6 April, 1929 – 13 March, 2021
It is with great sadness that the children of Faith Louise (Speyser) Adair announce her return to Heavenly Father's Arms on 13 March 2021 at La Verendrye Hospital.
Faith was born on 06 April 1929 to the late Florence Ann (Blumenschiedt) and Rudolph Albert Speyser in the city of Newark, New Jersey. She spent her early years in Newark, then Saddle River, New Jersey before moving to Miami, Florida to pursue training as a Medical Lab Technician. Faith met the love of her life, Bill Adair during the hurricane of August 1949. Bill said she was the prettiest lady in a uniform he had ever met.
Faith and Bill were married at First Baptist Church, on Easter Sunday 1950 in West Palm Beach and started their new adventure.
Over eight years, Faith gave birth to six children as they moved for Bill’s work; West Palm Beach, Jacksonville and Tampa, Florida and Savannah, Georgia. After their move to Canada in 1963, they chose two more children to become part of our family. Faith was always happiest with her bustling home and eagerly awaited the additions of grandchildren and great grandchildren as her own children grew. Faith learned to sew after she married keeping us turned out in our Sunday best. She said she could make a bolt of fabric stretch farther than anyone else and took pride in showing off her children; she insisted all them learn to sew even her sons.
When Christmas Carols were sung at school concerts, Faith made sure her children were up to the task, typing carbon copies late into the night.
Crochet was learned from her mother-in-law and soon there was a wall full of dolls wearing native country outfits, tablecloths and lace edged dresses. Later came numerous blankets, dresses, clothing and hats for her children and then her grandchildren and great grandchildren, with knitting and embroidery also passing those skills as well.
Faith followed her girls into Brownie and Girl Scouts slipping easily into Girl Guides when we made our home in Canada. She became a leader who thought taking a group of young ladies to see a Cowsill concert in Detroit was just the same as herding six children to the Cyclorama in Atlanta or through rickety fire towers at Gettysburg and Philadelphia to see the Liberty Bell. Faith went back to high school in Kirkland Lake with her oldest children to take accounting, sharing classes with one.
Faith loved to garden entering many in yearly horticulture events. Faith's summer canvas was at our property on the Finger Point on Rainy Lake.
As her children grew and left home Faith broadened her volunteering using her new found free time, joining the CWL, Lion's Club, working alongside Bill at KoC bingos and as a marriage prep instructor with Bill at St. Mary's also as a Life Member for La Verendrye working in the Library area.
Faith and Bill studied with the Thunder Bay Bishopric and in October 1999 she was ordained as Eucharistic Minister of Services. She loved her time serving at St. Mary's and Bear’s Pass Chapel and continued serving after Bill passed.
Faith was the glue that held our large group together while Bill worked away from home, saying it reminded her of the long running "Family Circus" comic. She packed us up to make over 20 moves in over 20 years serve as an adventure for us to explore historical sites, ease into making new friends, teach self-sufficiency, and always give our best no matter the job with respect to others.
Faith was predeceased by her mother Florence (1903-1992), her father Rudolph (1900-1960), her loving husband Rev.'Bill' Adair (1930-2006), her son John (1962-2018), great-granddaughter Savannah Harper (2011), brother-in-law Curtis Adair (1931-2020), daughter-in-law Patricia – Patty (1958-1994), son-in-law Richard Harper (1956-2012), and nephew, Jeffery Adair (1956-1978).
Faith is survived by her children: Theresa Michiel (Dennis) Calgary; David Happy (Rhonda) Atikokan; Merry Sue Adair-Gill (Roderick) Winnipeg; George Adair (Valerie) Winnipeg; Jeri LaFleche (David) Orillia; Kerry Harper Fort Frances; Jesse (Barbara) Altona, Manitoba; daughter-in-law Teresa (Hilton) Adair, Atikokan; sister Suzie Nussear (David); sister-in-law Patricia Adair, West Palm Beach, Florida; honorable children by adoption Bosko and Jovanka Stopa, Fort Frances; 2 nephews; 26 grandchildren; 32 great-grandchildren; and four Godchildren. Our thanks go to Dr. Vaishali Patel and the staff at La Verendrye Hospital for their care and compassion for our mother. At Faith’s request, interment will be held privately at a memorial service to take place at a future date. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that in memoriam donations be made to La Verendrye Hospital, 110 Victoria Ave, Fort Frances, Ontario P9A 2B7.
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31 March 2021
Long time friend and past neighbour. Faith was forever in my heart and always in my thoughts! She was our neighbour and friend in Port Lambton. Our kids were play companions! She will be missed! Rest peacefully with Bill my friend!
M Susan Flemming (Gervais)
19 March 2021
On Saturday, March 13th the world lost one of its strongest and most resilient people. To me Faith was a second mother, a soft shoulder to land your head and troubles on, the truest kind of friend. She was the greatest of Godmothers to my children, Annelise and Kasey, and a woman who’d tell you the truth even if she knew you wouldn’t like it. She was the “the goodest of the good, the bestest of the best, and the greatest of the great.” Heaven will never be the same now that Faith & Bill are united again. Faith Adair, Rest In Peace, God knows you deserve it. You go with my love and respect and you have left the world a better place. 🕊💙🕊