Faye Spanos, the mother of Los Angeles Chargers owner Dean Spanos, died late Tuesday night, the football team announced. She was 92.
The team did not list a cause of death but said she died peacefully.
“Faye Spanos will be missed terribly by her family and by all who knew her,” the team said as part of a statement. “Faye was the essence of grace, compassion, humility, and kindness. Her devotion to her family and her deep faith in God guided her throughout her life. Faye was a blessing to all who knew and loved her.”
Faye’s husband, Alex Spanos, who purchased the Chargers in 1984, revealed in 2008 that he suffers from dementia. The two married in 1948 and raised four children in Stockton, Calif. Faye and Alex Spanos had 15 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
In a statement released by the NFL, Commissioner Roger Goodell said:
“The NFL family is saddened by the passing of Faye Spanos, the light and rock of the Spanos family. Faye was a woman of faith, compassion and dignity, who inspired her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren as well as countless friends and extended family. We extend our deepest condolences to Alex, Dean, the entire Spanos family and the Chargers organization. Family meant so much to Faye, and she was a wonderful partner to Alex for 70 years on a lifelong journey marked by their service and generosity to people throughout their beloved state of California.”