Faye was born in Salmon, Texas on the 2nd day of May in 1933 to John Thomas and Lucy Brimberry Prestridge. She was the fifth born of seven children. Faye attended school in Elkhart and Palestine, Texas and was wed to Earnest Melvin Teel on October 1, 1949 in Crockett, Texas. Faye was a devoted and loving wife for 63 years. She and Earnest showed their children how to love by their actions and their words.
They moved to Fort Worth in 1953 where Faye went to work for Mott's 5 and 10. In 1957 Earnest joined her at Mott's as an assistant manager and getting his own store in Grand Prairie in 1958. Faye worked seasonally alongside him as a fabric buyer, making Easter baskets, and packaging school supplies every year.
Faye was quite the seamstress, homemaker and cook and a woman of many talents. She yearned for children for many years and after 11 years of marriage, the Lord blessed Faye and Earnest with a precious baby girl, Lori, and three years later, John and three years later, David. Her children were the light of her life, and she spent a lot of her time making sure their childhood was picture perfect.
In 1980, they moved back to east Texas and made Elkhart their home after purchasing Teel's Country Place, where they lived for 29 years. While living in Elkhart, Faye took up Tole painting, woodworking, and quilting to add to her already impressive list of homemaking skills. In 1982, the grandkids started arriving and Faye and Earnest were blessed with seven grands in seven years. The grands spent many summers at Mamaw and Papaw's all together there, where they have many fabulous memories. Faye spent many hours in labors of love handcrafting the most special gifts for her grandchildren to treasure for their lifetimes.
In 2009, Faye and Earnest moved to Mansfield to be closer to Lori so she could take care of them. It was not a popular decision for Earnest but Faye made it easier for him every way she could.
Faye loved her games and was quite the Scrabble player, if she could get anyone to play her, since she won most of the time. In her later years, she took up writing poetry and enjoyed SkipBo and Uno with her treasured friends.
Faye spent most of her life in the service of others whether it was cooking, crafting, sewing or her work in the Church teaching Sunday school or being a "bus mom". She will be remembered by her loving and graceful ways and her compassion for others.
She was a devoted Wife, Momma, Mamaw, Sister, Aunt and Friend. To know her was to love her.
Faye was preceded in death by her parents; brother, John Elton; husband, Earnest; sister, Ruby Dee Cherry and brother, William "Dober" Prestridge.
Faye is survived by her daughter, Lori Harris and husband Joe of Mansfield, Texas; sons, John Teel and wife Julie of Eureka, Texas and David Teel and wife Mary Lynn of Lancaster, South Carolina; sisters, Sue Heston of Monroe, Iowa, Margie "Boots" Turner of Rusk, Texas; brother, John Dale Prestridge of Converse, Texas; grandchildren, Amy Pearce and husband Jason, Stephanie Scott and husband Tim, Adam Harris and wife Courtney, Eric Teel, Hope Teel, Kelsey Teel, John Parker Teel; great grandchildren, Jase Pearce, Austin Pearce, Alexis Pearce, RC Scott, Logan Scott, Skylar Scott, Camryn Scott, Ainslee Harris and Brady Harris.
Friends are cordially invited to a visitation with the family from six o'clock until eight o'clock in the evening on Thursday, October 12th in the Parlor and Reflection Room of Rhone Funeral Home.
Funeral services will be conducted at ten o'clock in the morning on Friday, the 13th day of October, 2017 in the Rhone Memorial Chapel with Brother Wayne Frazier officiating. Interment will follow in the Ferguson Cemetery.
Honored to serve as pallbearers are Grandsons, Adam Harris, John Parker Teel, Eric Teel, Great Grandsons, Jase Pearce and Austin Pearce, Nephew, Matt Heston and Great Nephew, Ricky Reynaga. Honorary pallbearers are Nephews, William Prestridge, Tom Prestridge, Billy Cherry, Jacky Cherry, William Turner, Phillip Heston and Mark Heston.
Funeral services for Faye Marie Teel are in care of Rhone Funeral Home, 3900 S. State Hwy 19, Palestine, Texas. To view online, leave condolences or sign the guestbook, go to www.rhonefuneralhome.com
Published on October 12, 2017