Hays, Maxine Nedette

February 12, 1918 to May 24, 2012

Maxine Nedette Hays was the first of four children born to Estella and Clair Shepard on a family farm near Huron, South Dakota. Following high school, she moved to Washington D.C. to work for the Federal Government. At the end of WWII, Maxine relocated to Anaheim, California where she enjoyed a 30-year career at Hunt-Wesson Foods. Maxine continued to work after retirement as Secretary and Treasurer for The First Congregational Church of Anaheim for 20 more years. Eventually she retired a second time, but the church remained a vital and important part of her life.

Maxine then embarked on an adventurous program of world travel that included trips to Europe, the Philippines, Scandinavia, Russia, Hawaii, South America, and most recently Africa. Maxine died on a local plane flight within Tanzania on Thursday, May 24th. She was 94 years old. In the last seven days of her life, she went on a photo safari in the Serengeti National Park and visited the Great Pyramids of Giza. Even at her death, as in the rest of her life, Maxine was an inspiration, living every moment to its fullest.

Maxine was a life long sports fan and avid supporter of the Anaheim Angels and the Los Angeles Lakers. She was an active member of the "Red Hat Ladies", along with her three dear friends; Janette Thomas, Frances Carle and Mary Castillo. She also participated in the Hunt-Wesson Foods Retired Employees Association. Maxine was a loving and deeply loved member of her large extended family. Her brother Willis Shepard survives her, but not her sister Hazel Walsh and brother Herbert Shepard who predeceased her. Seven nieces and nephews, 13 great nieces and nephews, 15 great great nieces and nephews, and one great great great nephew also survive Maxine. She is further remembered by dozens of devoted friends who knew her as the kindest, most positive and loving person they'd ever met.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 AM for Maxine Nedette Hays on Saturday, June 16, 2012 at The First Congregational Church located at 515 S. State College Blvd., Anaheim, CA 92806. A lunch reception will follow the service. In lieu of flowers, please make gifts to The First Congregational Church of Anaheim in memory of Maxine.

Published by Orange County Register on Jun. 10, 2012.
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Maxine has been one of the greatest neighbors to have! I've known her all my life, she showed me many things throw life from gardening, life lessons, she always had an ear for listening. Taught my brother Allen and I all about raising roses her roses. It was always wonderful to watch a game with her and then talk with her after words. I learn about basketball from her as a young kid. As I got older and the other "kids" on the street did to we realized she was the kind of neighbor we'd all like to have as a neighbor when we grew up. I thank you Maxine for all the wonderful memories you have given to me and my family.

Mary,Les,Dale,Allen may they Rest in Peace with you!
God Bless you and your family!
Myles,Lil Myles and Molly Siglin
June 14, 2012
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