Obituary- Bernena ‘Bea’ Hayes |

Obituary- Bernena ‘Bea’ Hayes

A Celebration of Life will take place Saturday, June 9 for Bernena “Bea” Hayes, who died peacefully May 29, 2001, at San Rafael, Calif., with family members at her side. She was 92.

Mrs. Hayes was born Aug. 2, 1908, at Santa Rosa, Calif., where she was raised. She began her teaching career after graduating from San Jose State Teachers College. She married Wallace Hayes in 1931 and moved to Mill Valley, Calif., soon after, where she raised her family. Vacations and fishing trips to the Sierra led to a summer home at South Lake Tahoe, where she eventually retired and lived until two years ago. Most recently she was a resident of The Redwoods at Mill Valley.

Mrs. Hayes had a zeal for life. Her interests included nature, hiking, skiing, gardening and traveling, especially to Hawaii. She was a professional seamstress and an avid reader and bridge player. She was a good friend to many, whom she loved and cherished throughout her long and adventurous life.

Survivors include son and daughter-in-law, Arleigh and Diane Hayes of San Jose; daughters and sons-in-law, Janet and Harold Oyen of Mill Valley, Nancy and Mark Svennungsen of Whitefish, Mont., and Carole and Art Read of Healdsburg, Calif.; sister, Fredella Levey of Healdsburg; sister-in-law, Gertrude Johnson of Stockton, Calif.; grandchildren, Adam Hayes, Erik and Reidar Oyen, Kirk Godtfredsen, Kari Schein, Alice Read and Derek Svennungsen; great-grandchildren, Hayley, Elsa B. Kayla and Zoe; and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by grandson, Karl Oyen.

Friends and family are invited to a Celebration of Life at 2 p.m. June 9 at The Redwoods, 40 Camino Alto, Mill Valley. Contributions in her memory may be made to the Tahoe Rim Trail Association, P.O. Box 4647, Stateline, NV 89449 or to a favorite charity.

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