Fauline Faye Sweetland

Fauline Faye Sweetland (nee Porter)

March 141941 - January 28, 2022

Fauline Faye Sweetland passed into the everlasting arms of Jesus in her sleep, in her 81st year. We can only imagine what it has been like for Faye to finally see her Saviour and Lord and fully be in His presence.

Beloved wife of David Lionel Sweetland for over 62 years which started at the “Chuck Wagon” restaurant in Woodstock.

Cherished mother of Stephen (Donna Beth) Sweetland, Lawrence (Heather) Sweetland, Bradley (Judy) Sweetland, Andrew Sweetland and Jennifer Woodford, loving grandmother/great grandmother to Joshua (Amy- Calvin +Haddon) Sweetland, Sarajayne (John – Fischer+Aberdene) Dekker, Jesiah (Catie – Paisley +?) Sweetland, Matthew (Katie – Georgie+Hank) Sweetland, Melissa (Jordan – Lucy+Ray) Roberts, Hillary (Will - Lucas) Walters, Chris, Alex, Jordyn, Nicole Sweetland and Cameron, Amber Woodford.

Dear sibling of Lorraine, Randolph (Bud), and Larry Porter, as well as Cathy and Donna Tozer. She will always be remembered by her many extended family and friends.   

Predeceased by her parents Sterling and Olga Porter (nee Stirling) and by her siblings, Marilyn Spencer (nee Porter) and Wayne Porter. 

Faye/Mom will be deeply missed. We already have been inwardly grieving her loss over the past few years with the onset of Alzheimer’s Disease. The big grief we have already felt is as a result of a big love that we experienced through Mom’s love for life, children, baking, cooking, hosting, reading, worshipping, serving, chatting, having tea and listening. We intend to remember, honour and mourn her outwardly going forward through our own unique expression of the things she cherished. 

Faye was a wonderful mother, grandmother and great grandmother. She dedicated her life to raising her family and living for her Lord as a faithful servant within and outside of her home. She loved to cook and bake much to the appreciation of David and her children. Faye spoke often of her young life in Nova Scotia. She loved her Dulse (dried seaweed snack) and frequenting Mel’s Fish and Chips with David in Woodstock for their regular seafood fix. She often mentioned her time spent with her Nana – who lived in her home town, Springhill, Nova Scotia. Her Nana consistently took her to the local Salvation Army church to worship and learn about Jesus. 

Many children in Ingersoll, Ontario were touched by “Mrs Sweetland’s” efforts in the Ingersoll after-school and backyard bible clubs for many years. Still to this day people approach family members to acknowledge the impact she had on their lives as children in the clubs and in her Sunday School classes. Faye and David were long time members of Ingersoll First Baptist Church and always spoke fondly of cherished friendships that blossomed there.

Faye/Mom was a faithful prayer counsellor on the phone for many years at 100 Huntley Street in Burlington. Experiences early in her life prepared her to have an empathetic ear for those who were hurting and needing guidance. She spoke often of how valuable and therapeutic this time was toward her own growth on her life’s journey. Faye confidently and consistently used her voice to advocate for the rights of pre-born babies in the womb and the young moms needing the support to raise them in their local community. 

Faye/Mom loved to talk in colours. Her favourite colour was purple. We often had fun with her while each quizzing her about what colour she thought we each represented in the moment. The amazing thing about this little exercise is she rarely changed her answer for each of us at any given time over the years. We would laugh together about how our colours never changed! 

Ode to the East Coast: https://youtu.be/7Pu6L84JFN0 Faye’s Dr in Springhill as a child was Anne Murray’s father. Faye’s dad was a coal miner whose life was cut short in the Springhill Mine Disaster of 1958. 75 miners died that day. 

Faye loved the Psalms and her much loved and shared bible verse was found in Numbers 6:24-26:  “24 The Lord bless you and keep you; 25 the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; 26 the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.” This scripture became a popular one throughout the pandemic which incidentally was announced to Canada the day before her birthday March 13th 2020. https://youtu.be/d48-qbcovVY

 Poor Bishop Hooper - Psalm 23 (EveryPsalm) - YouTube

 Faye’s much-loved hymn was also admired by her father Sterling: I come to the Garden Alone. https://youtu.be/x2jYB_IbQsQ

 The Sweetland Family would like to sincerely thank the Elgin Manor staff and Dr Derek Vaughan for their compassionate and tender loving care with our Mom over the past three years. We are so grateful Mom and Dad had this quality time together under your care after having to leave their home in Ingersoll. We would also like to thank Paul and Barb Wareing of Wareing Cremation Services for their guidance and support during this time.

Arrangements for a private family gathering/memorial are in process. Interment will occur in the spring of 2022 at Ebenezer Grove Cemetery in Mount Elgin, Ontario. 

If desired, memorial contributions in her name to any one of these organizations loved and supported by Faye/Mom would mean so much:

 1) Giving - First Baptist Church Ingersoll (fbcingersoll.com)

 2) Donations to Elgin Manor - Elgin County

 3) 100 Huntley Street Canada 

4) “Beginnings Pregnancy Care Centre” Donate to Beginnings – Beginnings Family Services 

5) Make a donation | Compassion Canada 

6) Support The African Children's Choir | Registered 501c(3) (africanchildrenschoir.com)

Expressions of sympathy may be sent by mail to David Lionel Sweetland and Family at Elgin Manor 39262 Fingal Line, St Thomas, ON N5P 3S5. 

Kindly, The Sweetland Family

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  • To Dave and the whole family, we are so sorry for your loss. Faye was a wonderful, gentle soul who was passionate about her children and grandchildren. We will remember her friendliness and joyful disposition. She loved the Lord with all her heart and that love shone in her face. We were blessed to know her. May God comfort you with many wonderful memories of times spent with her.

    Lloyd & Lynda Plummer
  • Beautiful tribute to a beautiful Lady. Faye had such a wonderful gift for praying. I loved to hear her pray. The prayers were so heartfelt and meaningful. May God comfort you in this time of great loss.

    Sandie & Harold Crane
  • Condolences to all of Faye’s family. I was sad to hear that Faye has left us. I have many great memories of “Mrs. Sweetland growing up and even as an adult I was always happy to have a chance to see and talk to here. Her time in this life has left a mark on many of us for years to come.

    Brad Hammond
  • So very sorry to here. My sympathies to the entire family. I have great memories having sleep overs with Jen and of course our baking electives with Faye at the house for school. Thoughts and prayers to you all

    Jodie Foss-Fuller
  • Dear Sweetland family Dick and I would like to extend our deepest condolences to you with the loss of one amazing lady. I loved reading a small snippet of her life in her obituary. May God give Dad Dave and the family all the peace, strength and comfort needed during this difficult time of grief. We rejoice with you in knowing that she is with her Lord and Saviour and once again is whole.

    Frieda Dekker
  • I will miss our many letters and time on the phone every month for away love and peace be with you love your brother larry

    Larry porter
  • My sincere condolences to the Sweetland family in the loss of their dear Mother.

    Sharon Lapointe
  • I remember Mrs. Sweetland from her teaching the after school Bible Study to my children at Harris Heights School many years ago. What I remember most about her are her words, “God doesn’t want to put us in boxes, we are ALL His children!” This is something I have never forgotten even after all these years!
    Condolences to the family and all affected by her passing!

    Henrietta Mulder
  • My thoughts are with u David and the family Faye was a special lady who was caring loving and understanding all her yeas . Thinking of. U all now and afterwards

    Joanne Mucska

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