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Faith Elaine Patton Hornick, 73, of Sharon, died at 8 p.m. Monday (Jan. 8, 2018) following a six-month battle with lung cancer. She passed away in Headland, Ala., where she spent the last months of her life with her daughter, Jill, and her family.
Faith was born in Sharon on Nov. 5, 1944, to Edward Reuben and Margaret Lillian Nickel Patton.
She graduated from Sharpsville High School, class of 1962. She then went on to further her education at what is now Edinboro University, where she graduated in 1966 with degrees in elementary education and special education.
Faith taught in the Sharpsville elementary schools, teaching at the former Pebly building, the former Seventh Street School and the former South Pymatuning Elementary School. She taught for 35 years, from September 1967 until her retirement in June 2003.
While teaching, she was a member of the Sharpsville Area Education Association, the Pennsylvania State Education Association and the National Education Association.
Faith was an avid reader and could always be found with a book nearby. Through her years of teaching, she touched the lives of many children and instilled her love of reading in several of them.
In addition to reading, Faith enjoyed traveling, going to two of her favorite places, England and Ireland. She had a love of British-themed television programs and shows dealing with anything relating to British history.
Faith also spent many Januarys at Fort Myers, Fla., reading at poolside and enjoying the sunshine.
Throughout her life, Faith owned many dogs, her companions, all of whom she loved dearly.
Faith previously had volunteered for Meals on Wheels at Christ Lutheran Church in Sharon.
Survivors include: her daughter, Jill (Tim) Benefield, Headland; two brothers, Roger (Patti) Patton, Sharpsville, and Jeffrey (Barbara) Patton, Sharon; grandchildren, Isabella and Bradley Massas, and step-grandchildren, Tyler and Clayton Benefield, all of Headland; nieces and nephews, Randy, Eric, Megan, Neil, Valerie and Matthew; several cousins and great-nieces and great-nephews, as well as many good friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents and several aunts, uncles and cousins.
Memorial contributions may be sent to and checks made payable to: Sharpsville Elementary School Library, 100 Hittle Ave., Sharpsville, PA 16150.

Faith, 73, of Sharon.
Calling hours: 10 a.m. to noon Friday (1-26-18) at the DONALDSON-MOHNEY FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATION SERVICE, 124 Main St., Sharpsville. Online condolences may be expressed at www.donaldsonmohney.com
Service: Noon Friday in the funeral home.
Published on January 22, 2018
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