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HAYES, Bernice T. BERNICE (BERNIE) T. HAYES Surrounded by family, Bernice (Bernie) T. Hayes, 74, of Alpharetta GA, passed away on Wednesday, June 6, 2012, at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX, after losing a valiant battle with lung cancer. Graceful and devoted to her last breath, Bernie was grateful for every minute spent with her children and grandchildren. On her final day, she was ready to be with her Heavenly Father and reunite with her family who went before her. Preceded in death by her sister Marian and her brother Henry, Bernie was the youngest of three children born to the late Henry and Mary Octave, of Pittsburgh, PA., on September 20, 1937, in Lancaster, Ohio. She graduated from Peabody High School with honors and attended Sacred Heart University. For over three decades, Bernie was a prominent real estate agent and member of the Atlanta Board of Realtors. With 34 years in the Multiple-Million Dollar Sales Club, Bernie left her mark on the real estate community. For her efforts and expertise, she was honored with Atlanta's highest real estate awards the Phoenix, Crystal Phoenix, Silver Phoenix, and Gold Phoenix. Throughout the years, she received the Top Agent Award, the Gold Circle Award, Communities 110 Agent, and Top Twenty New Homes Agent a number of times. Bernie's family and friends meant everything to her and no holiday was complete unless everyone was together. She is loved and survived by her five children: Michelle Hayes, of Charleston SC, Dr. Maureen Hayes-Cortiella, of Galveston, TX, Timothy Hayes, of Charleston, SC, Thomas Hayes, of Charleston, SC, Terence Hayes of Alpharetta, GA; her grandchildren: Timothy Hayes, Christopher Hayes-Cortiella, Madison Hayes, Mary Logan Hayes, Samuel Cortiella, Brett Hardee and Austin Hardee; her son-in-law, Dr. Joaquin Cortiella; her daughters-in-law, Pamela Hayes and Gretchen Hayes, her niece Barbara Ann Octavi; her nephews Frank Piacente, Steven Piacente, Henry Octavi, Joseph Octavi; her great grand-daughter Viviana Cortiella, her great-nieces Jamie Lynn Octavi and Jessica Goddard; her ex-husband and very dear friend Timothy M. Hayes and his wife Beth Hayes; her step-daughter Kim Hayes-Hardee; and her sister-in-law Olga Hayes. Also, her four spoiled and beloved furry-babies: Mac, Squeaky, Fernando, and Marino. She also leaves behind countless friends, too many to name, who she treasured with all her heart. Bernie was loved by so many and had a tender heart of gold. She was always willing to go the extra mile to be with friends and family for special occasions and no celebration was complete without her. She was a Girl Scout leader, team mom, class mom, Cub Scout mom, in PTA, in Junior League. Hers was the house where all the kids wanted to come, eat, and play. For many years, Bernie was active in Black Tie and Serendipity and has dozens of photo albums filled with wonderful memories of trips and special events shared with friends and family. Bernie was an active member of St. Benedict Catholic Church. She was a passionate supporter of numerous animal charities and actively involved in the Republican Party. She loved to golf, read, organize, ski, scuba-dive, and travel. She loved Italy, but hated spaghetti, loved flocked Christmas trees, FOX News, Desperate Housewives, re-runs of Monk, Disney World with her family, hot cups of tea, popcorn, and red licorice. Her very favorite past-time was spending time and traveling with her children and grandchildren. She will be remembered for her big, beautiful blue eyes and contagious smile, making the world's best lasagna, crying during the National Anthem, rescuing countless animals, and as the most extraordinary mother, grandmother, and friend. A memorial mass, officiated by Monsignor Paul A. Flood, will be offered in her memory on Friday, June 22, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Benedict Catholic Church, 11045 Parsons Road, Johns Creek, GA 30097-1769. In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made in honor of Bernie Hayes to Angels Among Us Pet Rescue, Inc. PO Box 821 Alpharetta, GA 30009. http://angelsrescue.org/default.asp
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on June 17, 2012
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