Rowena "Faye" Pickett
January 20, 1923 - November 11, 2015
Faye Pickett of Salem passed away on November 11, 2015 at age 92. She was born in Foster, Oregon, a sixth-generation Oregonian. Due to the death of her mother, Faye was raised by her maternal grandparents, Charles and Almona Peck, on a farm in Foster. During the school year, she also lived with her paternal grandmother, Nancy Gedney, in Sweet Home.
In 1943 she married Ernest Pickett, also of Sweet Home, in Salinas, Kansas where he was stationed as a B-29 pilot. Ernie was later shot down over Japan and became a POW. After the war, they owned and operated a restaurant/bus depot in Sweet Home and later owned road-building and logging companies. Their two sons, Dick and Tim, were born in Sweet Home. In the early 1950s they moved to Florence, Oregon, where they went into the auto parts business and had a third child, Kristi. Faye and Ernie were both active in the community. Faye was also an excellent watercolor artist, a hobby which she developed in Florence and continued with passion to the end of her life.
At retirement, Faye and Ernie moved to Springfield where they avidly enjoyed University of Oregon sporting events. After Ernie’s death in 1999, Faye moved to Salem and continued a busy and social life at Hidden Lakes active living residence.
Faye developed many close friendships at Hidden Lakes and remained there for fifteen years, busy with her activities, family, and friends. She eventually came to live with her daughter, Kristi, and Kristi’s husband Don Negri.
Faye had an easy-going and loving personality and it was always a pleasure to have her near. She truly enjoyed people and genuinely loved her many friends.
Faye is survived by her three children: Dick Pickett and his wife, Peggy, of Springfield; Tim Pickett of Eliot, Maine; and Kristi Negri and her husband, Don, of Salem. She loved her children and many grandchildren dearly, and was the proud great-grandmother of seven.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, November 21 at 2:00 PM at the Sweet Home Christian Church at 1825 Long St., in Sweet Home. Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service is assisting the family.