Faye Bickel

Jun 4, 1932 - Oct 1, 2019


It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of our dear Faye. After a long and joyful life, Faye passed away with her daughter by her side. R Faye Bickel was born to Henry and Ruby Arnold on June 4, 1932 in Nashville Arkansas. Being born the middle child of two brothers, Ray Jr. and Jimmy, Faye grew up spirited and energetic. She was raised during the Great Depression, Dustbowl and World War II which made her grow up strong and independent. On May 7, 1949 she married the love of her life, Torris John Bickel, and spent 55 wonderful years with him. Together they raised their two children, Steven and Deborah, and made many wonderful memories. Some of their favorite pastimes were camping in their RV, fishing Eagle Lake, coastal getaways, rock hunting, antique shopping, gardening and drinking coffee on the back porch while naming the hummingbirds. Anything Faye set her mind to she accomplished. When Torris was going to school she worked to support him, then went back to night school herself and finished her high school diploma. She continued working hard as a teacher’s assistant for the Sacramento school district and retired in 1994. Faye never put herself first instead she dedicated her life to spoiling Torry, her children, her grandchildren and great grandchildren. These were the highlights of her life and she would often reminisce about the beautiful times they had together. When Torris became ill she cared for him, whenever there was a new grandchild she crocheted a detailed and personalized blanket for the baby and if anyone needed help she was there. Faye never forgot a birthday. She was usually the first one to call in the mornings and sing “happy birthday” at the top of her lungs. No matter what the circumstance Faye always had a positive attitude, and if not she always had a great quote for it. Faye’s constant joy was attributed to her faith in Jesus. She was fun, loved to dance, joke, and make friends with anyone she met. Faye’s feisty personality and contagious smile lit up the room which will be remembered long after she’s gone. She will be deeply missed but her legacy will live on through her many family and friends. She leaves behind Steven and Cindy Bickel, 2 grandchildren, David Bickel and Tanya Church, and 5 great grandchildren, Deborah and Joseph Silva, 5 grandchildren, Shonna Perez, Jerrid Silva, Justin Silva, Jordan Silva, Shanelle Downey, and 11 great grandchildren and many, many more loved ones.


  • Gayle Perry says:

    As a little girl, I remember going across the street to The Bickel’s and visiting Debbie (my sometimes babysitter). The Bickel’s were always very friendly in opening up their house to neighbors, and my heart and love goes out to the whole family, especially Debbie and Steve. Your mother was a very special woman, and will be missed. You will be in my thoughts and prayers. Gayle (Boyer) Perry.

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