Shirley A. Hayes, age 76, of Delano, passed away Friday, June 3, 2016.
She was born July 26, 1939, in Watertown, to Ambrose and Leona (Dalbec) Yantes.
In high school, Shirley was voted biggest flirt, most athletic, and class comedian. She was crowned prom queen, along with her boyfriend at the time, Kevin Hayes as the king, in 1957.
Shirley was a dedicated fundraiser for the Relay for Life in Delano for more than 15 years. She was an avid fisherman with her husband, Kevin, taking many trips to Lake Winnie and Minnewaska.
Shirley was known as Grandma Chestnut to her grandchildren, because of all the chestnuts they collected each fall at Saint Pete’s cemetery.
Shirley was very proud of her 37 years of sobriety, and so was her family.
Her outgoing personality has been passed along to many of her family.
She was a loving daughter, sister, wife, mother, and grandmother, enjoyed putting a smile on your face, and made many friends along the way throughout her life.
Shirley was preceded in death by her loving husband, Kevin; and mother, Leona Yantes.
Shirley’s father, Ambrose, passed away Sunday, June 12, 2016.
She is survived by children Jim (Cindy), Jody (Mike) Kramer, and Scott (Carrie); grandchildren Kevin, Annie and Joe, Karissa, Katie, Kelsey and Kayla, Alli, Andrew and Nicholas; great-grandchildren Avery, Cole, William and Makaela; and brothers Ralph (Jeanne) Yantes, Stan (Barb) Yantes, and Gary (Sharon) Yantes.
Mass of Christian Burial for both Shirley and Ambrose took place Thursday, June 16 at 11 a.m. at St. Peter Catholic Church in Delano.
Visitation was Thursday, June 16 from 9 to 11 a.m. in Martha’s Hall of St. Peter Catholic Church.
Interment was in Calvary Cemetery in Delano.
Arrangements were by the Iten Funeral Home in Delano.