Dies During Night Of Heart failure
Mrs. Jennie Fay Passes Away as She Sleeps – Lived in County 30 Years
Mrs. Jennie Fay died suddenly sometime during last Thursday night, at her home at the southeast border of Enterprise. She lived alone except for Harley Hensley, her grandson, a school boy. He got up Friday morning, started the fire and began breakfast, then went out to do some chores. He looked into his grandmother’s room before he went out and saw her lying in bed.
When she was called later, it was found she was dead. She seems to have passed away without waking, as she lay composed as if in sleep.
For some time Mrs. Fay had been suffering from heart trouble. On Monday she complained to Dr. C. A. Ault that there was a pain in the region of her heart and she was short of breath. He warned her to do no hard work and urged that she always have some one near, as there was no telling when her heart might give out. This heart trouble is believed to have caused her death.
Mrs. Fay was 64 years old and was born in Pennsylvania. She moved to Illinois, then to Missouri and to Union county. Thirty years ago she and her husband moved to Wallowa County. Until 8 years ago they lived four miles north of Wallowa. R. M. Fay, her husband, died there 14 years ago. Eight years ago Mrs. Fay took up a homestead near the Elza Makin farm, and had lived since near Enterprise. Last winter she spent in California visiting relatives.
The children who survive are Walter Fay, who is in Mexico; Miss Helen Edith Fay, Ashland, Oregon; Mrs. Elizabeth Shumaker of Santa Barbara, California; Mrs. Mamie McKinney of Vollmer, Idaho; and Mrs. Clara Weaver of Los Angeles. Mrs. Mc Kinney and Miss Fay came to Enterprise as soon as informed of their mother’s death, and Mrs. Weaver reached the city this week. Mrs. McKinney had to hasten back to Idaho because her husband is ill.
Brief funeral services were held at G. M. Gaily’s undertaking rooms Tuesday evening, and the body was taken to Wallowa yesterday morning for burial.
Enterprise Record Chieftain, Wallowa County, Oregon, Thursday Nov. 14, 1912
Contributed by Charlotte Carper