Caroline Mae Dykstra Faidley of Prairie City, also known as Fuzzy and Auntie, passed away Friday, March 24, 2017, at Park Centre in Newton. Visitation will be from 2 to 7 p.m. Friday, March 31 with family present from 5 to 7 p.m. at Coburn Funeral Home, 201 S. Marshall St., Prairie City. Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 1 at Prairie City Christian Church, 207 W. Fifth St. with burial following at Waveland Cemetery.
Caroline was born July 14, 1924, to Gerrit and Margaret DeHaan Dykstra on their farm near Pella. She graduated from Prairie City High School in 1941, and married Wayne “Wink” Faidley Sept. 12, 1946. The couple was married 53 years and made their home on a farm outside of Prairie City. They enjoyed helping others, hosting friends, square dancing, listening to bluegrass music and traveling.
In 1975, Caroline became activity coordinator of Clearview Manor. For more than 11 years, families of residents appreciated her professionalism and the dignity she gave each resident.
For 70 years, Caroline was an active member of the Prairie City Christian Church. She also participated in Prairie City Historical Guild, Jasper County Historical Society, Golden Rule Club of Bear Grove, Clearview Manor Guild and was a county election official.
Caroline’s passions were flower gardening and expressing herself through poetry. One of her proudest moments came just last year, when her poem about her old red barn was published as a children’s book, “Hayropes and Hinges.”
A tragic loss was the death of her daughter at birth; she overcame this by nurturing others.
Caroline is survived by nine Faidley nieces and nephews and their families; the Wagaman families including two goddaughters, Darci and Taylor; and first cousin, Lucille Groenendyk of Pella. Caroline was preceded in death by her infant daughter; husband; nephews, Robert and Derek Faidley; and dear friends, Laurel Mae, Wayne and Jim Wagaman.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Prairie City Christian Church and Prairie City Rescue Assoc. Inc.
The family would like to thank her friends, Park Centre staff, caregiver Kristy, the nurses, and doctors who allowed her to enjoy a rich life.