Janice “Faye” Hooker Murrow, beloved wife, mom, and “Maw Maw,” went home to be with the Lord on September 24, 2021 surrounded by loved ones, after battling complications from Lewy Body Dementia and a fall she had suffered in the weeks prior. She was 83.
Faye was born on May 8, 1938 to the late Mr. Grady Hooker and late Ms. Dulcie Eller in Draper, NC. As a child, her family relocated to High Point where she attended High Point Junior High and met the love of her life, Mitchell (“Mitch”). She graduated from High Point High School in 1956, and she and Mitch married on June 7, 1958 in Danville, Illinois. Following their wedding, the couple returned to Wilmore, Kentucky where Mitch was attending Asbury College. Upon his graduation she officially began her tenure as a “preacher’s wife,” a title she would carry well over the decades. They spent the following years building their family and serving churches across western North Carolina.
Faye loved her family and friends deeply and especially enjoyed helping raise (and spoil) her eight grandchildren. She had a strong faith and love for the Lord and enjoyed being of service to her community. She held leadership positions with the Community Relief Organization of Mount Holly where she served for 12 years. She was an avid sewer and gardener and loved spending time in the mountains. She will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved her.
Faye is survived by her loving husband of 63 years, Rev. Mitchell C. Murrow as well as her children Kenneth Murrow (Lora Mae), Allen Murrow (Tara), Karen Bennett (Chuck Turner), Andy Murrow (Beverly) and her grandchildren Kristen Bennett, Mason Bennett (Mary Kathryne), Julia Murrow, Daniel Murrow, Hannah Murrow, Zach Murrow, Alex Murrow and Benjamin Murrow. She is also survived by her sister Naomi Walker and stepbrother Wallace Eller as well as numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her half-sister, Nancy Wood.
The family would like to extend their deepest gratitude to the people who helped care for Faye as her health declined in recent years: Cindy Loftin, dear friend and caregiver, the medical staff of Gaston Memorial Hospital, and the wonderful CNAs, nurses and doctors of the Brian Center Health and Rehabilitation in Gastonia.
A celebration of Faye’s life will be held at the First United Methodist Church Mount Holly on Thursday September 30, 2021, at 3:00pm. Due to COVID-19, the service will be private but will be available to view over live-stream at https://www.facebook.com/mhfumc/. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Community Relief Organization of Mount Holly, 2120 Spring Street Mount Holly, North Carolina 28120 or the First United Methodist Church Mount Holly, 140 North Main Street Mount Holly, NC 28120. Online condolences may be made at www.painterfuneral.com