Faye Liddle Van Benschoten, loving wife of Roland Van Benschoten, and beloved mother of MaryAnn and Andy, passed away suddenly Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014 at Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown after suffering a fall on Friday at her home in New Kingston.
The daughter of Walter Coulter Liddle and Jennie Hobbie Liddle, she was born January 15, 1919 on the family farm on the Tremperskill in the Town of Andes.
Although Faye and Roland attended different local high schools and graduated a year apart, fate contrived to have them meet on a shared senior trip to New York City and Washington D.C. On the way to the Delaware Water Gap, Roland asked to sit beside her on the bus. Faye told the story years later that Roland bought her a drink at the top of the Empire State Building that “made me very dizzy. The trip was not well chaperoned,” she added.
Thus began a memorable and tender marriage of 63 years as the young couple shared the tribulations, sorrows, hard work, joy, and laughter of running a successful family dairy farm in the heart of the beautiful New Kingston Valley. They raised two children while painstakingly developing an award-winning herd of Jersey cattle (Faye kept a few Holsteins on the side.) Along the way they gained the respect and love of all who were lucky enough to have known them.
Faye will be fondly remembered by many people for many things, especially her generosity, her inspired cooking, and her welcoming to the farm of characters from every level of society including the highest uniformed ranks of the New York State DEC and the scruffiest long-haired hippies from Harvard.
Faye Van Benschoten also possessed a dry wit and an impeccable sense of timing. In later years she delighted in telling hilarious stories of people she had encountered in the course of a long and rewarding life spent here in her beloved Catskill Mountains. She will be sorely missed.
Faye was predeceased by Roland, her sister, Rudy Lyons, and her brothers, Jehiel and Lynn Liddle. Besides MaryAnn and Andy, she is survived by her son-in-law, Charles Schmeiser, her sisters-in-law, Sally Ann Van Benschoten and Edith Liddle, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Burial will be private. A memorial service is planned for Saturday, Aug. 30 at 11 a.m. at the Presbyterian Church in New Kingston.
The Roland and Faye Van Benschoten Calf Scholarship, a fund to assist a young person in purchasing a calf, has been established by the Delaware County Jersey Cattle Club. Donations in Faye’s memory can be made to the scholarship by sending a check made out to the Delaware County Jersey Cattle Club in care of Bill Moody, Box 2553, Covert Hollow Road, Hamden, NY 13782.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the Hynes Funeral Home, Margaretville.