Charmaine Eden Lawrence Fay passed into the Hands of God on October 21, 2019, at her home in San Jose, California, after a long and courageous journey through pancreatic cancer. Her devoted husband, Warren D. Fay, was at her side. She was 64.
Charmaine was born to Frances B. and Earl W. Eden in Louisville, KY, on June 21, 1955. She is survived by Mr. Fay and her stepdaughter -- Devon Elyse Fay (Rancho Cordova, CA); and her loving sisters and brothers-in-law – Cheryl and James K. Goodlad, Jr. (Franklin, KY) and Charisse and A. Gordon Grant, Jr. (New Orleans, LA). She leaves behind her nephew -- James K. “Gunner” Goodlad, III and his wife, Laryssa E. Goodlad (Nashville, TN); and her niece -- Shelby Goodlad Coates and husband Robert Coates (Huntsville, AL). Although physical distance separated the family, they remain unified in the comfort and privilege of having loved this funny, generous, extraordinary woman.
Warren and Charmaine epitomized a classic love story and were together every moment since they met in Boston, MA, in 1996. They lived their lives in love and laughter. In celebration of their 21st anniversary, they were married on March 5, 2017. During their many years together, they shared a love for the Good Things in Life – the company of family and close friends, great food and wine, boisterous laughter, and their beloved West Highland White Terriers -- Talisker, Dele and Miracle. Charmaine loved classic rock, country music, and (her favorite) Snoop Dogg. She also enjoyed science fiction, fashion and fine jewelry, and chocolate – really good chocolate.
She began her career as an x-ray technician in New Orleans and continued with many different positions at healthcare companies, including Diasonics, Toshiba, and Phillips. Her career was capped with 15 years at Varian Medical Systems in Palo Alto, California. Over the years, Charmaine professionally and personally enriched the lives of countless friends and co-workers. She never knew a stranger and had the gift of making everyone feel like family. Charmaine left a loving mark on all she touched.
A Celebration of Life ceremony will be held in her honor at Darling & Fischer Campbell Memorial Chapel in Campbell, California on Saturday, November 2, 2019, from 2:00-6:00p.