The Fay Family: Charles Spencer and Marie Bel Fay

Charles Spencer Fay and Marie Dorothy Bel
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Marie and Charles were married August 10, 1912.
She died as a result of the birth of their second child on July 26, 1914.
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The articles on this page were taken directly from the work of Charles B. Woodard, M.D., The Goos - Moeling Genealogy Page. These pages are remarkably complete and sourced. The original material for Marie Dorothy Bel and Charles Spencer Fay is listed under Marie's information, and is used with permission.
April 10, 1912, Lake Charles, Louisiana
Miss Marie Bel and Charles S. Fay to become life partners
This evening at 8 o'clock Miss Marie Bel, and Charles S. Fay, of New Orleans, will be united in marriage at the home of the bride's parents, corner of Mill and Moss streets.
The Rev. Dr. Alexandria, New Orleans, will perform the ceremony, which will be witnessed only by those immediately connected with the families concerned, although as relatives from different points have been invited it is probable that 150 guests will be present.
Following the ceremony the bride and groom will leave in Mr. Fay's private car for California and other points in the west, to be gone a month, after which they will return to Louisiana and make their home in New Orleans.
The wedding march, from Lohengrin, will be rendered by Mrs. Ora Reams.
An informal reception will follow the wedding, during which time evening refreshments will be served.
The bride will be attired in a white satin gown trimmed in rose point lace. She will wear orange blossoms in her hair, and will carry a beautiful bouquet of lily of the valley and orchids.
The groom will be attired in the conventional black.
The young people will be unattended save for little Della Bel, niece of the bride, who will carry a beautiful bouquet for the bride. Della Bel will be dressed in a white lingerie frock over a pale blue slip.
The house is tastefully decorated for the event, bamboo vines, smilax, and roses giving the effect. The parlor, where the ceremony will be performed is decorated in white, while the back parlor is wreathed in pink. The living room is decorated in red, while the dining room is in pink.
The ceremony will take place under an arch of roses and ferns. Above the center of the parlor, and suspended from the arch is a magnificent bell made up of white roses.
The landings of the stairway are decorated with bamboo and roses.
The bride upon leaving for the tour will be attired in a tan coat suit with hat to match.
Miss Bel is the daughter of one of the best families in Lake Charles and was reared here. She is popular among many friends here and elsewhere.
Mr. Fay is freight manager of the Louisiana & Texas lines of the Southern Pacific, with headquarters at New Orleans, and brother of President Thornwell Fay, of the same lines.
A truly distinctive wedding was that of Miss Marie Dorothy Bel and Mr. Charles Spencer Fay of New Orleans, which was solemnized last evening at 8 o'clock at the home of the bride's parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Bel, 527 Mill street, Rev. William McFadden Alexander of Prytania Presbyterian church of New Orleans, officiating.
The wedding was distinctive in many ways, but first and foremost of all in the fact that the dignity, the sanctity, the beauty of the marriage theme was never once obscured or overlooked, the decorations and wedding accessories being of such nature as to accentuate these in each detail. Then again, there was the sweet atmosphere of sentiment and affection, which should ever rank above all else.
The beauty of the entire reception suite of the handsome home was enhanced by artistic groupings of foliage plants, and effective arrangement of flowers and graceful festooning of lovely Southern smilax. Within the reception hall and exquisite tracery of smilax marked the stair railing, and immense basket of pink roses and plumosa fern gracing a newel post, while the mantel beneath showed an adornment of the golden hues of the Marchal Neil rose, long sprays of the blossoms being used in graceful profusion.
The chandeliers and archways were fern-twined and in the parlor where the ceremony was performed clusters of glorious Easter lilies and bride roses were in evidence, the effect being most charming against the gold and white finish of the room.
In the bay window of the parlor a handsome arch had been erected, masses of soft delicate fern foliage affording a beautiful background for great clusters of Easter lilies which starred the green with charming effect, their stateliness and dignity off-set by the lovely wedding bell suspended from the center of the arch and fashioned of bride roses, the frame being that which had seen service at various weddings in the family represented by the bride, thus giving additional touches of sentiment.
Long-stemmed blossoms of Malmason roses and carnations in delicate shell pink hues banked the mantel and pedestals here and there supported baskets of the flavored flowers, while a profusion of orange blossoms in all their sweetness was also happily used in this apartment, filling a large bowl in prominent placing upon a cabinet.
In the music room, just beyond, amid a lovely arrangement of ferns and pink roses stood the Baby Grand piano and from this apartment floated the sweet strains of music which announced the approach of the wedding party.
In the library the riot of color given by roses in brilliant hues of red was in decided contrast to the snowiness of the bridal tone above noted, large California baskets filled will the blossoms occupying positions on bookcases, tables and mantel.
A profusion of long-stemmed rose blossoms was also chosen for the living room embellishment while smilax of Southern growth entwined the ....
... large bride's cake which was surmounted by a charming little bride and held the various fortune emblems whose finding was attended by much merriment and enthusiasm.
As the familiar Mendelsohn wedding march, played by Mrs. Ora Reams, was heard the bridal party entered the parlor, the groom and his best man, Mr. Thornwell Fay, of Houston, Texas, with the minister, taking their allotted positions. The bride came down the stairway on the arm of her father, Mr. J. A. Bel, who gave her away, and little Miss Della Bel, the daintiest and cunningest of wedding attendants imaginable, served as train bearer.
