If you were following the wave of Southern indie bands in the 80s, Let’s Active was one of your listening staples. Let’s Active co-founder, co-vocalist and bass player Faye Hunter influenced at least one of my high school friends to start playing bass and I’m sure there are many other female bassists out there who would say the same. Her musical clout was epic.
In addition to being an influential musician, Faye Hunter was also more recently a live-in caregiver for her mother, a Beagle owner and a devoted friend to animals. She regularly posted photos on Facebook of the donkey sanctuary near her home in Advance, NC where she volunteered:
Faye also posted many shots of her beloved Beagle, Toby:
On June 25, Toby died and Faye posted the following on her Facebook page:
Please promise to run free and happy in doggie heaven, my most precious and good and adored little Toby. You suffered so much early in life, but once you found my house you were safe and showered with kindness and love. I love you, I love you forever and always, and my heart hurts. R.I.P.
and on July 2:
It has rained every single day since my Toby left us. In my heart it has too.
Faye died on July 21, 2013 at her home, a victim of suicide. An obituary in the Winston-Salem Journal indicates she wanted any donations made in her memory to go to The Elephant Sanctuary in TN or an area animal shelter. Let’s Active co-founder Mitch Easter told NC public radio:
“She was definitely artistic, but every bit as much as that she was a deeply kind person and she was an animal person,” Easter said. “There wasn’t a single animal of the face of the earth that she wouldn’t try to help if it needed help. She was just a great person, a really great person. Very distinctive, bright, interesting person.”
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