Wrisley Funeral Home
90 Sugarloaf Street, South Deerfield, MA 01373
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Gail Morton Hayes

Calling hours at the Wrisley Funeral Home 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 Cemetery

           Sunderland- 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.

 

           Gail was 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.

             After 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.

 

             Gail was 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.

 

             She is 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.

 

               Calling 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 Cemetery.

 

               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