Mary Jane Hayden of Loveland Colorado passed away on December 1st due to age related conditions. Born on July 30, 1922, in Windsor, daughter of James and Esther Woolf, she was a member of the Namaqua Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, descended from Henry Wolfe, SC, CAV. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband Willard Charles Hayden and by her sister Ruth Wyland. She is survived by her brother Robert Woolf, her daughter Ginny Hayden, her son Guy Hayden and his wife Connie, and her daughter Judy Klein, her husband Ron, and Judy's children Peter and Julianna. She remained close to her nieces, nephews, cousins, and many friends. Mary Jane grew up in Norman Rockwell-esque Timnath with its old-time General Store, whistle stop, and her father's pickle station. She and her future husband, Bill, met while the two were employed by the Great Depression-era Conservation Corps in Estes Park. They married during the war while he was on leave from the Army Corps of Engineers. Mary Jane attained a Masters Degree in Education and became a high school teacher. She loved hosting events, was an inspiring public speaker, and was very active in politics and charities including: the Loveland Community Kitchen, the House of Neighborly Service, Alternatives to Violence, Church Women United, the Jane Jeffersons, and the Recycled Janes. She was avidly interested in many arts and crafts ranging from crocheting, and fly-tying to ceramics and painting. An accomplished world traveler, an African safari was one of the few items remaining on her bucket list. She had a special love for Hawaii. At various times she lived in Denver; Colorado Springs; Idaho Falls, Idaho; Loveland, and lately Good Samaritan Village of Loveland. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Loveland where a brief service will be conducted on Wednesday, December 5th at 3:00 PM. Her ashes will be interred next to her husband at Fort Logan National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, those who wish to are encouraged to make a commemorative donation in Mary Jane's name to First United Methodist Church, Loveland Community Kitchen, or Larimer Humane Society, in care of Kibbey-Fishburn Funeral Home, 1102 Lincoln Ave., Loveland, 80537.
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Published in Loveland Reporter-Herald on Dec. 3, 2012