Faye Fontella Evans Dunkle Shumway
Tue, 05/08/2018 - 12:53pm
Faye Fontella Evans Dunkle Shumway, 94, peacefully passed on Good Friday, March 30, 2018. She was the matriarch of the family and her firm belief in the Lord guided her throughout her long life.
Faye was born to the late Andrew Evans, a schoolteacher and farmer, and Birdie Evans, a homemaker, in Hayesville on March 8, 1924. She grew up on the 100-acre property chosen by her grandfather, who was a shepherd, as it reminded him of his homeland of Wales. She spent summers riding bareback on her horse, Nell. Her family was sheltered from many of the struggles of the Great Depression due to their self-sustainability and were able to provide help to the community.
At the age of 20 she felt led to leave college to join the Marines to do her part to help her country during World War II. She was stationed on the El Toro Marine Corps Air Base in Tustin, Calif. She became an expert installing the ejection pulley on the canopy of the F6F Hellcat fighter planes that flew in the South Pacific. As a corporal, she felt the service helped her to personally mature, develop discipline and learn to engage with people of different faiths and backgrounds all across our country.
Family was of the utmost importance to Faye. She wed a fellow Marine, Master Sargent Robert Dunkle. Together they raised two beautiful daughters in Riverside, Calif. Afterwards, she promoted the Marines to potential women recruits. She later brought joy to seniors as an activities director in a nursing home for more than 20 years. As a lifelong writer, she encouraged and inspired many through the honest, refreshing and factual representation of her life.
Faye is survived by her daughters, Sharon Sandlin and Susan (Tad) Ofuji; her grandchildren Dennis (Mary Ann) Beale and Christin Extale; her great-grandchildren Bryan Auer, Tim and Stewart Costello, Michael Auer, Gordon Beale, Natasha VanSlyke and John Auer; and her great-great-grandson Julien Costello. She is preceded in death by her first husband, Robert Dunkle, second husband, John Shumway and granddaughter, Marshon Danielle. Others will miss her as she treated many people as her family.
A visitation will be held from 2-3 p.m. Saturday, May 5 with a memorial service to follow in the Chapel at Meridian St. Methodist Church, 5500 N Meridian St., Indianapolis, Ind. 46208. Share prayers, condolences and memories at: www.indianafuneralcare.com.
She was charter member of the Wesley United Methodist Church in Riverside, Calif. Later in May, her final resting place will be the Riverside National Cemetery alongside Robert Dunkle’s gravesite.