Gail Morton Hayes, born November 28, 1940 in Montague, MA..,
the daughter of the late Lillian E. Hayes and Frederick J. Hayes, died
peacefully in her sleep on 8 November 2014.
educated in So. Deerfield schools having
graduated from Frontier Regional High. She also attended the Massachusetts
College of Art with a BFA, the University
of California Extension, and Westfield
State College and took several courses at the University
of Massachusetts and the Greenfield Community College.
traveling extensively throughout Europe, Gail accepted positions as an art
teacher for grades K-6th in the Northampton and Montague public school
systems. She later worked for a short time at Historic Deerfield, Inc. and for
several years at the University
of Massachusetts in the
offices of Planning and Budget and Research and Planning.
extremely involved in art activities throughout her life and, as an avid
artist, was a member of the Deerfield Art Society. She had many artistic
talents to include oil painting, water colors, ceramics, stained glass,
designing antique kitchen items, designing and painting wooden birds, to
mention only a few. Gail was also an active member of the Congregational Church
of South Deerfield where she participated in the suppers and craft fairs. She
also was a member of the choir for several years. Gail was an avid reader,
thoroughly enjoyed going to concerts, especially country and western, taking
side trips to such places as Boston, Cape Cod and Rhode Island, and to
traveling Ireland, Italy, El Salvador
and Jamaica. Gail also thoroughly enjoyed going to the movies and out to dinner
with family and friends. Gail was also a volunteer at the Rockridge Retirement
Home, the Food Pantry, and Habitat for Humanity, and Meals on Wheels.
survived by her sister Frieda P. Omasta, of South Riding, VA.;: two nephews,
Jason Hayes Omasta of North Hatfield, and Martin M. Omasta of Colorado Springs,
CO.; her brother-in-law Robert J. Omasta and several cousins who reside in
Amherst, South Hadley, Ware, and Walpole, MA., New York and Florida.
hours at the Wrisley Funeral Home, Sugarloaf St. , South Deerfield will be held Friday, Nov.14th, from
5-7PM. Funeral Services will be held Saturday at 10:00AM in the First
Congregational Church, South Deerfield followed by burial in Mill River
Donations in Gail’s memory may be made to the First Congregational
Church, North Main Street, South Deerfield, Mass. 01373
Expressions of Sympathy are available at: www.wrisleyfuneralhome.com