August 16, 1946 – March 6, 2018
Faye Vamvakias, age 71, passed away on March 6, 2018 in Tucson, Arizona after a long battle with multiple health issues.
Faye was born August 16, 1946 in Canton, North Carolina to Hazel G. Conard and John B. Haney. In 1955, her family moved to Pasadena, Texas where Faye attended school, graduating from Galena Park High School in 1964. Faye married Christopher Z. Vamvakias in 1967 and later divorced in 1982. She was a wonderful and loving mother to her daughter Nicole Vamvakias and son Kevin C. Vamvakias. She took great pride in the accomplishments of her children and always held them as her highest priority. Faye worked as an Administrative Assistant at multiple companies including NASA, Vinson & Elkins and Enron. In the early 1990s Faye completed her degree in Business Administration at Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio. After that she pursued a career as a Quality Auditor at the global engineering firm of ABB.
In the work world, Faye’s organizational skills were well known; her ability to plan and coordinate complicated efforts enhanced any role she chose to take. Besides her wise advice and sympathetic ear, friends appreciated Faye for her business acumen and her interest in discussing the latest novel. She was a familiar presence at her local library, picking up the next stack of books to read. In addition to reading, included in her favorite pastimes were music, pop-culture and her love of travel; she visited multiple countries in Europe, as well as Canada and Mexico. Faye enjoyed traveling via cruise ship and cruised the Caribbean several times, as well as Alaska, The Panama Canal, Nova Scotia and Halifax.
Faye was a member of Friends of the Library, American Association of University Women (AAUW) and The Assistance League of Tucson. Prior to her illnesses she enjoyed doing volunteer work for each organization.
She is preceded in death by her parents, her son and her former husband, as well as numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins. She is survived by her daughter Nicole Vamvakias and son-in-law Damon Knox; her brother John Haney, a niece and nephew, and several cousins.
Faye will be missed for her sunny smile, her love of family, and the easy conversation she shared with all who knew her.
Funeral Services for Faye Vamvakias will be held on Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at Forest Park The Woodlands. (18000 Interstate 45S The Woodlands, TX 77384). Visitation 10-11am, Funeral and Burial 11-11:45, Reception 11:45 -1pm also at Forest Park The Woodlands.
If you wish to make a donation in lieu of flowers, please send in care of: Friends of the Charles B. Stewart Library 202 Bessie Price Owen Drive Montgomery, TX 77356
Please make a note on the donation that it is in Memory of Faye Vamvakias. For any questions, contact Matt Wilson at 936.788.8314.
- Visitation Tuesday, March 13, 2018
- Funeral Service Tuesday, March 13, 2018
- Graveside Service Tuesday, March 13, 2018
- Reception Tuesday, March 13, 2018
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April 21, 2018
Dear Nikki, Am so glad Site is still available!! It's April 21st!! I've wanted to sit & write what's on my heart a few times, & just didn't have the time due to the Tax Season at work! Viera & I planned to visit Faye before she left to Slovania, but her phone didn't work when I called. She left April 8th, will return this winter. . . I plan to visit Faye the first chance I get & spend a little time with her!! It's very difficult to compose the words I want to say to you! I just miss her so much & am stricken by not having spent some time with her in those last few years. I feel like our story is special, because it seemed like God intended for us to meet and become friends. We were working together at the Arbitron call-center and did not even know it! And not until we both got selected for the PPM Field Team did we get a chance to meet. - Now this was a BIG DEAL!! PPM was a big deal in the Radio world, and it was an honor to be selected to be part of the Original 10 Team Members (11 with our Boss, Todd), who would introduce electronic ratings to the radio market. I'm sure you knew that Houston's Radio Market was also "selected" to be the FIRST to use the PPM in the Ratings!! God's hand was at work when we ended-up as room-mates during our exclusive training in Columbia, Maryland!! We hit it off right away, and there started a very special friendship. I feel like Faye always looked after me, and just as the Pastor at her service said, she did 'influence' me, and teach me a lot of her wisdom. I loved Faye very much, and will always remember her. She was kind & giving, & always shared her views & passed-on love in her own way. We had some long and interesting talks, and always had fun spending time together! I feel very honored that she chose me to invite to spend time with her at home. I knew several of her homes, but the most special was in Montgomery! We had a good time there!! She was my very, very Dear Friend! Love you, My thoughts R w/you! M~
April 2, 2018
My deepest condolences and sympathies for the loss of your beautiful mother. Faye was a work colleague in 2004 and 2005. I was saddened to learn of her passing. Faye was a very kind and sweet spirit – always concerned more about others. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May she rest in peace.
March 20, 2018
Nicole, I only new Faye for a short time but I loved her for her spunk and strength to live. She lived for her family, she LOVED you and worried about you being left without a mom & dad. I know she is now your guardian angel, she will be your strength in years to come. Talk to her when you need comfort. SHE LOVED YOU NICOLE ! Know I'm here ALWAYS if you want to talk, my prayers & love for your life and Damon, xoxoxo
March 15, 2018
I've worked with your mother since 2005, with purchasing her home in The Woodlands, leasing it out each time it needed a new tenant and looking for a home for herself. She was a sweet person and we had good times in our searches. I'm going to miss not hearing from her.
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
March 13, 2018
May you be comforted by your memories and the hope of seeing your mama again in the afterlife, healed and perfected. I’m sorry I never met her in person but knowing your relationship with her, I am certain you were the greatest joy in her life and the best legacy of her life here on earth. You were tops at taking care of her, and you went the extra mile to help her live out her last days as she wanted. That is no small gift.
March 13, 2018
Your mother was such a beautiful person - inside and out! I wish I could have known her longer. The past four years showed what a warrior she was but her battle didn't stop us from sharing great conversations and food!
She was so blessed to have you as a daughter. You showed her such devotion and love and where there for her until the beginning of her next journey.
Hoping you and Damon hold good memories close to your heart, to fill the void but know that she will be with you always now in spirit.
Barb and Dave
March 11, 2018
Dear Nicole, Damon and family
Thanks so much for sharing your Mom with the Civano area of Tucson.
I believe I first met Faye in book club here or perhaps at a Saturday morning coffee at the rotunda.
She was a very gracious lady , kind and thoughtful. She was a volunteer in the local library here as well . Books, well stories, are a shared passion for many of us.
I believe she enjoyed Arizona , we enjoyed having her in our midst, she will be missed.
Pat and Peter Daniels
March 9, 2018
I did not know Faye for a long time, but considered her to be one of my best friends. She was so sweet and beautiful, a precious gem. My condolences to her family and friends.