Faith Ellen Mainhart of Laredo, formerly of Cortland, entered into eternal rest Thursday, June 19, 2014, at the age of 64.

Faith (Fay) was the executive director of the Ruthe B. Cowl Rehabilitation Center in Laredo, Texas. The center is 50 years old and provides physical, occupational and speech therapy to all segments of the Laredo community and surrounding areas. Prior to this assignment, Fay was the Wine Steward/Manager for HEB (a grocery distribution chain in Texas), her second career choice after retiring from General Motors / Delphi in 2002. Her career at Delphi started in Warren in 1968, at the Delphi Packard Electric Division. She transferred to Texas in 1991 to assist in the Mexican operations. She was the senior environmental engineer responsible for all trans-boundary shipments of hazardous material along with recycling and environmental training.

Fay was a Leadership Texas (Women) Alumnae Association president in 2003. In 2005, she was named to the Foundation for Women’s Resources-Council of the Board. She was past president of the Laredo Business and Professional Women’s Association, former board member of the Webb County Community Action Agency. She was past president of the United Way of Laredo Executive Board. Under her leadership, the United Way campaign raised $1,890,000, $190,000 more than the goal. In 2012, she was awarded the Dr. Billy F. Cowart Award for her continuous leadership and conscientious support of the United Way.

She supported the following organizations with vim and vigor: Women’s City Club, Literacy Volunteers of America, Junior Achievement and the 21st Century Advisory Council Webb County. She loved to cook, explore wines, travel and entertain. She was blessed with nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren that brought balance to her life. She loved her family and friends.

Faith is survived by her loving children, Stacey Potts, Michael E. (Dorothy) Mainhart Jr., Denise Lynn Bradley and Brent A. (Margarita) Mainhart; brothers, David E. Ruiter and Adelbert George (Linda) Ruiter; one sister-in-law, Cynthia Sloan; nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Michael E. Mainhart, Sr.; her parents, Carol P. and Jonathan Ruiter; and her sister-in-law, Patricia E. Ruiter.

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