SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

March 20, 2013

Marion "Ferne" Fay, 85


Acton, ME — Marion “Ferne“ Fay passed away gracefully and peacefully after a lengthy stay at Colonial Hill Nursing Facility in Rochester N.H. She was the beloved wife of the late Warren G. Fay who died in April 2012. They had been married for 65 years.

Ferne was born in Ipswich to Gladys M. Wiley Homans and Benjamin W. Homans. She attended Ipswich schools and studied further at Essex Agricultural School where she took classes in tailoring. She continued her love of sewing throughout her life, upholstering her furniture and making drapes for her home and teaching her skill to her two daughters. She made a happy home for her beloved husband and six children. She is fondly remembered as a kind and friendly neighbor.

She grew up in Ipswich, married Warren in 1949 and moved to Newburyport in 1957 and lived on Margerie Street for many years. In the early 1990s, they moved to their long-awaited retirement log home in Acton, Maine. Ferne was a Fuller Brush saleswoman and manager after her children were grown. She was still servicing her customers, right up until she had her stroke in 2010. She was a long-standing member of TOPS in Georgetown and Sanford, Maine. She also worked for "Ma Bell" as an operator until the towns of Amesbury and Ipswich went "dial."

She was proud of her heritage, being a descendant of the famous Benjamin F. Ellsworth, lighthouse keeper in Ipswich in the 1880s. Ferne and Warren loved to travel and had been to most of the United States, especially all of New England, Missouri, and many National Parks including Bryce Canyon and Yellowstone Park.

She is preceded in death by her husband Warren and her brother Bryce Homans. Ferne leaves her six children, David and his wife Debby and children Bryan, Jason and Jeffrey of Salem; Daryl Fay and children Benjamin and Sandy Laing of Salisbury; Darren “Happy” and his wife Jo Ellen and her children Shane and Amber Girard of Newburyport; Dana Fay of Windham, N.H.; Darlene and her husband Scot Villeneuve and children Race and Heath DeSimone, Oskar and Larkyn Villeneuve of Barrington, N.H.; and Daniel and his wife Samantha and children Emily, Rebecca and Zack of Newburyport. She had the pleasure of having one great-grandchild.

ARRANGEMENTS: Calling hours will be Friday, March 22, from 4-8 p.m. at Elliott, Woodworth & Rogers Family Funeral Home, 35 Green St., Newburyport. Funeral service will be Saturday at noon at Belleville Congregational Church, 300 High St., Newburyport. Burial will be private.