Mary (Hackett) Hayes, 85, passed peacefully to her rest Dec. 31, 2013, at her residence within the Marian Center for Dementia Care at Garvey Manor Nursing Home, Hollidaysburg, ending a 10-year ordeal with Alzheimer's. To her very last day, she demonstrated strength, dignity and character, remarked upon by all who knew and cared for her.
She was born in Reynoldsville, Jefferson County, and she spent her childhood in Ridgway and summers in Driftwood. She was the daughter of the late John Vincent and Florence (MacDonald) Hackett.
Surviving are five children: Rebecca Hayes Rose, Cynthia Hayes Karcher, James Harold Hayes, David Scott Hayes and Richard Raymond Hayes; their spouses: Adam Rose, Richard Karcher Sr., Monica Hayes and Louisa Hayes; eight grandchildren: Richard Karcher Jr., Stephanie Karcher, Brittany Karcher Miller, Jacqueline Hayes Robertson, Sarah Hayes, Caroline Hayes, Eric Bishop Hayes and Trevor Hackett Hayes; a sister, Ruth Hackett Fehrenbach; a sister-in-law, Beverly Hayes Henry; several nieces and nephews from the Hayes and Hackett family lines; and co-residents and loving staff of caregivers at the Marian Center.
She was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, Clifford Raymond Hayes; and four siblings: Florence, John, Donald and James.
Mary graduated from Ridgway Centennial High School in 1946 with her future husband. She married Clifford Raymond Hayes in 1952 and moved to Pittsburgh to begin a new life. In 1954, Mary, with her husband and child, relocated to Altoona and later in 1959 established the family home of 46 years on Cedar Street, Sylvan Hills, Hollidaysburg. Through this time, she maintained an active life, raising her children to adulthood, supporting her husband's architectural career and partnership and traveling avidly around the world through their married years.
Mary was renowned for her style in clothing, elegant manners, graciousness as a host, industrious knitting, tireless cookie making, especially at Christmas-time, and avid reading. She demonstrated a quiet grace in all things.
A celebratory gathering and Mass will be held at 10:30 and 11 a.m. respectively Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014, at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Lakemont. A family and friend reception will follow at the Allegro Restaurant in Altoona.
Those wishing to remember and honor Mary's life are asked to direct their appreciation to the Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm, Garvey Manor, Hollidaysburg.
Arrangements are by Auer Cremation Services of Pennsylvania Inc.