In January this year, worldwide marriage encounter honoured them as the longest married couple in 2012. It is reported that Theresa Faiss died on Sunday and private services are planned for her.
She has three wonderful sons, six grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren. Wilbur Faiss the husband, who served in the Senate between 1976 and 1984, is the oldest living former Nevada state legislator.
Earlier this year, President Barack Obama had planned to give the couple a public acknowledgement during a campaign appearance in southern Nevada, but they were unable to attend.
According to Wilbur Faiss, I quotes “Every day I ask her how she feels and, ‘Is there anything I can do for you?’ And say, ‘Honey, I still love you.’?”
Theresa Watts Faiss was born Sept. 10, 1915, near Centralia, in Clinton County, Ill. Her brother, Clifford, still lives in the area. A sister, Hazel, and a brother, Melvin, preceded her in death.
The Faisses moved to North Las Vegas in 1944. They opened the Truck Haven in the early 1950s and later opened the Truck Harbor near Nellis Air Force Base. The businesses are no longer there.
While Wilbur Faiss worked at the Nevada Test Site, now called the Nevada National Security Site, Theresa Faiss operated the service station and a cafe with the help of their three sons.
In 1996, Theresa Faiss was honoured as Clark County’s Pioneer Mother of the Year.