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Faynetta R. Hollis, 92, of Franklin and formerly of Bloomfield, died Nov. 21 in Bell Trace Health and Living Center. She was born July 27, 1924, in Quincy, Illinois, to William Larkin Westbrook and Emma Grace Pfaff Westbrook. She was retired from Crane Division, Naval Surface Warfare Center.
Survivors include a foster son, Walter Welch Jr. and his wife Bettie of Jacksonville, North Carolina; a sister-in-law, Thelma Hollis of Jacksonville, Florida; a brother-in-law, James D. Hall of Carmel; several nieces and nephews; and her longtime friend, Charlene Dornick of Worthington. She is preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Lowden W. "Lo" Hollis; two brothers, William F. and Manuel L. Westbrook; and two sisters, W. Grace Westbrook Hall and Clara June Westbrook Burlingham.
Faynetta married Lo on Nov. 13, 1943, while he was serving in the U. S. Army. She retired from Crane in 1960 as secretary to the supply officer, she was a past member of the National Secretaries Association, was a licensed cosmetologist, an alumni of Indiana University, a member of the Red Hat Society in Bloomfield, was a pianist for the Gospel Mellowtones Quartet in the 1960s and played for local churches throughout her lifetime. She was of the Protestant faith and a writer of human interest stories, belonging to several local writers groups with a number of stories published, including the National Bulletin of American Association of Retired Persons.
A memorial service will be held at a later date in First Baptist Church, Linton, with cremation rites being accorded under the direction of Deremiah-Frye Mortuary, Bloomington. Inurnment will take place at Sugarland Memory Gardens in Washington.
Online condolences may be left at www.DeremiahFryeMortuary.com.
Published on December 2, 2016
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