Mona Dishman Faith
September 22, 1929 – June 2, 2018
We will remember Mona Faith for her smile, her warmth, her love for life, family and friends. Mona was born in Salina, Kansas on September 22, 1929. Her mom and dad, Mildred and Jewel Dishman, frequently said that when Mona came along, the three of them grew up together since she was born just under a year from their wedding day. When brothers, Don and Bill, joined the family, Mona quickly became the wise and responsible big sister, helping her parents keep the boys out of trouble. As a teenager, Mona donned the pink and white pinafore of the candy striper’s uniform, comforting patients and helping the staff at Salina Hospital. She also served as a life guard at the Salina municipal swimming pool.
Mona set her eye on Marshall while they were both attending Salina High School, and after inviting him to be her date at the Sadie Hawkins Dance, she had him hooked. It took a few years, but after Marshall’s stint in the Navy, and their college careers at Kansas State University, Mona married her high school sweetheart, Marshall, at the Presbyterian Church in Salina. Their marriage of 69 years has been an inspiration to their kids: Lynda, married to her husband Martin Schwemmer; Louise, to her husband Steve Van Court; Laura, to her husband Michael Alley; and David, to his wife Jill Faith.
Despite her passing, Mona remains Marshall’s best friend; a friendship forged through her role as confidant, sounding board and encourager during the years they worked to build the Scoular Company.
Mona’s abundant life was filled with extraordinary joy, but also marked with a deep sorrow. The tragic loss of their third daughter at just two years of age, Leslie Sue Faith, left a profound legacy on our family and on the greater Omaha community. Her life is the inspiration behind Mona’s generous gifts of service, including her roles as Brownie leader, Sunday school teacher, and the “Toy Lady” at Children’s Hospital. Leslie’s life was also the inspiration behind facilities donated to our community, including the Children’s Hospital Play Room, Leslie’s Healing Garden at Nebraska Medicine’s, Buffett Cancer Center, and many others focused on education, and issues concerning women and children.
Of all the joys of Mona’s life, there was none greater than that of her ten grandchildren, and ten great-grandchildren, including: Kurt Schwemmer, his wife Meri and their children Rowan and Ashton; Kelly [Schwemmer], her husband Mike Jennings and their children Kalynn and Jarrett; Phillip Van Court, his wife, Kristin and their children Callie, William and Thomas; Erin [Van Court], her husband Chris Ovrebo and their son Maverick; Emily Van Court and her fiancé Griffin Happel; Merrill Alley, her husband Timothy Clancy and their daughter Clark; Meg Alley and her husband Adam Hootnick; Elisha, her husband Jeff O’Brien and their son Adrian; Ryan Faith; and Christopher Faith.
Mona passed away on Saturday, June 2, 2018. We want to thank our friends for being such a bright gift to Mona throughout her years, and for sharing in the extraordinary beauty of her life.
MEMORIAL SERVICE: Friday, June 8th at 2pm at the West Center Chapel. Interment: Evergreen Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to Hospice House, 7415 Cedar Street, Omaha, Nebraska 68124, http://www.hospicehouseomaha.org/Site/Welcome.html.