Zyla Faye MAYES
April 15, 1929 – February 21, 2019
Zyla Faye MAYES was born on April 15, 1929 and passed away on February 21, 2019.
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Zyla Faye MAYES
February 25, 2019
Z. Faye Mason Mayes passed away on February 21, 2019 at the age of 89. She was born in Amarillo, TX, but lived in many places. In her early youth, she lived with her family above the general store and helped work the small family farm in Pindall, AR. Her mother and later a single parent, sent her on a bus to find a new place to live in Dallas when she was 12. She found two rooms in a house on Ross Ave, but later moved to Ft. Worth where she attended Paschal high school.
Faye was a good student and after school she ironed and mended clothes to earn money for college. While registering for college at TCU, she met her husband, John. They enjoyed dating throughout their college years and were soon engaged. John was offered a job in Amarillo, and they married and moved to begin their lives together.
Faye got a job at the Amarillo newspaper, and John worked as a claims adjuster with Texas Employer’s Insurance. She gave birth to their son and within six more years and several moves, twin girls and one more girl joined the family. They’re last move was to Dallas, the headquarters of Texas Employers Insurance.
After her children were a little older, Faye returned to the workforce as an administrative assistant at Liberty Mutual Insurance. She was a proficient seamstress and enjoyed sewing clothes for her children and herself. Faye also enjoyed the neighborhood garden club, craft projects, baking, and travel.
After the kids moved away from home, Faye retired, and she and John began traveling more. Their favorite destinations were Alaska, the Panama Canal, and Scotland. They were also very proud to have visited all 50 states! At home, Faye continued sewing, but changed to designing and piecing together quilts. She joined the Dallas Quilt Guild and became part of a smaller subgroup of friends called the Piece-makers. Her legacy of beautiful quilts will always be treasured by her family.