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HAYES, Edna 1872-1960


Posted By: Tammy (email)
Date: 11/15/2016 at 07:11:18

Mrs. Edna Hayes Dies Thursday in County Hospital

Mrs. Edna Hayes, 87, died Thursday in the Grundy County Memorial Hospital where she had been a patient since February 6 due to complications of her advanced age.

Funeral services were held at 1:30 p.m. Monday in the Grundy Center Methodist church, with resident pastor Rev. E. E. Basye and Dr. Merton Green of Oelwein in charge. Burial was in the Grundy Center cemetery.

Pallbearers were W. R. Mitchell, Olin Frenz, C. Lee King, Nick Horbach, George Boyenga and Joe Bergman.

Special music for the service was furnished by Mrs. Glen Cone and Mrs. Art Trevillyan. Mrs. Walter Fonken and Mrs. Lloyd Freed were in charge of flowers.

Edna Williams was born July 4, 1872, at Grundy Center, the daughter of William and Lucia Williams. She spent nearly all her life in Grundy Center.

She attended the Grundy Center public school, and received her music education at Cornell College and the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago. For 10 years during the early 1900's she gave piano lessons in her home.

Harry C. Hayes and Edna Williams were united in marriage in Omaha on January 17, 1917, and the couple lived both in Omaha and Grundy Center. Mr. Hayes passed away in March, 1923, and was buried in the Grundy Center cemetery.

The remainder of Mrs. Hayes' active years were spent in philanthropic and civic projects.

She was a member of the Grundy Center school board for 12 years, and was active in the promotion of the Grundy Center Library, which she served for many years as a director and one of its chief contributors.

Mrs. Hayes was a devoted member of the local Methodist church, which she served as organist for over 50 years. Her many liberal contributions to the church included the gifts of a new organ, pianos, and public address system.

She was the benefactor of many Grundy Center young people without financial means to obtain a college education.

Mrs. Hayes also contributed heavily to the Grundy County Memorial Hospital during the period when it was first being organized. The room in the hospital in which Mrs. Hayes died was one she had furnished.

Survivors include a niece, Mrs. Florence Boies, Los Angeles; a cousin, Mrs. C. C. Rusk, Webster City; grandnephew, Sam R. Raymond, Los Angeles; two grandnieces, Mrs. Lucia Myers and Mrs. Florence Sutphen, both of Los Angeles; and five stepdaughters in the Hayes family from Nebraska.

--The Grundy Register (Grundy Center, Iowa), 10 March 1960, sec 3, pg 1


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