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December 07, 2011

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Helen Virginia Hayes, born February 22, 1930 to the late Robert and Lottie Hartwell, the eighth of 10 children, departed this life from her home to join God's heavenly choir on November 26, 2011.

A devoted wife for 33 years to the late James Hayes, she leaves to cherish her memory four children: Lorraine Smalls (late Robert Stewart and Leroy) of Augusta, GA; Dudley Hayes (Gail) of East Hampton, NY; Bonnie Williams (Arthur) of East Hampton, NY; and, Denise Parker (Robert) of Piscataway, NJ; one granddaughter, four grandsons and four great-grandchildren. She is also survived by three sisters: Lucy West, Bertha Hopson (William), and Marie Gaines (David), a host of in-laws, nieces and nephews, dear friends, and beloved church family.

Helen was baptized at the First Baptist Church, Bridgehampton, NY at 16 years old. She was a charter member of Calvary Baptist Church, East Hampton, NY when it was established in 1954 and remained an active member. From the time the church began she sang in the choir. Singing was what she loved. She faithfully traveled with the pastor and choir to sing and enjoy fellowship with other churches.

An East Hampton High School graduate, she was active in the community and a hard worker her entire life. She was a Girl Scout and Cub Scout leader and loved to participate in activities involving East Hampton's children. She did housekeeping for a number of years but was best known for working at East Hampton High School for 13 years before accepting a position at the elementary school. It was from that position she retired in December 2000.

Nothing was more important than family to Helen Hayes. She loved her nieces and nephews like her own, as well as the children of her friends. She supported her extended family in everything they did. She could be found at speaking engagements, concerts, and plays in New York City. She often agreed to chaperone youth trips. She loved the trips with her sisters, never missed a wedding, and visited relatives wherever they were located.

She will be remembered for hosting the annual Beach Party for family and friends at Maidstone Beach each July for the last 25 years. It was her way of making sure the family had the opportunity to see one another and remember those who had passed away. It was also an opportunity to feed people, and that was another thing Helen Hayes loved to do.

She was curious to see all the wonderful places she had heard about, so traveling was something she did as often as could be arranged. She has traveled from coast to coast in the United States. She took a trip to Ghana and Senegal, Africa in 1995, a cruise to Alaska, and several cruises to the Bahamas.

Helen Hayes lived her life to the fullest while eagerly extending a helping hand to those in need. She loved God and expressed His love in her singing and through the kindness and generosity she showered upon others. She will be missed but never forgotten.

The following services were held in the Calvary Baptist Church, 60 Spinner Lane, East Hampton.

Visiting services were held on on Friday and a memorial service on Saturday. Interment followed2-7 in the Cedar Lawn Cemetery. The family suggests that memorials may be made to East End Hospice or The Lustgarten Foundation or the charity of one's choice.


Felicia Hogan of 64 Wireless Road, East Hampton died Sunday at the Hampton Care Center. Mass of Christian Burial will take place at 10 AM tomorrow at the Most Holy Trinity with interment at Most Holy Trinity Cemetery.

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