Faye Eleanor (Hilliker) McInturff, 86, went to her heavenly home on August 8, 2017, following a period of declining health. Faye was born to the late Ward and Eleanor Hilliker on May 24, 1931 in Flint, MI. As a teenager, she accepted Jesus Christ as her Savior at Flint First Church of the Nazarene. On August 11, 1951, she and John D. (Jack) McInturff were united there in marriage. She lived her life in service to her Lord.
Faye and Jack lived in several US states as newlyweds. Faye “gave birth to 4 children in 5 years,” a phrase she spoke often with much pleasure and pride. When they moved with their children to Warren, PA in 1958, it was their prayer to be able to raise their family in the Warren community. That prayer was answered as all four children graduated from WAHS. As a full-time homemaker, Faye was active in various roles in the community over the next 30 years.
Faye was a leader in PTO and Girl Scouts, was president of Ladies’ Auxiliary, and was a member of WCTU and Philomel. She traveled as a speaker for Christian Women’s Club, sharing her testimony of God’s saving and keeping grace. Dearest to her heart was her involvement in a variety of roles at Warren First Church of the Nazarene. She sang in the choir, sang frequent solos in worship, taught Sunday School classes and Bible studies and was a prayer warrior for any need made known to her.
In the early 70s, Faye took a job as a teacher’s aide at Eisenhower High School in Russell, PA. There the number of kids that called her “Mom” increased exponentially. She loved and prayed and listened and cared for each one. Her family grew larger with a move to Quincy, MA, where she and Jack became fully immersed with the students in campus life at Eastern Nazarene College. She continued that same compassionate lifestyle as part of the Rocky Mount, NC community for nearly 20 years. The same spirit showed while she was a resident at Sweetgrass Assisted Living and Brushy Creek Rehab, where she spent her final 2 months. All of her caregivers knew they would be greeted by a warm smile and called “Honey” or “Sweetie”.
Her favorite expression, “God is the Blessed Controller of all things,” lives on as a legacy to all who knew Faye’s utter reliance on the One with whom she walked daily. She expressed her faith through her dependence on God, her kind words and deeds, and her desire to encourage and pray for others. She never realized how much her smiling face glowed with the Lord’s loving grace as she shared God’s love with the people around her until the day He called her home to heaven.
Numerous loved ones preceded Faye in death, including granddaughter Allison Maree McInturff, great-granddaughter Mireille Hope Bishai, and son-in-law Gary Miller. Faye is survived by her loving husband Jack, sister Margaret Ann Ratliff of Flint, MI, her four children, Mark (Cathy) McInturff, Laura (John) Reese, Scott (Pam Roberts) McInturff, and Layne Miller, her 10 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. All will miss her greatly.
A memorial service will take place Saturday, August 26, 2017 at Greenville First Church of the Nazarene, 1201 Haywood Rd, Greenville, 29615. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Wycliffe Bible Translators, PO BOX 628200, Orlando, FL, 32862.