ALICE HAYES - NEWPORT - Alice Hayes died peacefully at home on Dec. 17, 2012. Alice was born Aug. 5, 1925, in Hartford, Conn., daughter of Oscar and Freda (Peterson) Benson. She graduated from William Hall High School and worked at the Probate Court in Hartford, Conn. In 1950, she married Mark John Hayes and moved to Enosburg Falls. Alice and John were blessed with six children. They moved their family to Newport in 1971 upon establishing Hayes Ford. She is survived by her children and their families, Mark and Eva of Newport, Michael and Ivette of Maryland, Ann and Bill McGurn of Colorado, Susan of California, Mary Beth and David Mooney of Colchester, and Peter and Diana of California. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Brock, Bryant and Sarah Hayes, Kit and Molly McGurn, Liz, Kyla and Liam Mooney, Zach, Meagan and McKeena Hayes. Alice enjoyed an abundance of friendship and made friends wherever she went. She was predeceased by her husband, John; and her brother and sisters. Alice was a well- respected and active member of both the Enosburg and Newport communities. She served on numerous boards and supported many charitable and community organizations. A gift to your favorite charitable organization in Alice's memory would be a fitting tribute in lieu of flowers. A party, at her request, to celebrate her life will be announced in the spring. Online condolences may be sent to the family through the funeral home website at Arrangements are entrusted to the care of Curtis-Britch-Converse-Rushford Funeral Home, locally family owned and operated.

Published in The Burlington Free Press on Jan. 1, 2013