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Faye Townsend Corning

Published: Monday, Dec. 30, 2013 11:55 a.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, Dec. 30, 2013 12:01 p.m. CDT

Faye Townsend, 95, of Corning died Dec. 26, 2013, at Alegent Creighton Health Mercy Hospital in Corning.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 31, at the United Methodist Church in Corning. The Rev. Dan Lamgo and the Rev. Jeff Hontz will officiate. Interment will be in Oak Hill Cemetery in Corning. Open visitation will be 1 to 8 p.m. today with family present 5 to 7:30 p.m. at Pearson Family Funeral Service, 701 Seventh St., Corning. Memorials may be given to the music department of Corning United Methodist Church and/or Grace Baptist Church. Online condolences may be left at

Faye Marrs Townsend, daughter of Pearl (Prewitt) and Benjamin Marrs, was born Dec. 13, 1918, at the farm home near Wolbach, Neb.

Faye graduated from high school in 1936. She began teaching at age 17 with a normal training certificate. She taught for 34 years in rural schools in Nebraska and in Iowa at Mount Ayr, Corning and Prescott.

Faye received her bachelor’s degree from Northwest Missouri State in 1967.

On May 22, 1945, Faye married Howard Townsend of St. Paul, Neb., at her parents’ home near Tingley, during Howard’s leave from the Army Air Corp.

They farmed near Mount Ayr and later farmed east of Corning on the Icarian Colony farm.

In 1984, they retired to their new home in Corning.

A few years after Howard’s death, Faye moved to Vintage Park in Lenox in 2009.

Faye was a member of the Corning United Methodist Church choir and women’s circle.

After retiring from teaching in 1983, Faye served on the Advisory Council for Area 14 Agency on Aging of Adams County, the departments of music, literature and drama, and Delta Kappa Gamma.

Faye is survived by her son Rex (Judy) of Corning, daughter Carmen (Larry) Young of Story City; grandchildren, Shannon Townsend of Corning, Lynn (Lauren) Townsend of Atlanta, Ga., Alicia (Jason) Bissell of Garland, Texas, Heidi (Ron) Degany of Petach Tikva, Israel, Dan Young of Davenport, Fla., and Tiffany (Darnell) Star of Story City; great-grandchildren, Peyton and Cricket Townsend, Conner Bissell, Maayan, Ariel and Itai Degany and Jasmine Star; sister Betty Fenn of Carson, sister-in-law Naomi Marrs of Lincoln, Neb.; brother-in-law Darold (Ellamae) Townsend, sister-in-law Margie Townsend of St. Paul, Neb.; and a number of nieces, nephews and friends.

Faye was preceded in death by her parents, husband in 2006, infant brother Dale, brother Ward; brothers-in-law, Darrel Fenn, Marvin Townsend and Warren Townsend; and sister-in-law Evelyn Rasmussen.

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