On Saturday, January 9, 2010, at 11 a.m., a brief service will be held at the Boothby Funeral Home in Cherokee with burial to follow in the Oak Hill Cemetery at Cherokee. Rev. Ray Kruger and Rev. Ethan Sayler will officiate. Visitation will be held on Friday, January 8th from 1 p.m. until 8 p.m. with the family present from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the Boothby Funeral Home. Online condolences can be left at www.boothbyfuneral.com
Mary Faye Brown was born to Fred and Josephine (Carpenter) Brown on April 17, 1905, in Webster City, Iowa. She moved to Renwick, Iowa at the age of 4, and attended a rural, one-room school until the fifth grade. Then she attended Vernon Consolidated School in Humboldt County (this was one of the first consolidated schools in the area). After high school graduation in 1924, Faye attended Ellsworth College in Iowa Falls and Iowa State Teacher's College in Cedar Falls. She taught the 4th grade at Arnolds Park, IA for two years. Faye met and married Clyde Trimble on May 19, 1929 in Arnolds Park. This ended her teaching career, since women who were married were not allowed to teach at that time. Two years after they were married, a sophomore nephew came to live with Faye and Clyde and the fifth year after they were married, two high school girls, whose parents were killed in an accident, came to spend the rest of their school years in the Trimble home.
In 1939, Faye and Clyde left teaching and bought into a furniture business in Perry. Two years later, they bought their own furniture business in Cherokee, but were forced to sell it when Clyde was called into the U.S. Navy. During the 32 months Clyde served, Faye worked in Chicago at the Navy Officer's haberdashery and later in Washington D.C. at the National Airport and in civil service at the Navy Annex. After the war, they returned to Cherokee and opened another furniture store. For many years, Faye was an active member in P.E.O., the Memorial Presbyterian Church, Eastern Star and several bridge clubs. She was well known for the African Violets she raised, for which she won numerous awards. She also enjoyed needlepoint and cooking.
Faye was preceded in death by her husband Clyde in 1994; brothers and sisters-in-law: Charles Brown, Cecil & Marie Brown, Fred & Ruth Brown, and Charles Brown.
She is survived by her sister-in-law, Lucille Brown of Ringsted; and several nieces and nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews.