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Obituary of Fay Wales

Fay Staples Wales passed away April 17, 2019 in Grass Valley, CA. She was 84.

Fay was born April 19, 1934, in Nevada City California to Charles and Vivian (Coombs) Staples. She graduated from Marysville High School. On June 6, 1954, she married the love of her life, John Ellsworth Wales. Fay and John lived on Polaris Drive in Starbright Acres for over 55 years. She worked for the County of Nevada as an Accounting Clerk for over 15 years. She also worked as a sales associate at Breuer’s Clothing in downtown Grass Valley for over 10 years.

In her youth, Fay was extremely involved in 4-H and was an officer and member of the Mooney Flat 4-H Club. She became the first Nevada County 4-H All Star in the 1950’s. Her favorite projects included clothing and beef. She was an excellent seamstress and even created her own wedding dress. She also enjoyed showing her prized steer at the Cow Palace. She loved the Nevada County Fair, especially the opening day ceremonies. She was actively involved in the Nevada County 4-H reunions.

Fay and her husband enjoyed traveling in their travel trailer and loved square dancing where they were members of the square dance group the “Square Knots”. She loved vacationing in the summer at her family home in Graniteville.

Fay never put herself first. She had a love for animals especially rescue dogs. She was active in keeping her vegetable garden and flower gardens beautiful.

She is survived by her daughter Valerie (Steve) Wagenknecht of Petaluma, CA, son Dale Wales of Grass Valley, and grandsons Gregory and Matthew Ballinger.

She’s preceded in death by her husband John in 2011, her son Edmund in 1991, and her two brothers Charles and Bob Staples.

Memorial Services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, April 24, 2019 at Hooper & Weaver Mortuary, 459 Hollow Way, Nevada City.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Sammie’s Friends, 14647 McCourtney Road, Grass Valley, CA 95949, or at Scooter’s Pals, P.O. Box 1687, Cedar Ridge, CA 95924.

Arrangements are under the direction of Hooper & Weaver Mortuary.


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