Marjorie Elmore Hayes

Marjorie Elmore Hayes, age 85, died peacefully at home in Mayfield with her husband of 64 years by her side on Monday, November 23, 2015.

Marjorie was born December 16, 1929, in Palatine Bridge, N.Y., the daughter and oldest child of Leona Slater Elmore and Clarence Elmore.

Marjorie graduated from Canajoharie High School in 1948. She later married the love of her life, R. Seymour Hayes, on July 7, 1951, while he was in the United States Navy, stationed in Charleston, S.C. They lived in Charleston for a short time, eventually settling in Fultonville, N.Y., where they raised their seven children. For a great portion of her time in Fultonville, she lived in “the big yellow house on Riverside Drive.”

Marjorie enjoyed spending time with her family, crocheting, watching polka every Tuesday night and playing cards. She and Seymour were able to winter in Florida for 17 years, enjoying the sunshine, shopping at the flea markets, and having family visit. While in Florida, Marjorie was a proud member of the Red Hat Society. When her children were growing up, she helped with 4-H, Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts. It was a busy but joyful time for her. Once her children were grown, she worked at Premier Glove and later Johnstown Knitting Mill.

Marjorie was an active member of the Saving Grace Baptist Church in Fonda, N.Y. She enjoyed listening to Pastor Peters and later Pastor Prime, and she especially loved the hymn “The Old Rugged Cross.” She will be missed by her church family.

Marjorie is survived by her husband of 64 years, R. Seymour, and her seven children, Gregory (Patricia) Hayes of Gloversville, Robert Jr. (Teresa) Hayes of Amsterdam, Diana (Joseph Jr.) Giardino of Fonda, Larry Hayes of Lynchburg, Virginia, Brenda Dufel of Amsterdam, Kathleen (Michael Coon) Broderick of Amsterdam and Doreen (James) Caputo of Johnstown. She is also survived by her 15 grandchildren, Jillian (Shawn) Slade, Gregory Hayes, Robert Hayes III, Christopher Hayes, Joylyn (Matt) Bloom, Joseph (Michelle) Giardino III, Nathan (Anna) Hayes, Ryan (Christina) Hayes, Derek Hayes, Corey (Catherine) Williams, Patrick (Jennifer) Williams, Heather Williams, Alaina (Rich Bauer) Broderick, AJ (Emalee) Broderick, and Adam Caputo. Lastly, she is survived by her great-grandchildren who lit up her days with happiness, Makayla, Trenton and Aubree Slade, Madison and Anderson Giardino, Matthew Bloom, Troy Hayes, Zoey Hayes, Caroline Williams. Marjorie is also survived by her sister, Patricia Smith of Mesa, Arizona; and her two brothers, Douglas (Pat) Elmore of Largo, Florida and Dennis (Linda) Elmore of Gloversville. She is also survived by cousins, nieces and nephews, brothers and sisters-in-law and countless friends.

Marjorie was predeceased by her parents and her two sisters, Carolyn Albrecht and Rena Horton.

Calling hours will be on Friday, Nov. 27, 2015, at Jackson & Betz Funeral Home, 15 Main St., Fultonville, from 6 to 8 p.m. On Saturday, Nov. 28, 2015, there will be a calling hour from noon to 1 p.m. followed by her funeral, conducted by Pastor Prime at Saving Grace Baptist Church, Route 30A, Fonda. Burial will follow at Maple Avenue Cemetery, Fultonville.

In lieu of flowers, it was Marjorie’s wish that donations be made to Saving Grace Baptist Church. Online condolences may be made at

The family would like to thank her recent caregivers, Helen and Melissa from Angie’s Angels, allowing her to stay in her home.