Faye Surber passed away at home on July 6, 2018 at the age of 88.

Faye Surber passed away at home on July 6, 2018 at the age of 88.
After living in a small-town Texas orphanage for most of her childhood, she escaped her early challenges to earn a college degree in business, get an apartment in New York and join American Airlines as a flight attendant. In a slight push back against modern sensibilities, she always reminded listeners that “it was glamourous and they called us stewardesses in those days”.
In 1970, her husband, Jim, became an instructor at Fort Leavenworth, she landed in town with three sons and no job. She let the sons become someone else’s problem by sending them all off to school. The job problem was solved by taking a position at West Junior High.
Thousands of kids asked her why they needed her typing class. After entering a workforce where nearly every job has a computer and a keyboard, many came back to thank her. Her peers thanked her for giving them some of the best laughter-filled experiences they can remember. Her sons thank her for working so hard to provide what she never had as a kid – a home. Even the birds in her famous garden might thank her for the decades she helped them stay fed in both summer and winter.
Faye is survived by sons, Steven, David, Jim and their families.
Memorial services will be help at the Davis Funeral Chapel in Leavenworth, Kansas at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, July 13, 2018. Memorial donations in memory of Faye can be made to the Leavenworth Animal Welfare Society.