Faye Williamson Stoness Hortenstine – Obituary

By  | July 4, 2018 | Filed under: Greenview Funeral Home, Obituaries

We honor the life of Faye Williamson Stoness Hortenstine 4/11/1921-6/22/2018; 97 beautiful years.

To paraphrase her recent words, she had a Wonderful life,with a capital W, no ifs, ands or buts about it!

Born in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada she moved to New York City in the 1930’s with her parents, Jabez Franklin Stoness and Mildred Edna Turnbull Stoness. She attended Queen’s University in Canada and graduated from Barnard College in New York with a degree in English.

On 6/26/1947 she married Clarence Bernard “Hort” Hortenstine  (deceased 2011) . After adventures in Minnesota, Oregon, Japan, Virginia and New York, adding four babies along the way, they settled in Florence, AL in 1960.

She is survived and greatly missed by those 4 children plus 14 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren:

Anne Hortenstine Rosin (Terry Bolz)

Jake (Miranda) Rosin and Candor

Cooper (Rachel) Rosin and Walt

Grady Rosin

Jill Hortenstine Iglehart (Deke)

Luke (Jaime) Iglehart and Evan, Brynn & Libby

Sarah Jane Iglehart Blank (Mike) and Charlotte & Molly

Joel (Casey) Iglehart and Stone

Martha Hortenstine Silver

Sarah Silver Payne (Nick) and Henry, William & Lucy

Ben Silver

Max (Tiffany) Silver and Faye & Campbell

Sam Silver (Chelsea Hamer)

Jay (Sharon) Hortenstine

Daniel Hortenstine

Emily (Matt) McDowell and William

Jack Hortenstine

Charlie Hortenstine

She dearly loved each one of them.

She cultivated a lifelong love of language; spoken, written and especially sung. She wrote that she was proudest of her whistling ability and her vocabulary, stating “Without words we can not think”. Some of her favorite sillier words were balderdash, pish-tush, fiddlesticks, and hunky-dory.

She claimed that her greatest  life accomplishment was “longevity” and while her survivors are eternally grateful to have had her as their guide and compass for so long, they recall many more achievements.  Not the least of which included Florence Mothersingers, Westminster Presbyterian Church volunteer superstar, Florence Summer Music Theater with incarnations of Dolly, Yenta, Bloody Mary, Mrs. Paroo, Mrs. Higgins, and  published poet of “Accidental Music”.

Most of all she lived each day filled with effortless grace and  abundance of love and kindness.  She was clever, caring and classy, honest and honorable, lovely and loving.

For her family she held hopes for health, happiness and freedom from hurt.  For herself she had hope of heaven.

After a life so full of grace, with a heart so full of love and His masterpiece complete, she wished to be remembered simply with a smile and a song.

Her memorial service will be held at Westminster Presbyterian Church, 1520 Rickwood Road, Florence, Alabama  on Sunday, July 15th with visitation at 2PM and a service at 3PM.

Donations may be made in her memory to:

Westminster Presbyterian Church, www.westminsterpcusa.net


The Betty Keller Garden Club, care of Brookdale ,

3275 County Rd. 47, Florence, Alabama 35630


With Pencil in Hand


This “poet” plays with puns and rhyme

In slap-dash style most of the time.

Success is measured by a smile

Or surprisingly, once in a while

Some accidental music.


–   FWSH

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