POLO – Faye Marie Hadley, 92, of Polo, went home to meet her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Sunday, May 12, 2019, at Rock River Hospice and Home of Sterling.
Faye was born October 14, 1926, in Eldena, the daughter of Jess and Alice (Fisher) Gowan. She married George M. Hadley on June 13, 1943, in Rock Falls. He preceded her in death on June 8, 2011. Faye and her husband farmed all their years, the last 52 years near Hazelhurst. Faye loved gospel music and played piano for church services and nursing homes, beginning at age 13 and continued until her death. Between the years of 1943 and 1952, Faye played the piano on the radio KROS- Clinton, IA through her church Twin City Gospel, Rock Falls.
Christ Jesus became her Savior at 23 years of age, and she served him for 69 years until her death. She was a member of First Church of the Nazarene in Sterling for 67 years. Faye was a wonderful loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She was an excellent cook and enjoyed preparing meals for her family and friends.
Survivors include three sons, Dennis (Cathy) Hadley of Milledgeville, Douglas (Debbie) Hadley of Dothan, AL, and Martin (Kaci) Hadley of Sterling; six daughters, Linda (Mark) Clark of South Wayne, WI, Alice (Charles) Grimes of Polo, Reverend Joy (Lyle) Maberry of Ankney, IA, Peggy (Mick) Powell of Oro Valley, AZ, Polly (John) Ward of Dixon, and Jane (Jeff) Lee of Sylvania, OH; nineteen grandchildren; twenty-two great-grandchildren; two sisters-in-law, Fernita Fisher of Naperville and Edith Gowan of Rock Falls; and many nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, George; one sister, Ruth Boyer; six brothers, Leroy Gowan, Raymond Gowan, Dewey Gowan, Lloyd Gowan, Paul Gowan, and Eugene Gowan, in infancy; and one grandson, Patrick Ward.
Funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 18, 2019, at First Church of the Nazarene of Sterling with Reverend Jeremy McLaughlin, Reverend Joy Maberry, and Reverend Todd Maberry, officiating. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday May 17, 2019, at Schilling Funeral Home, Sterling and from 9 to 10 a.m. prior to services at the church. Burial will take place at Oak Knoll Memorial Park in Sterling. A memorial has been established to Rock River Hospice and Home.
Condolences may be sent to schillingfuneralhome.com.