Col. Moreland died in 1980. In 1987, Faye married Maj. Gen. Neil Van Sickle, acquiring nine grandchildren and 17 great- grandchildren. The couple settled in Kalispell, Mont., where she was a member of the Bethlehem Lutheran Church. She died in Kalispell on Jan. 13, 2010, at the age of 85. Throughout her life she remained close to her family, including her brother, Wayne Hughes, of Frederick; her nephew, J. Randy Hughes, of Noble, Okla.; and her nieces, Elaine Kennedy of Pauls Valley, Okla., and Paula Carpenter of Denton, Texas.
Van Sickle’s family described her as a Christian woman who was tenacious, generous, long-suffering,
Members of the Faye Hughes Van Sickle family gathered at OBU in June. They are, front row, from left, Brad Kennedy, R.Wayne Hughes, Maj. Gen. Neil Van Sickle and Angela Palmer. Back row, Richard Kennedy, Elaine Kennedy, Margaret Hughes, Paula Carpenter, J. Randy Hughes, Paul Carpenter, and Stephen Palmer.
dependable, compassionate, graceful, beautiful, elegant and tough.
“It has been such a pleasure to work with Faye’s extended family,” said Bill Holley, OBU associate vice president for university advancement, who worked with the family to establish the gift. “She was obviously loved by all of them. Her concern to honor the memory of her own parents represents a ‘statement’ of the kind of person she really was.”
“The entire family is to be commended, and we are so grateful to Gen. Van Sickle and Faye’s relatives for their investment in the lives of our students,” OBU President David W. Whitlock said. “Faye sounds like one of the most remarkable women I’ve ever heard about – a design engineer, pilot, and Gen. Van Sickle tells me she was also a motorcyclist.”
Will Smallwood, OBU’s vice president for university advancement, said the gift represents an eternal impact
on the kingdom of God by providing means for future generations to prepare for the gospel ministry, as well as creating a tribute to Van Sickle’s priorities.
“There will be people in the kingdom of God who Faye never knew who will be there because of her legacy,” Smallwood said. “This represents the impact of what Faye’s life has meant beyond life on this Earth.”
Van Sickle’s brother, Wayne Hughes, said his family loves and values the university, as indicated by the family members who have attended OBU. He said he thinks OBU can offer students what is important: an education in a Christian environment that is small enough for students to get to know their classmates.
“I hope OBU continues to do what OBU does: to teach young people how to live,” Hughes said. “I think my family is a good example of that.”
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