Donna "Donnie" Jean Hayes passed away on October 19, 2013. She was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother and friend. Yet, she was also much more than this, she was an outstanding Algebra teacher, mentor, lifetime student, master jigsaw and crossword puzzler, lifelong tutor and inspiration. She began her journey on March 15, 1927 in Marshaltown, Iowa. As a child, Donnie enjoyed school, reading, sewing, cooking, climbing trees and was an excellent student. In 1945, she graduated from High School with honors and achieved a full ride scholarship to the University of Iowa. In 1947, she married Harold V. Hayes while attending college. The year she graduated from the University of Iowa in 1949, she was asked by the Head of the Biology Dept. to stay on and be his assistant to do research with him. She decided not to stay but always wondered if that was her wisest decision. Instead, she went on to teach, living in Iowa teaching Science and Biology to seventh and eighth graders for five years. In 1955, they moved to Denver, CO. Donnie taught in the Jefferson County School District 28 years. She was originally asked to teach Advanced Algebra until the math teacher shortage was over, but that never happened. So she taught ninth graders for seventeen years in Wheatridge and eleven years in Arvada. Donnie and Hal originally lived in Denver and moved to Loveland in 1957. They built Donnie's dream house on Horsheshoe Lake, which was a beautiful small red brick Colonial ranch which she selected and designed. She always wanted to live on water and loved the views and wildlife on the lake as the seasons changed from year to year. In 1970, Donnie's husband Hal passed away. She continued to teach and commute to Denver. In 1981, Donnie was the on-going Treasurer for the Horseshoe Yacht Club. That year, she met a new Board Member Bob Eggspuehler and they became good friends. Donnie took great pride and was an excellent treasurer for the club. She was extremely proud to have collaborated with Bob to purchase for the club the Horseshoe Yacht Club ramp area property in 1982. This made it possible for all members to launch their boats. As time went by Donnie became a sort of adoptive mom/grandmother to Bob and his ever growing family of two girls and a boy. Over the years, Donnie became a mom, grandmother, teacher, and confidant to Bob and his family. This became very apparent after Bob's real mom died in 1979, and Donnie would comment, "being your mom is the perfect fit." Her passions in life always centered on numbers and puzzles. She was an avid reader of several newspapers and always had a 1000 advanced jigsaw puzzle strewn out on her large dining table often completed in a week or two. She loved doing the New York Times cross-word puzzles and only in pen. In the last few years of still living at home she was hooked on Wuzzle puzzles from the newspaper and would ponder them until she had the correct answer. Donnie's talents were diverse a fabulous cook, great gardener, supportive friend, and neighbor. Her sarcastic, quick wit and insights into life will be greatly missed. She is survived by her adopted son, Bob Eggspuehler, his wife, Sue Eggspuehler, grown grandchildren Jeni Stiverson and husband Skylar and one great grandchild Sierra Hope Stiverson, of Castle Rock, CO, granddaughter Michelle Eggspuehler of Loveland, CO and grandson, Rob Eggspuehler of Lakewood, CO. Graveside Memorial Services will be held 11:00 am Friday at Resthaven Memory Gardens. Family and friends can view the online obituary and sign the guestbook at www.resthavencolorado.com.
Published in Loveland Reporter-Herald on Oct. 23, 2013