Edith Wright Hayes age 94, passed away on April 19, 2019 in Newmarket, NH. She was born January, 1925 to Cleo and Elsie (Dick) Wright. She grew up in the Middleton and Danvers area, graduating from Danvers High School. Edie began college but left during war time to work at Sylvania. There she met George Hayes and the two were married in 1948. They resided in North Andover for 43 years before moving to Leesburg, FL. She eventually returned to New England and spent her final years as a resident of The Pines in Newmarket, NH.
Edie was well known in North Andover as one of the first Crossing Guards from 1960 to 1978. Edie and her faithful dog Gretchen were fixtures on Main Street for the Bradstreet School crossing. Her duties also involved crossing the children at Waverly Road and busy Sutton Street. She also managed the town census for many years, traveling door to door in a large area of the town to obtain resident data, and compiling all of the census cards from the other census takers. Edie worked in the office of Hanson Heating for several years.
She had a special interest in wild flowers and established native wild flower gardens in their yard on First Street and at her homes in Leesburg, FL. She was an excellent seamstress, making all sorts of clothing for her family as well as teaching 4-H classes. She also mastered knitting, crochet, embroidery, the piano and gourmet cooking. Edie also taught young children how to swim as an instructor at the YWCA in Lawrence.
At age 15, Edith began her Pen Pal hobby. One of these relationships continued for over 65 years as she and her pen friend in Georgia continued to correspond.
Edith is predeceased by her husband, George Hayes, her brother; Vernon "Buddy" Wright of Beverly, MA and her sister; Mildred Brinkman of South Hadley, MA. Mourning her passing are her daughters Rhonda Draper and husband Ronald Draper of Middleton, MA, Patricia Smith and husband Alan Smith of Rye, NH and her grandson Russell Draper and wife Marina of Worcester, MA.
Services will be private and remembrances can be made in memorial to St. Jude Children's Hospital.
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