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Date of Birth August 02, 1939

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Date of Passing January 22, 2016

Charlene Ann Hayes

from West valley city, Utah, United States

1939 ~ 2016Charlene Ann Hayes fought a valiant battle with Lewy Body dementia but unfortunately succumbed to the disease on October 22, 2016. She left us much as she lived, without fanfare but enveloped by the love of her family.She was born on August 2, 1939, in Salt Lake City, Utah, to Charles A. Barnes and Opal Hallett Barnes, the youngest of five children. At West High School, she was in Pep Club and the school choir and took business classes.On September 10, 1956, she married Dale Hayes and went to work full-time, earning her high school diploma through night classes in June of 1957. They had their first child, Curtis, in late 1957. Cynthia was born in July 1959 and Corinne rounded out the family in September 1962. By that time, they lived in New Mexico, a state that would repeatedly woo them back.Charlene was always a hard worker, starting with an after-school job while she was in school. She would have many jobs, most of them in accounting, as the family relocated to support her husband's career and later to care for her ailing parents. Among her employers were Sperry Univac, Raytheon Company and Hughes Aircraft Company.She was bright, big-hearted and never feared adventure, happily taking camping trips or long drives with Dale and the kids to explore the great outdoors. That spirit of adventure led them in the late 1960s to live with their young family for two years in the Philippines, where Dale had accepted a job. While they were there, she earned her accounting credentials with LaSalle Extension University. On the way home, they visited Hong Kong, Japan and Hawaii.She was resilient, flexible and determined, doing what she needed to do to accomplish family goals. She was active in scouting as a den mother, assisted in coaching with the baseball, softball, & basketball teams. At one point, she lived on campus with her two daughters, while she finished her business degree at New Mexico State University, returning home to see Dale and Curtis on weekends. When her son had a serious accident, she stayed home with him and Cori while Dale and Cindy went ahead for work in Fort Worth, Texas. Dale describes her as "unselfish" because she always put her family first, including moving back to Utah when her mother became ill and her father needed help caring for her.Charlene and Dale opened their own business, selling trophies and ribbons, in 1981, while she also worked an accounting job and helped care for her parents. She lost her mom that year and her father the next year.Their trophy business took off and they moved several times to bigger and better locations, and then expanded into the wholesale business. When Charlene needed open-heart surgery in 1994 to replace a valve, Dale closed the retail business. They never reopened it, choosing instead to reduce their hours and enjoy life more. They retired to Silver City, New Mexico in 1999, where she opened a small trophy business she could run part-time, while indulging her passion for family genealogy. She also loved her three dogs and collected both owls and friends.Charlene is survived by her husband of Silver City, N.M. and Layton, Utah, son Curtis Hayes (Erika) of Gallup, N.M., and her daughters Cynthia Lundy (Brian) of Salt Lake City, Utah, and Corinne Greenwood (Chuck) of Layton, Utah; as well as grandchildren Christopher (Jen) Greenwood, Carson Greenwood, Cedric Hayes, Holly Hayes, Kiera Lundy, Ryan Lundy and Cameron Lundy. She is preceded in death by her parents and siblings Alvin, Jerry, Darlene and Marian. We love you mom and will miss your big heart and beautiful blue eyes. The family would like to thank Lois Collins & Mary Lynne Newell for all your love & support during this difficult time. We would also like to thank the caring staff at Fairfield Village in Layton. Funeral services will be held at Valley View Funeral Home, 4335 West 4100 South West Valley City, Utah, on Thursday, October 27, 2016 at 3:00 p.m. Friends may visit from 1:30 to 2:30 prior to the services.
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