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Kathy Marie Faykes, 60, passed away peacefully on Aug. 4, 2016, after a seven-month battle with cancer. Throughout this struggle, Kathy remained determined and optimistic.
Kathy was born Aug. 12, 1955, in Elmhurst, Ill. She was raised in Portsmouth, Va., where she graduated from Churchland High School. She went on to earn a degree in elementary education from Virginia Tech University. Kathy taught kindergarten and first grade for 20 years in the United States and Europe. In 1990 she was named the Department of Defense Dependent School Teacher of the Year from her school.
Kathy was an avid quilter, cook and gardener. Over the years she completed more than 200 quilts, which she gifted to family and friends to mark the milestones in their lives. Her passion for cooking was evident in the family meals she prepared and most notably at the Faykes’ annual Christmas party.
Kathy loved the challenge and camaraderie of golf. Winning came a distant second to the joy she had being with her friends on the golf course. Kathy’s easy smile and warm nature made everyone she encountered feel special.
Finally, Kathy took great pride in her role as a military spouse. Over the years Kathy and her husband, Frank, had the opportunity to live in and explore many new cities. Her favorite was Paris, and she never tired of seeing it again. She was involved in many activities in support of the airman, both while Frank was in active service and in retirement.
Kathy loved God, her family, friends and life. Her amazing attitude was an example that impressed all who knew her. She was everyone’s best friend.
Kathy was preceded in death by her brother, Paul Neumann.
She is survived by her husband, Air Force Major General (Ret.) Frank Faykes of Williamsburg, Va.; her parents, Elizabeth and LeRoy Neumann of Chesapeake, Va.; her brother, Kurt Neumann of Williamsburg, Va.; her sister, Kris Rushing of Portsmouth, Va.; and many nieces and nephews whom she loved dearly.
Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016, at Nelsen Funeral Home, 3785 Strawberry Plains Road, Williamsburg, Va. A Liturgy of Service will be at noon Friday, Aug. 12, at St. Bede Catholic Church, 3686 Ironbound Road, Williamsburg, Va. A reception will follow at Two Rivers Country Club in Governor’s Land.
Interment at Arlington National Cemetery will follow at a later date.
Online condolences may be offered at www.nelsencares.com.