Ira Faye Sanders Frye, “Faye,” 93, of Sparta, WI, passed away at her appartment at the Morrow Memorial Home in Sparta, WI, Monday, September 18, 2023.

Faye was born July 31, 1930, to Howard and Annette (Blanton) Womack in Greenville, South Carolina. In 1948, she married Robert Sanders, but later divorced. She and Robert had nine children. Faye’s faith was strong and she always loved to participate in her church. She truly enjoyed her time teaching Sunday School, playing piano, and participating in the ladies aid groups.

On June 20, 1975, she married her best friend, Marvin Frye. They combined their families and Faye loved Marvin’s children as she did her own. Faye cherished the trips she took with Marvin in the truck across country. She was a giving soul who loved helping people and visiting with anyone who crossed her path because she never met a stranger. Faye was a member of both the American Legion and VFW Ladies Auxiliaries in Sparta.

Faye is survived by her children, John (Beth) Sanders of Sun Prairie, WI, Brenda (Ted) Kieper of Waukesha, WI, Debra (Patrick) Ulness of Brookfield, WI, Carole (Cal) Martin of Sparta, WI, Julie (Ray) Valenzuela of El Paso, TX, Loren (Linda) Sanders of Colinsville, IL; son-in-law, Roy Patterson, Las Vegas, NV; Marvin’s children, Victoria (Duwayne) Griffith, Virden, IL, Marvin “Steve” (Kimberly) Frye of Waupaca, WI, Melody (Robert) Werner of Wisconsin Rapids, WI, Darrin (Patricia) Frye of Reedsburg, WI, and Yvonne (John) Werner of Centralia, IL; many grandchildren and great-grandchildren; along with other relatives and friends.

Faye was preceded in death by her parents; husband Marvin; daughters, Nancy Cox, and Marcia Patterson; son, Robert “Wayne” Sanders; sister, Clara Womick; brothers, Ken, Glenn and Palmer Womick; grandson, Richard A. Martin; great granddaughter, Paige Martin; son-in-law, Richard “Rick” Alan Martin; Marvin’s children, Linda Frye, Jimmy Frye, and Tony Frye.

Funeral Services will be held Thursday, September 28, 2023, 11:00 a.m. at Torkelson Funeral Home, 1132 Angelo Rd. Sparta, WI. Her grandson, Ryan Moorad will officiate. Burial will follow in the Angelo Cemetery. Family and friends are invited for visitation from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. at the funeral home.

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