Mabel Cyrus Hayes, 90, of Buffalo, was granted her wish Thursday morning, June 19, 2014, at Lake Ridge Care Center in Buffalo, to leave her broken earthly body behind and enter the Lord’s kingdom.
She was born Sept. 19, 1923, in Howard Lake, where she grew up on the family farm.
Mabel graduated with honors from Howard Lake High School in 1941, and moved to Minneapolis, where she resided until marrying Jack Hayes in September 1945.
Her early married life was spent in Monticello, where she gave birth to two glorious sons. The family later moved to Buffalo, where she helped husband Jack operate the Hayes Insurance Agency, located on Highway 55.
She had worked at various jobs throughout her life, but excelled as the ultimate homemaker and matriarch.
Mabel loved to garden, read, and played Scrabble right up to the end of her life.
When Jack died in 1983, she began a new chapter in her life, moving to a little house in a wonderful neighborhood in Buffalo. There, she continued to pursue her hobbies, make more friends, and enjoy family get-togethers.
Mabel lived fiercely independently up to her 90th birthday, and touched many lives, demonstrating daily her absolute faith and belief. She was a smart, proud, and dignified lady who left this world the same way she lived it.
If you live to be 90, a lot of people precede you in death.
Mabel is survived by her sons, Tom (Lauri) Hayes of Buffalo, and Bill (Dorothy) Hayes of Robbinsdale; granddaughters Sayward and Keira Hayes; grandsons Jack and Kyle Hayes; sister Etta (Don) Hayes of Montrose; sister-in-law and lifelong friend Carol (Marv) Hayes of Howard Lake; brother-in-law Frank Hayes of Winsted; numerous nieces, nephews, and extended family members; and a host of friends and acquaintances whom she treasured throughout her life.
These folks and many others will miss Mabel dearly, but will always find comfort remembering how she lived her life, and more importantly, how she anticipated her death.
Funeral services took place Monday, June 23, at 11 a.m. at the Lake Ridge Care Center Chapel, with visitation one hour prior to the services.
Casket bearers were Craig, Pete, Tim, Jeff, Jack, and Kyle Hayes.
The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo handled the arrangements.