Faye Anderson Barney, age 91, left this earth on May 25, 2022 in Farmington, Utah. Her strong, capable, nurturing and tender spirit has flown to the long-awaiting arms of her husband.
Born December 10, 1930 in Mayfield, Utah, Faye was raised by loving parents Elmer and Geneva (Jensen) Anderson. Under the watchful care of her parents, the quiet, wrinkled hands we held just yesterday had learned to love the soil, tend to her farm animals, stitch and crochet, and to nurture others.
While she was still a teenager, she gave her hand in marriage to Gale Barney on August 18, 1948. She graduated from Manti High the summer after she was married. Their faith in the Lord led Faye and Gale to seal their union in the Manti Temple on October 10, 1985.
Faye and Gale bore and raised two devoted children: Scott Elmer (Christy Ernst) now of Oak Harbor, Washington, and Sheila Faye Ross (Mark) of Farmington, Utah. From those two children came seven dynamic grandchildren who loved and revered her: Gregory, Gayle, Christopher, Jenni, Joel, Jordan, and McKenzie. Those grandchildren are raising 20 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild. Her influence will long remain on this earth. Faye and Gale raised Scott and Sheila in Sunset, Utah, and then returned to Faye’s childhood home in Mayfield where they lived out the remainder of their lives.
Faye was a beautiful recipe of human traits; strong yet tender, devoted and independent, a thinker and an artist. Her hands were always busy tending to her flourishing vegetable and flower garden, stitching doll clothes, working on a newly-stretched quilt, and stirring delicious soup. But they will be most remembered for the tender way they cared for children her whole life. Besides her own, she nurtured countless other little-ones in her home. Her hands were most comfortable rhythmically patting the back of a child who was tucked safely against her heart.
Faye was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, brother Elmo Anderson and sister Ireda Faatz. We who remain here are comforted by the thought of this divine reunion. Faye was a devoted member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The dedication of her grave will be held in the Mayfield Cemetery at 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 31st, 2022.