Faye Sanders


Faye was Barnes Bank’s first female employee

Faye Sanders was a familiar face at the Barnes Banking Company for forty-five years. She was the bank’s first female employee. In 1920, she was hired as a clerk/bookkeeper, and, in the 1930s, she became a teller. She would work as a teller up until the time of her retirement.

Faye was born in Farmington, Utah on June 27, 1897. She was the daughter of David Albert and Mary Alice Van Fleet Sanders. Her father was an LDS Church member who practiced polygamy so by the time Faye was born she had two sisters and two brothers in her immediate family and twenty-three half-brothers and half-sisters from her father’s two other families. Eventually, thirty children would be born into the Sanders family. Faye’s younger brothers, Hod and Van were numbers twenty-nine and thirty.

When Faye was nine, her family moved from Farmington to Sugar City, Idaho. Her father was a railroad contractor who built the railroad line from Idaho Falls into Sugar City to connect the Fremont County Sugar Factory to the Oregon Short Line Railroad’s mainline. The family lived in Sugar City until 1912 when they relocated to Kaysville.

Faye’s first home in Kaysville was on the corner of 200 North and 300 West (184 North 300 West), and at the age of sixteen, she went to work as a clerk at the Kaysville Co-operative Mercantile Institution. She worked at the K.C.M.I. until she moved to the bank position.

Faye never married. Her high school sweetheart and fiancee, David Day, died as a soldier in WWI. However, she was a very close friend of Dick Gailey her co-worker at Barnes Bank. The two dated for many years but never married. Faye, accompanied by other ladies, frequently traveled with Dick on his many adventures. She was a traveler with Dick on all of his European vacations. They were in Berlin, Germany in 1939, just two days before the outbreak of World War II.

Faye was a member of a couple of Kaysville lady’s clubs that were active in civic improvements – the P.S.G. Club and the 4-G Club. In the 1930’s, as a service project, the P.S.G. Club planted trees and shrubs as a cemetery beautification contribution when the city established perpetual care responsibilities. The club was also involved in several Main Street “Clean-Up/Spruce Up” improvement endeavors.

In 1965, Faye retired. She had worked at the bank for forty-five years and interacted with Kaysville and Davis County citizens for fifty-two years, first as a clerk at the K.C.M.I. and then as a teller at the bank.

Faye died in Salt Lake City on January 3, 1973, at the age of seventy-five. Interment was in the Kaysville City Cemetery.


  • “Kaysville Ladies of Note – Faye Sanders”, Our Kaysville Story Facebook post by Bill Sanders, September 17, 2021.

  • Photos courtesy of: Bill Sanders Collection.