The bride never looked more attractive than in her wedding gown of chamois satin and rose point lace. Here and there, caught amid the folds of lace and satin, were small sprays of orange blossoms, and the long veil of illusion which overspread her train of satin, was adjusted to the hair in a charming little cap effect. She carried a bridal bouquet fashioned of orchids and valley lilies, a chatelaine effect being given by a shower of lover's knots, caught with illusion and satin ribbons.
The little train bearer wore daintiest of lingerie frocks over a slip of light blue with blue ribbon bows.
During the informal reception that followed the ceremony dainty ices and punch were served in the dining room, Miss Rosalie Green presiding over the punch bowl.
Mr. and Mrs. Fay left later in the evening on board their private car for an extended Western wedding trip, and upon their return will go to house keeping in their charming bungalow home, 7902 Elm street, New Orleans.
The bride wore a going-away suit of tan whipcord cloth, tailored, her hat of handsome French straw showing golden and brown tints and trimmed with an exquisite Bird of Paradise. Her departure to make her home elsewhere is the one incident of the wedding which her friends would, if possible, have otherwise, for her lovable disposition and sterling characteristics have made her a universal favorite in her home town.
Seldom is so handsome a display of gifts seen as that filling various apartments upstairs, and embracing everything imaginable for service or ornament. The unusual care bestowed in the selection of gifts formed indeed a marked tribute to the universal esteem felt for the happy couple, whose happiness finds responsive echo in the hearts of countless friends.
Many out-of-town guests were in attendance, these having been named in these columns.
The death of Mrs. Marie Bel Fay, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Bel of Lake Charles and wife of Mr. Charles S. Fay of New Orleans, occurred at the Fay home in New Orleans Sunday evening.
The life of the mother went out so unexpected that it came as a great shock to her parents and relatives here.
Mrs. J. A. Bel and Mr. and Mrs. Walter Moeling left last night for New Orleans, and together with Mr. Fay, will accompany the remains to Lake Charles tonight. Mr. Bel, who has been spending several weeks at his summer home at Big Lake, arrived here this morning.
The deceased was loved by a large number of friends in Lake Charles. Those who knew her loved her because of her sweet, self-sacrificing nature and her disposition to think always of others. Her girlhood days in this city are pleasant recollections to all who were associated with her.
The remains will reach Lake Charles from New Orleans tonight and funeral services will be held at the Bel home tomorrow afternoon. [a poem omitted]
Marie Bel Fay
Born Feb. --, 1882. Died July 26, 1914.
News of the death of Mrs. Charles S. Fay, which occurred yesterday afternoon at her home in New Orleans was received here shortly afterward and came as a shock to the entire community.
Mrs. Fay was the eldest of two daughters of Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Bel, and spent her entire life in Lake Charles, previous to her marriage to Mr. Fay about three years ago, since which time she has lived in New Orleans, and although separated from her family and friends here, the close ties of affection have undergone no hindrance, as only a few consecutive weeks have ever passed without their meeting either here or there.
Mrs. Fay's death is particularly contact. Her whole life, with the two years of age, and an infant born Sunday morning. Her death was due to convulsions following the baby's birth.
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The funeral will be held tomorrow afternoon from the Bel home, interment taking place in Orange Grove cemetery.
Mrs. Fay is survived by her husband, two children, her parents, one sister, Mrs. James W. Gardiner, and one brother, Ernest Bel, and a large family connection.
Marie Bel was a gentle and lovable girl, born and reared in Lake Charles, who grew up to young womanhood with the esteem and affection of all with whom she came in contact. Her whole life, with the exception of the few years she spent away at school, was passed in Lake Charles, until her marriage about three years ago to Mr. Charles S. Fay; and she was followed to her new home by the heartfelt wishes of her friends and acquaintances for a happy and useful life. Her parents and brother and sister, as well as her bereaved husband who is almost as well known in Lake Charles as though he were a resident, have the ....
Will Be Held at Parents' Home at 5 This Afternoon
Funeral services were held for the late Mrs. C. S. Fay of New Orleans at 5 o'clock this afternoon, at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Bel and were attended by a large number of grief-stricken friends of the deceased. Following the services the remains were laid to rest in Orange Grove cemetery.
Many beautiful floral offerings were received during the day at the Bel home, and throughout the day messages of condolence flowed in on the bereaved parents. The special train which brought the remains to this city yesterday evening carried a car of wreaths, the gift of New Orleans friends and acquaintances of the late Mrs. Fay.
Among the prominent Southern Pacific railroad officials who came out last night to attend the funeral were J. H. R. Parsons, general passenger agent of the Southern pacific; Joseph Lallande, assistant freight agent, D. D. Asbury, chief clerk; George Guidry secretary to Mr. Fay; Bailey M. Clark, contracting freight agent, and M. J. Leruth, travelling tariff inspector, all of New Orleans; A. G. Lobdell, of New Orleans, general freight agent of the F. & A.; L. C. Bouchard, traveling freight agent, of New Iberia, and H. A. White, traveling freight agent, of Alexandria; Dr. D. McA. Alexander rector of Prytania Presbyterian church, and Mrs. A. L. Redden, both of New Orleans. Mr. and Mrs. Thornwell Fay of Houston, and Edwin Fay, of Austin, also were present at the funeral services.
Burial: July 28, 1914, Orange Grove Cemetery, Lake Charles, Louisiana