Coreen Hayward died peacefully with her family on Sunday, Oct. 6, 2013 at the Sunny Hill Care Center in Tama Her funeral will be Friday, Oct. 11, at 11 a.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Tama with Pastor Thomas Dowling officiating. A visitation will be held on Thursday, Oct. 10, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Kruse-Phillips Funeral Home in Tama. A private interment will take place at Oak Hill Cemetery in Tama at a future date.
Coreen was born on March 11, 1931, in Leslie County, Ky., to William & Rose (Caldwell) Brock. She attended and then graduated from the Kentucky School for the Deaf. On Nov. 4, 1953, she married Roderick D. Hayward at the Zion Lutheran Church in Rockford, Ill. They would have celebrated 60 years of marriage this November.
Since their marriage, Roderick and Coreen lived in the Tama and Toledo area raising their children there. Coreen's schooling included becoming a tailor and in early years, she made clothing for people including bridal gowns. When Roderick opened his upholstery business, she also worked with him and became an expert on refinishing furniture. One of the passions they shared was getting what someone would consider junk and work together to bring it back to life. She also worked for Roderick's mother, Hazel Walton, at Hazel's fabric store in Tama. When she retired, she started again on her other love, quilting. Over the years, she and Roderick were also active in the Iowa Association of the Deaf. She loved spending time with their family and friends as well as traveling around the country.
She is survived by her husband Roderick D. Hayward of Tama and their three children, daughter Joan (Pete) Helm of Toledo, son Michael (Theresa) Hayward of Tama and daughter Chris (Rod) Drummer of Tama along with her grandchildren Courtney (Trent) Fischer of La Vista, NE, James (Jillisa) Hayward of Ankeny, IA along with Benjamin, Nathaniel and Jackson Drummer of Tama and her step-grandchildren Jessica Drummer of Marshalltown, Laura (Clayton) Edwards of Toledo, IA and Danny (Claire) Mayo and step-great granddaughter Lily Mayo of Maquoketa, Iowa. Other survivors include her sister Catherine Hutchinson of Columbia, KY, her brothers James Brock of Scottsdale, AZ, Raymond (Mary) Brock of Bradenton, FL and Richard (Linda) Brock of Cincinnati, OH along with her sister-in-law Sallie Mae Brock of Leslie Co., Ky. as well as many nieces and nephews. Also surviving her is what she would consider her other family, the residents and staff at Sunny Hill Care Center. Preceding her in death were her parents, her mother-in-law C. Hazel Walton and step father-in-law Harold Walton as well as a sister, Angel Brock and a brother Wallace Brock.
Her family is immensely proud of her and their love and respect for her grew even further since her stroke 10 years ago. She faced the last 10 years of her life with courage and gave nothing but love and joy to her family and those who have cared for her during that time.
Memorials may be directed to either St. Paul Lutheran Church in Tama or the Iowa Association of the Deaf.