived by her sister Valerie Densmore (Carl) of Fairfield, NB; sister-in-law Carol Marks of Saint John; nieces Angela Hanlon, Carla Leach (Jamie), Lori Bunn (Carrie), Hilory Marks (Bruce), Lauren Marks (Chad); as well as several great nieces and great nephews and a great-great nephew. Faye was predeceased by her parents Austin and Lila (McCue) Marks and her brother Timothy.
A personal thank you to Dr. Le and Dr. Dolan as well as Rev. David Barrett. A special thank you to Ron Bridges for his daily phone calls. Your kindness will not be forgotten.
Arrangements are under the direction of Fundy Funeral Home, 230 Westmorland Road (646-2424). As per Faye’s wishes, there will be no visitation or funeral service. A private family celebration of her life will take place at a later date. Donations in memory of Faye may be made to the St. Martins Quaco Museum or to the charity of the donor’s choice.
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