IDA FAIRRELLA CHAMPION (known as Faye Champion to her friends and family), was born on May 3, 1922, in Taylor Arkansas, to R C Mustiful and Ida Lee Edward Mustiful. She was the second sibling of twelve children and one niece. She graduated from Booker T. Washington High school in Seminole Oklahoma in 1942. It was there that her desire to teach grew from an outstanding English teacher, who’s named was forgotten, by not her impact. She received her B.A. in English (French minor) from Arkansas Mechanical and Normal College (now called University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff). She went on to receive a M.A. in Counseling and Guidance in 1973. Faye taught English for 23 years at Gardner High School in Strong Arkansas and Pleasant Hill High School in Childestor Arkansas. She moved to Kansas City in 1969 and taught at Martin Luther King Middle School for fifteen years. Faye Champion was also a published author, her essay "The Lord Will Provide" was published in a book called "Show + Tell" by Potpourri Publications. She also had a poem called "Truth" published in "The Starlet Night" by the "National library of Poetry. Faye joined St. Stephen Baptist Church in 1969. Rev. John W. Williams was the pastor. She was encouraged to be a member and teach the Sunday School Women's Bible Class by Marena Bell Williams and Rosie Lloyd. She was also encouraged to teach lessons in the Minister's, Deacons' and Trustees" Wives Council, by Ophelia Lloyd. She enjoyed participating in the many programs of the church and she continued up until poor health kept her from being able to participate. Faye was married to Eugene Champion on September 8, 1950. He passed away in 1992 after forty-two years of marriage. He was a war veteran and a deacon of St. Stephen Baptist Church. They had one daughter; Wanda Jean Champion Gunter married to Josef Gunter; three Sisters: Mildred Powell, Johnnie Theus and Maurice Finley; two grandchildren Amory Gunter and Monesea Gaines; two great grandchildren Zuri Gunter and Khylan Gaines with a loving host of nephews and nieces. Funeral Services will be held at 11:00a.m. on Friday, July 26, 2019 at St. Stephen Baptist Church 1414 Truman Road Kansas City, Missouri. Visitation 10:00a.m. Interment Mt. Moriah Cemetery, KCMO.
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