Alpharetta, Ga. -
Dolores I. Martin Hayes, or "Dee," of Alpharetta, Georgia, passed away the evening of August 2, 2016, surrounded by family. Born in Madawaska, Maine, on May 27, 1935, to Denis and Alphonsine Martin, Dee was the youngest of fifteen children.
She grew up in Madawaska, graduated from Madawaska High School and attended nursing school in 1957 at Mercy Hospital in Portland, Maine. Her nursing career spanned 25 years with a hiatus of 18 years to be a full-time mother. She practiced nursing in Portland, ME., New York City, Lowell, MA., and Iowa City before retiring from nursing at South Austin Medical Center. As a nurse and mother, she was able to show her compassion and caring for people both in her work and in the multitude of ways she was able to listen and be there for friends and family. She was married on August 29, 1959, to Eugene M. Hayes from Boston, Massachusetts. They spent the first twenty years of their marriage raising their five children in the New England area. No matter where they lived, Dee connected with many people who she considered to be friends who then became family. She considered her family and friends to be the greatest joy in her life. The welcoming environment Dee created allowed many friends and even strangers to feel as though they were an integral part of her family and life. Dee was an artist, who demonstrated her talents through playing the piano, painting, and pastel portraits. She spent holiday seasons making intricate decorations for friends and family. She enjoyed knitting and created many pieces that friends and family continue to wear today. Always in the garden, Dolores cultivated beautiful flowers along with friendships. An avid crossword puzzler, Dee amazed her grandkids with her ability to complete the New York Times crossword, in pen - without cheating - every day. Central to everything that motivated Dolores' life was her unwavering faith in God. A lifelong Catholic, Dolores prayed and read daily devotions written by her favorite saints.
She is survived by her husband of 57 years, Eugene Hayes; her five children and their spouses, Linda Clinton, Susie and Jim Newton, Michael and Gail Hayes, Matt and Tina Hayes, Julia Hayes and Matt Layton; her fourteen grandchildren, Mary Clinton, Melanie Clinton, Matthew Clinton, Scott Newton, Greg Newton, Alex Horn, Hannah Horn, Mia Ellison, Lily Hayes, Mikaela Hayes, Jonah Hayes, Reo Layton, Aria Layton and Rianna Layton; her two great-grandchildren, Weston and Waylon Hemmie; and her two brothers, Normand and Raynald Martin.
A memorial Mass will be held at Saint Mary's Catholic Church in Bangor, on Sunday September 18, 2016, at 8:30 in the morning. Memorial contributions may be made online or by post to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.