Lauretta Anne Hayes (Scheldt)
Lauretta Anne (Scheldt) Hayes
Lauretta Anne (Scheldt) Hayes was born in Marinette, Wisconsin on October 11, 1919 to Henry and Mary Euphrasia (McFarlane) Scheldt. Her father was a first-generation Danish-American and her mother's Dutch ancestors (Van Doren) settled New Amsterdam on Manhattan Island in the 1650's and served in both the American Revolution and the Civil War. In 1920 Lauretta's family moved to Everett, Washington, where she graduated from high school. She spent one year at college in Bellingham, before the depression forced her to take full time employment to help maintain the family. While at college pursuing a degree in education she was active in theater and played on the tennis team. In 1942, Lauretta married Gerald Mark Hayes, an Irish Catholic airman, after a brief courtship. Her Protestant family, sure the union would not last, did not attend the ceremony. Jerry and Lauretta celebrated their 56th year of marriage before Jerry passed away in 1999. Jerry's career as an officer in the U.S. Air Force took the couple from Washington to Texas, to Oregon, to California, to Japan, to Ohio, back to California and finally to Utah. By their 30th anniversary they had moved 30 times. Jerry retired as a Lt. Colonel in 1962 and the family settled in Salt Lake City. When the youngest of their seven children flew the nest they bought a Winnebago and drove around the country for a couple of years, spending some time managing RV parks in Utah and Arizona. When they decided to settle down, they moved to be near their oldest son in Twin Falls, Idaho. While in Twin Falls they owned and operated the Nutrition Shoppe. Later they moved to Whitefish, Montana to be closer to two daughters who lived there. After Jerry's death in 1999, Lauretta moved to Medford, Oregon to be closer to her youngest daughter. She lived at Waterford Three Fountains from June of 2000 until her death on April 30, 2006. In her younger years Lauretta like to garden. In her later years she liked to play cards and she could still beat her kids at gin rummy just days before her passing.
She is survived by her seven children and their spouses, Kathie and Richard Payton of Mariposa, California; Sharon Hayes of Madison, Wisconsin; Kevin Hayes of Salt Lake City, Utah; Karen (KC) Zwisler of Whitefish, Montana; Loren Hayes of Billings, Montana; Melia and Michael Biedscheid of Gold Hill, Oregon; and Mary Nan Hayes of Hayward, California. Also surviving are eleven grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Her six older siblings, who called her "Babe," preceded her to the other side. We who must wait to see her again will miss her stunning blue eyes and her lilting laugh. We are grateful for the traits of courage, loyalty, and humor she passed on to us. There will be a family memorial service. In lieu of flowers please make a contribution to your local hospice organization.