Always thinking of others before herself, Faye actively ministered throughout her battle with cancer. Whether in the hospital receiving treatment, or as a participant in the American Cancer Society’s, Relay for Life program, her humor and joyful presence touched many hearts and stands as inspiration to afflicted and survivors alike. Faye was dedicated to a life of service and actively participated in her local community.
She worked for many years within the Unatego School District, working at Unadilla Elementary School, and as a library media aide at Unatego High School. A dearly loved member of the Unatego faculty, she spent over 12 years as advisor to the student council and Unatego Spartan cheerleading.
In 1993, she was named “Employee of the Year,” and in 2002, received the James C. Earl award given by the Board of Education for her unselfish and tireless efforts toward the betterment of the school district and the students.
Additionally, she spent many summers working as the TLC director at Camp Shankitunk, a 4-H camp in Delhi, and was also a member of the Unadilla Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary.
Faye is survived by her husband, the Rev. Roy Van Dermark; and her three sons and daughters-in-law. Scott and Elizabeth (Whittington) Van Dermark of Creagerstown, Md., Steven and Kristine (Koerner) Van Dermark of Sidney, and Sherman and Kelly (Murray) Van Dermark of Annandale, Va.; as well as nine grandchildren, Katherine, Joshua, Samantha, Jacob and Ashton Van Dermark, Daphne, Laura, and Charlie O’Donnell; and Christopher Campbell.
She was predeceased by her parents; and brother, Roger Shackelton.
She is survived by her sister, Louise Harrison (Shackelton) and friend, Olon Archer of Lakeland, Fla.; brothers and sisters-in-law, Bruce and Cindy (Forsythe) Shackelton of Sidney, Ralph and Lola (Ball) Shackelton of Lakeland, Fla.; and sister-in-law, Patricia Shackelton of Oxford; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.