Fay A. Sawdy
MASONVILLE — A golden heart stopped beating on Jan. 3, 2014, when Fay A. Sawdy was called Home to be with the Angels in Heaven.
She was born Sept. 2, 1935, to Ivan G. and Vivian (Dunshee) Wilson in Bainbridge.
Fay married Ray Sawdy on July 27, 1968. He predeceased her on Aug. 18, 1989.
Fay was a lifelong resident of Masonville. She worked as the manager at the Masonville Mirabito Quickway for 20 plus years. After retirement she went back as a store clerk for the Quickway in Masonville and worked several hours a week right up until she was ill.
Fay was well-known in the town of Masonville offering her beautiful smile and caring heart to all. Anyone that knew Fay knew that she always put others before herself. Always. Her love of life, family and friends was evident in ALL she did.
Fay was an active member of the Sidney United Methodist Church. She was involved in the Tri-Town Relay for Life event walking with the Sidney Federal Credit Union Team “Friends Fighting for a Cure” raising several hundreds of dollars on her own. She also participated yearly in the Binghamton “Making Strides” walking event — again raising hundreds of dollars on her own.
Fay was also known for her love of music and dance. She was an active weekly member of Mindy Mills line dancing class in Sidney.
Fay fought a courageous battle against a rare blood disorder; Cryoglobulinemia. Cryoglobulinemia is the presence of abnormal proteins in the blood causing clumps so that blood does not flow. This clumping caused irregular flow of blood to Fay’s kidneys causing her kidneys to fail. She passed peacefully in her sleep with family by her side.
Fay is survived by her mother, Vivian Wilson, Masonville; children, Del Turtur of Bayonne, N.J., Kim Simonds (Turtur) of Masonville, Vicki Stith (Turtur) of Bainbridge and husband Chuck, Nancy Galyen (Turtur) of Apalachin and husband Wayne, Rebecca LaRose (Sawdy) of Sidney and husband Mark, Lisa Sawdy of Sidney; three stepchildren, Ray (LaVern) Sawdy of Apalachin and wife Cheryl, Fred Sawdy of Florida and wife Joanne and Dixie Niece (Sawdy) of Walton and husband Clark. She is also survived by a sister, Elaine Loucks Eldred and husband Stan from Wells Bridge; and a brother, David Wilson and wife Cheryl from Greene; as well as 19 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
Calling hours will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 10, 2014, at C.H. Landers Funeral Chapel, 21 Main St., in Sidney, with funeral services at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014, at C.H. Landers Funeral Chapel.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Masonville Fire Department or the Tri-Town Relay for Life; Sidney Federal Credit Union (attention Brandy Zuefle), 42 Union St., Sidney, NY 13838.
Condolences and memories may be shared online at www.landersfh.com.
Arrangements are under the direction of C.H. Landers Funeral Chapel, Sidney.