Fay, 62, passed away on Saturday, August 5, 2006 from coronary artery disease and a prolonged period of kidney failure.
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She is survived by her loving and devoted husband, Tom of Tacoma; and son, Cory (Jodi) Crawford of Puyallup, daughter, Sherri(Kelly) Bates of Las Vegas, NV and grandchildren, Matt, Megan and Christy.
Fay was an only child born on June 5, 1944 in the North Side of Pittsburgh, PA to Matthew and Alice Kavanagh. In 1950 they moved to Maywood, CA where she attended catholic school for most of her childhood and later graduated from Bell High School in 1962.
Being born to relatively older parents (Alice, 40 and Matthew, approximately 63); Fay was a young girl when her father passed away leaving her mother to raise her alone. Fay always talked about and remembered her mother’s sisters (Aunt Clara, Norni and Dee Dee) who were there to help raise and support her through most of her life.
In 1961 Fay married Jim Crawford and they shared many good years of marriage together. After their son, Cory was born in 1963 they moved from California to Auburn, WA. Fay was a homemaker but for a short time she worked as an operator for Pacific Northwest Bell to help support her young family along with Jim. In 1965, Fay and Jim moved to University Place, WA and in the same year their daughter, Sherri was born.
During Cory and Sherri’s childhood, Fay was a very loving, caring and supportive mom. She always talked about how proud she was to have been a homemaker for her family, and how fortunate she was to be able to be at home for most of Cory and Sherri’s growing up years. Fay had an extremely caring and nurturing rareness about her that made her a great mom, wife and aunt. Her nieces, Debbie, Jani and Carolyn, and nephew, Bruce often talk about how understanding and loving she was to them as they were growing up, too.
Although Fay enjoyed being at home with her family she also had outside working interests through the years. In the mid-70’s she attended beauty school and later worked at Wanda’s Beauty Shop. She also worked as a relief school bus driver for University Place School District where she formed many friendships.
In 1987, Fay welcomed her first grandchild, Matthew (Sherri) and later, Megan (Cory) and Christy (Sherri). If ever there was a more profound purpose in her life, becoming a Grandma was one of the most heartening, satisfying and meaningful roles she would ever have besides being a mother. Before she passed away, one of her fulfilling occasions was to participate and watch her first grandchild graduate from High School. This aspect of her life cannot be emphasized enough about the love and affection she had for her grandchildren.
Fay had various hobbies and artistic abilities. She had a fascination and love for elephants and had an extensive collection that grew over the years. Fay was an avid bowler for several of her early adulthood years; she was an excellent seamstress and handcrafted many of Cory and Sherri‘s clothes throughout their childhood; and she also liked doing ceramics, crocheting and making needlepoint art.
In 1991 she met and began her longtime relationship with Tom Hopkins, and in February 2004 they were married. Together they built a life based on unconditional love and admiration. When Fay became ill, over the past 6 years with coronary heart disease and then kidney failure in late 2003, the unconditional love and admiration they shared was obvious. It was most apparent in the love and devotion that Tom gave to Fay emotionally and in taking care of her daily medical needs. While continuing to work full-time, Tom was relentless and tireless in providing Fay with a comfortable home and meaningful life.
In honor of Tom, the St. Joseph’s Hospital medical staff gave tribute to him as our family was saying good-bye to Fay, mom, mom-in-law and grandma. They thanked him for his doting and loving care that he gave to Alice “Fay”, and they said that they had never experienced someone as devoted to another human being as he was to Fay.
Our family owes Tom a debt of gratitude for being there unconditionally for Fay and us, which can only be repaid with our appreciation, love and respect. Thank you, Tom.
We will sorely miss our mom, grandma, mom-in-law, wife, aunt and friend. She has made an unforgettable imprint in our lives that we will hold tight and cherish in her memories. We will miss her laughter, her advice, her understanding and the unconditional love that she gave so undoubtedly.
Fay was cremated as requested, and a Celebration of Life will be held on Saturday, August 26. Donations, in lieu of flowers or gifts may be made to your favorite charity in memory of Alice “Fay” Hopkins(Crawford).
Arrangements by Edwards Memorial Center, 253-566-1008. Thank you, Derek and Brianne for your excellent customer service and care you take with each family.