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Celebrating the life of Mrs. Faye Smith, 1928 - 2023

Daystar University announces the transition to glory of Faye Smith that happened on Friday 6th October, 2023. Faye was born on 26th December 1928 in Eugene, Oregon, USA, and married Donald Kendall Smith on 25th June, 1950. They began their missionary career in 1952 in South Africa. Don and Faye later relocated to Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, where they started Daystar Communications with Motsoko Pheko. In 1974 they acquired property in Nairobi with great support from US friends and the Tyndale Foundation in particular, for Daystar Communications, which would later become Daystar University College.  Later in 1994, Daystar University College was awarded a Charter by the Government of Kenya to become Daystar University.

Through the years, Faye remained a strong and close companion for Don as they pursued their missionary calling together. She will be remembered for her many gifts, cheerful spirit, and as a gifted curator of information. She suffered declining health in the last seven years, leading to her departure on the morning of Friday 6th October 2023.

Daystar community will have the opportunity to condole with the Smiths on Monday 9th October and Thursday, 12th October, 10:00am to 12:00 noon at their home on the Main Campus. Due to Don's health, we ask that those wishing to visit keep to the suggested times.

There will be a Prayer Service led by Daystar Chaplaincy on Wednesday, 11th October at 6:00pm, Nairobi Campus, DAC Auditorium.

A Funeral Service will be held at the Main Campus Amphitheatre on Saturday, 14th October 2023 starting at 10:00am. The congregation should be seated by 9:00am. Burial will follow afterwards at the Heroes Corner.

The University has provided a digital platform for you to remember and honor our beloved Faye Smith. Be sure to leave a memory, a kind word of encouragement, or a prayer through the following link: Remembering Faye Smith.

"Those who are wise will shine like the brightness of the heavens, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars for ever and ever" (Daniel 12:3).