Thursday, February 18, 2016

Fay Angus Passes

One of the truly remarkable spirits of Sierra Madre, and certainly among its greatest advocates, has now moved on. Fay Angus was a good friend to all who hoped to preserve Sierra Madre from individuals who would exploit it for their own narrow purposes and gain. The conscience of this community, she will be missed greatly.

Fay, as most know, was an accomplished author, and had achieved a worldwide fame for her gentle wit and literary prowess. She wrote about many things. One book in particular that achieved international notice was The White Pagoda. The child of missionaries in China, it detailed her experiences as a young prisoner there in a Japanese internment camp during World War II. Here is how one reader described the book in a review posted on Amazon.


Fay Angus was also a noted speaker at Sierra Madre City Council meetings. Her eloquent and carefully prepared addresses were a joy to behold, and often were the highlight of those get-togethers. Fearless in her belief that truth was always the most important thing, here she addresses the City Council and community at large about misappropriated claims of heroism made by a sitting Councilmember at that time.

Link to video here.

I thought I'd leave you with a small passage of poetry that I believe Fay wrote in memory of her departed husband.

I’ve lit a candle in my heart
with thoughts of you today,
the way you used to look at me,
the little things you’d say.

My dearest, sweetest memory,
so far and yet so near,
I’m missing you, I’m loving you,
I’m wishing you were here.

Fay Angus will be deeply missed.

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25 comments:

  1. Fay Angus always took the high road.
    She was a courageous fighter for the preservation of her beloved home...Sierra Madre.
    She was my dear friend, who always was there for me when I had a problem.
    RIP sweet Fay... You were the conscious of this town.
    You will be missed.
    I will miss you

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  2. Sorry to hear of the passing of Fay Angus. Will cherish our time together fighting to preserve our town. She possessed a superb intellect and a quick wit, along with the most charming smile. She would only stand for honesty in her dealings with others, a notion long absent in our city government. I was honored to call Fay a friend.
    Rest in peace you grand lady
    Kevin Paschall

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  3. Thank you Kevin. Fay always thought highly of you.

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  4. Fay Angus was a friend to our community, and I only had the pleasure to meet with her a few times. She encouraged me to keep the moniker and thanked me for my tech efforts. She then became a catalysis between me and many in the community that had city council videos from the past.
    The uploading of these key pieces of Sierra Madre city council moments, is what became Neuroblast Films.
    Fay Angus, thank you.

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  5. I first met Fay when we worked to oppose the proposed high school for 1 Carter. She was always supportive of me - from the first time I spoke at public comment (with my voice shaking) to my election to City Council many years later.

    We didn't always agree, for sure, but we could always have a respectful, reasonable debate. I liked Fay a great deal.

    Requiescat in pace, dear Fay.

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  6. Fay was one of the legendary figures in Sierra Madre. Its the end of an era. She fought to preserve this town. We can preserve her memory by keeping up the fight. May she rest in peace. Thoughts and prayers to her family including Katrelya.

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  7. I can't count the number of times Fay called me with a concern and would say. "Caroline you should do ...."

    She called me on night and sent me off in a rain storm for a hearing on the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy where I spoke with a borrowed Topo map on Sierra Madre's position to the Rim of the Valley Corridor study. That study boundary now includes Sierra Madre. Thanks, Fay, for everything!
    Caroline Brown

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  8. Fay was a devoted Christian who lived what she believed.
    She's begun her new life in heaven.

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    1. Diane,
      I echo your sentiments exactly. I will miss Fay terribly. She was indeed the conscience of Sierra Madre. I so enjoyed her wit, her prayerfulness, and her always being willing to give of herself. She was an exemplary role model.

      Faye, I offer you the In Paradisium prayer.
      May the Angels lead you to paradise...may you have eternal rest.
      Blessings to Fay's family and sending special love to Katralia.

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  9. Fays passing is a big loss to the community and leaves a void in all of our hearts. A real lady in all that she did and stood for. I hope Katrelya has support during these difficult times. To loose a mother is one thing but to loose a mother so loved in a community has to make it an even greater loss. Those who are close to her please let us know what we can do. Thank you Fay for all you have done for the community, you will be missed. Gary & Kathy Hood

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  10. A great life and a huge contribution to the community. She was fighting to preserve Sierra Madre when making that happen was a long shot. Wonderful person.

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  11. I just watched her speech, again. So much eloquence, backed up with every bit of substance one could wish. She had a really exquisite moral sense and intelligence of the first order.

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    1. I can't imagine the malefactors were happy when she approached the podium.

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  12. She epitomized class. She will be missed. God bless you and keep your family.

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  13. Fay will be so missed in Sierra Madre, even by those who were not fortunate enough to have met her. She made such an impact on our town. If you haven't read The White Pagoda, which is in England's National Archives, or How I Did Everything Right and Lived to Regret It, pick it up today! RIP dear Fay, Sierra Madre's Treasure. Deb Sheridan

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  14. Fay was my first cousin and God mother and I was very sad to hear of her passing. She was a wonderful spirit, passionate about everything and everyone, a true survivor, so talented, witty, one-of-a-kind and I was proud to have her in my family. RIP dear Fay!

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  15. Fay was a woman of great integrity and talent. In terms of speaking at City Council meetings, she truly was in a category all by herself. Such eloquence! I admired the fact that she could speak so naturally at the podium, even if she was speaking "off the cuff." She was my mentor and my friend. My life is richer for having known her. Rest in peace, "my de-ah".

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    1. Love your comment,Heather...Fay loved you.
      Does anyone know if there will be a funeral?

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    2. I spoke with Katralya briefly last night and hope to speak with Ian tonight. Thanks to everyone here for your kind comments. Fay loved Sierra Madre very much and would be very touched by all the kind words expressed here. - Pam (Vancouver, BC)

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  16. Good bless you Fay!!!

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  17. I regret I never had the pleasure of meeting her. I heard wonderful things about her. My loss and now God's treasure. Rest In Peace beautiful lady.

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  18. I knew Fay for 54 years. I met her at Bethany Church when I was eight years old, when my family returned from our second term on the mission field in Africa. She was an abiding friend all those years. Fay saw the "clouds of glory" trailing me until I could see them, also. She had those kinds of eyes for all whom she met. I miss you, beloved Fay.

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  19. Fay was my first cousin and God mother. It is difficult to think of her not being here anymore as she was such a force to be reckoned with! Truly one-of-a-kind, talented, witty, compassionate, a survivor in every sense of the word. RIP Fay - I will miss you and won't forget you. - Pam

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  20. What an amazing soul...

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