Virginia Ida (Lavender) Hayes

Virginia Hayes

Virginia Ida (Lavender) Hayes, age 87 years, of Amsterdam, N.Y., died peacefully June 12, 2017. She was born Jan. 16, 1930, in Amsterdam, N.Y., and was the daughter of the late John and Rubina (Sutton) Lavender.

Relatives and friends are invited to call at the Betz, Rossi & Bellinger Family Funeral Home, 171 Guy Park Ave., Amsterdam, N.Y. 12010, on Monday, June 19, 2017, from 5 to 8 p.m. with a funeral service at the funeral home Tuesday, June 20, 2017, at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Fr. John Califano, pastor of St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, with a burial to follow in the family plot of the Green Hill Cemetery.

Virginia was a single mother of three who worked very hard for her family. She is survived by a son, William John (Cecilia) Hayes of North Carolina, and a daughter, Bette Marie (Bill) Hartig of Amsterdam, N.Y., six grandchildren and many great-grandchildren.

Besides her parents, Virginia is predeceased by a son, Robert Kenneth Hayes, and a sister, Shirley Quinn.

During her lifetime, she was a graduate of Amsterdam High School and worked as a seamstress and retired from the Martin Jay Dress Shop, Amsterdam, N.Y., and is also a lifelong resident of Amsterdam. Virginia also enjoyed crocheting, and she made clothes for many.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to the American Heart Association National Center, 7272 Greenville Ave., Dallas, TX 75231.

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