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In Memory of

Dorothy H. Hayes

May 26, 1928 - November 24, 2016

Obituary


Dorothy Helen Darden Hayes passed away peacefully on Thanksgiving morning, Thursday, November 24, 2016. Dorothy was born in San Antonio, Texas, on May 26, 1928. She was a daughter, a sister, a proud military wife, a wonderful mother to five children, Aunt Dottie to her nieces and nephew, and Me-Ma to 11 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. In her 88 years, Dorothy touched many lives and easily made an imprint on the hearts of those who knew her.

Dorothy spent her early years in San Antonio with her parents and younger sister. She...

Dorothy Helen Darden Hayes passed away peacefully on Thanksgiving morning, Thursday, November 24, 2016. Dorothy was born in San Antonio, Texas, on May 26, 1928. She was a daughter, a sister, a proud military wife, a wonderful mother to five children, Aunt Dottie to her nieces and nephew, and Me-Ma to 11 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. In her 88 years, Dorothy touched many lives and easily made an imprint on the hearts of those who knew her.

Dorothy spent her early years in San Antonio with her parents and younger sister. She graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School in 1945, and married her beloved husband, George, in 1949. Dorothy's main role in life was wife and mother and she loved the travel and diversity that came with military life. Texas was home, but over many years Dorothy lived with her family in Germany, Okinawa, and Alaska. She was active in the NCO Wives Club, serving on the board of the Fort Hood chapter and an active member of the American Red Cross Fort Hood chapter. Upon her husband's retirement to Austin in the mid 1970's, Dorothy went to work for the Austin Independent School District and later the Internal Revenue Service. Following her own retirement, she spent many years volunteering in the Linder Elementary School library and continued her love of travel both inside and outside the United States. Both of these endeavors fit perfectly with her unquenchable love of reading and her deep interest in history.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband, George E. Hayes, parents John and Helen Darden, and sister and brother-in-law Marjorie "Mickey" and Frank Hogan.

She is survived by her son, James Hayes and his wife Cheri Marshall Hayes of Austin, daughter Sharon Eggenberger of San Angelo, daughter Janet Holder and her husband Buddy Holder, and daughters Robin Hayes and Kimberly Hayes all of Austin; her grandchildren Josh Hayes, Doug and Rebecca Hayes, Corey Eggenberger, Evan and Leona Eggenberger, Jon and Stephanie Holder, Nick and Jade Holder, Brett Eggenberger, Katie Hayes, Anthony Holder and fiance Kimberley Lane, Melanie Holder, and Sarah Finch; and her great grandchildren Claire Hayes, Mason Hayes, Madilyn Hayes, Grayson Finch, Seeley Holder, Willa Eggenberger, and Wrenlyn Holder.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (heroes.vfw.org), an organization to which Dorothy often contributed over the years or the Texas Veterinary Medical Foundation (https://tvma.azurewebsites.net/Affiliates/TVMF/Memorial-Gift-Program) which is dedicated to ensuring the health and welfare of animals throughout Texas, and is tied to her love of animals.