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Elizabeth Faria
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Elizabeth (Liz) Ann Faria, 59, of Escalon passed away on Friday, Dec. 12, 2008 at her home.

She was born in Modesto on April 29, 1949 to Henry and Virginia Van Dyk. She grew up with her sister Gerti among the almond orchards and dairies of Ripon.

She married dairyman Frank B. Faria of Escalon in 1976 and became a parishioner of St. Patrick's Catholic Church. She was a loving mother to her two children, Natalie and Nicholas.

Her passion in life was quilting. She belonged to both the Oakdale and Manteca Quilt Guilds where she often took a leadership role. She loved to exchange recipes and cook with her daughter. Throughout life, she was a Democrat who was always up to date on current events.

Always an avid reader, she enjoyed reading science fiction and mystery novels. She loved British culture and humor, watching movies, and listening to classic rock. She worked as an Administrative Assistant for the California Dairy Campaign where she made many friends and alliances in the dairy industry.

Survivors include her daughter, Natalie Pope of Escalon; mother, Virginia Van Dyk of Ripon; sister, Gerti Vander Schuur of Ripon; niece Andrea Goodspeed; nephew Bryan Vander Schuur of San Diego; and close family members Dawn Webster, Makayle Neuvert, Frank C. Faria and Jacob Faria, as well as many loving friends and relatives.

She was preceded in death by her son Nicholas Faria in 1999, and her father Henry Van Dyk in 1990.

Visitation will be held at Deegan Funeral Chapel in Escalon on Thursday, Dec. 18 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. with private family visitation from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. A funeral Mass will be held at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Escalon on Friday, Dec. 19 at 10 a.m. followed by burial a St. John's Catholic Cemetery.

The family requests that donations be made to the Philanthropists of the Manteca Quilt Guild, P.O. Box 1588, Manteca, CA 95336.

Deegan Funeral Chapel in charge of arrangements.

The Escalon (Calif.) Times

Dec. 17, 2008