Mary Clark Hayes, 77, of Ogden, once couldn't decide whether to be a chef or a musician. Her family, friends and many piano students have been glad she chose music.
Mrs. Hayes who died February 20, 1991 in her home after a lingering illness, was born June 22, 1913 in Portage, Utah to Ernest E. and Adelaide Kent Clark. Raised in Brigham City, she was a graduate of Box Elder High School. She received her bachelors and masters degrees from Brigham Young University, 1934-35.She married Sheldon Phipps Hayes, PhD, September 4, 1935 in the Logan LDS Temple. After living in Richfield, Utah and Thatcher, Arizona, they resided in Ogden where Dr. Hayes taught at Weber State University for 43 years. They celebrated 53 years of marriage. Dr. Hayes died, April 10, 1988.
Mrs. Hayes' lifelong career of singing and piano included high school and college performances, community programs, church service and over 60 years of teaching piano and voice. Although she received fine classical training, her ability to play piano by ear also brought much pleasure to family, friends and audiences. She could play any song she had ever heard. Mrs. Hayes had been accredited as a piano instructor at Weber State College.
Learning was a lifetime pursuit for Mrs. Hayes. She studied anything from cakemaking and baseball to the Civil War or math for periods of one to ten years. Her hobbies included needlepoint, gardening, flower arranging, art, cooking, collecting quotes from her reading and memorabilia for scrapbooks, sports and writing essays and letters. She enjoyed her bridge club and devoted much time to assembling family histories, journals and letters.
At the time of her death, Mrs. Hayes was Chaplain of the Golden Spike Chapter of Daughters of American Revolution. She was a charter member of the Ogden Chapter of the Utah Music Teachers Association and a past president of the Weber College Faculty Women's Association. She had been a member of the Utah League of Women Voters, also the Ogden Business and Professional Women's Club. She belonged to the same book club for more than 20 years.
Mrs. Hayes was a member of the Mount Ogden Ward, where she was director of the Relief Society Chorus for ten years and Relief Society Cultural Refinement Leader for 12 years. She had served in the Young Women's Mutual Improvement Association and as a board member of the East Ogden Stake Sunday School.
Mrs. Hayes is survived by her daughters, Lorilee Hayes Beazer and Keira Hayes Wright; her brothers, Eugene E. Clark, J. Kent Clark; her sisters, Elinor Clark Swenson, Louise Clark Richter; her son-in-law, Sherman L. Beazer; and her three grandchildren, Mary Katherine Beazer, Alynne Beazer and Quintin Hayes Beazer.
Services will be held Monday, February 25, 11 a.m. in the Mount Ogden Ward Chapel, Tyler Avenue and 27th Street, Ogden. A viewing will be held Sunday, February 24, 6-8 p.m. at Myers Mortuary, 845 Washington Blvd in Ogden, and 10-10:45 a.m. Monday, prior to services at the church. Interment: Provo, Utah Cemetery.
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