Faye Jeannine Carey Obituary

Faye Jeannine  Carey
Faye Carey
Faye Jeannine Carey

May 7, 1935 - October 8, 2021
Born in Deadwood, SD
Resided in Windsor Heights, Iowa
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Faye Jeannine Carey, 86, passed away Friday, October 8, 2021, at UnityPoint Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines. Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, October 15, 2021, at Iles Westover Chapel. The service will be livestreamed on the Iles website. Go to IlesCares.com at 10:45 a.m. Friday and scroll to the bottom of Faye’s obituary to join in the service. Private inurnment will be at Iowa Veterans Cemetery near Van Meter.

Faye Jeannine Spindler was born in Deadwood, SD, on May 7, 1935. Her father was a well known mechanic who owned Spindler Garage in downtown Deadwood. She was the third child and first girl to Garnett and Carl.

Faye grew up a tomgirl tagging along after her two brothers in her long hair and pigtails. Often her mother would put her on the Jackrabbit Bus with a note and ride it to Miles City, MT to visit her grandparents in the summertime. Faye loved going to the movies and always took a banana. Her first jobs were a paper route (on her bike with her dog, Brownie following close behind) and working at the Bodega Cafe. Growing up she liked to ice skate and dance.

Faye graduated high school in Deadwood and shortly thereafter married Bill Crouse in her hometown. She moved during the early years with him and then settled in Des Moines. She worked at Equitable of Iowa until her children were born, Lori in 1956 and Dan in 1960.

Faye loved animals and had a companion dog her entire life and they meant the world to her. They were treated like royalty and smothered with love. Her first was Brownie and there were many more thereafter.

She returned to the workforce and met and married Tom Carey in 1978 & he added son Thomas and daughter Katie to the family. Together they ran Tom Carey Enterprises for over 40 years.

Many family events and holidays were held at their home and the lake house which they so enjoyed for many years. Multiple generations learned to waterski there after watching Grandma Faye “Fly over the water” always with a big grin on her face. Another favorite pastime of hers was bowling which she enjoyed right up to her passing. Faye and Tom attended a multitude of family member events including school performances, birthday parties, holiday gatherings and many weddings. They cherished their children & grandchildren & hated to miss out on anything. Faye and Tom also enjoyed a wide variety of travel over their 43 years of marriage.

Faye was very proud of her family and cherished her husband Tom, daughter, Lori J. (Joe Voss) Fredrickson of Indianola, IA, son, Daniel C. (Lek) Crouse of Black Hawk, SD; step son, Thomas (Nancy Chang) Carey of Rockford, IL, step daughter, Katie (Dean) Colony of North Liberty, Iowa; eleven grandchildren, Jennifer (Jason) Burtz, Lindsey (Roy) Ulrich, Jamie (Robert) Thomas, Holli (Scott) Duncan, Andrew Carey, Beau Kuhrt, Olivia Kuhrt, Megan Colony, Eric Colony, and Alison Colony, 15 great-grandchildren, & many nieces & nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her brothers, Carlton Spindler and Dr. William E. Spindler, and her grandson, Josiah D. Crouse.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Second Chance Dog Rescue in Prole, IA or Puppy Jake Foundation in Urbandale. Online condolences will be welcomed at www.IlesCares.com.






Memorial Service
Iles Westover Chapel
6337 Hickman Road
Des Moines, IA US 50322
Friday, October 15, 2021
11:00 AM
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