Florence Jane Hayes | Obituary

Lewisburg – Florence Jane Hayes, 97, died September 19, 2022 at Buffalo Valley Personal Care.

Jane, one of ten children, was born October 22, 1924, the daughter of the late Beza C. and the late Florence Clymer Dotterer. She grew up on the family farm near Lamar, Pennsylvania, graduated from Lock Haven High School in 1942, and later worked in Sylvania. In 1947, Jane graduated as a registered nurse from Lankeau Hospital in Philadelphia. Jane worked first in Lankenau and then at Lock Haven Hospital.

She married Joseph F. Hayes on October 18, 1947.

In 1956, she was appointed postmaster of the Mackeyville, Pennsylvania Post Office, where she served 28 years before retiring in 1984. Jane and Joe also owned the Hayes General Store. Joe was a truck driver, had an auto repair shop, and sold reconditioned cars. Boating served as a respite on some weekends. After retirement, Jane and Joe enjoyed traveling the country in their motorhome. They celebrated 63 years of marriage before Joe’s death in 2011.

Jane was a wonderful cook who baked dozens of Christmas cookies for all of her children and grandchildren until she was 95 years old. She always had a bountiful vegetable garden and grew perennial flowers in Mackeyville. She was an avid reader and walker. After moving to her cabin in Buffalo Valley Lutheran Village in 2007, she enjoyed the many activities the community had to offer. To stay in touch with family and friends, she learned to use email and Facebook at age 89.

Eighteen months ago, Jane moved into personal care. The family is grateful to the staff on site, as well as Evangelical Hospice who have also been an integral part of their care over the past few months.

The surviving daughters are Reverend Frances Jane Hayes and Ann Hayes Butler; grandsons: Geoffrey (Beth) Gallimore, Matt (Pam) Butler and Nathan (Amanda) Butler; granddaughter, Sarah (Ryan) Kitchen; 7 great-grandchildren: Lane and Abbey Kitchen, Sawyer and Ty Butler, Grace Gallimore, Lincoln, Maverick and Nash Butler; and his brother Paul Dotterer.

She was predeceased by brothers: Earl, Lawrence, Elmer, Ray and Ralph; sisters: Dorothy Hartle, Mary McClintick and Miriam Porter; and his son-in-law, Michael Butler.

A memorial service will be held at St. John’s United Church of Christ, 1050 Buffalo Rd. Lewisburg on Saturday, October 1, 2022. Visitation will be at 10:30 a.m. and the service will follow at 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Union County Public Library, 255 Reitz Blvd. Lewisburg, Pennsylvania 17837; Benevolent Care Fund to BVLV at 189 East Tressler Blvd., Lewisburg, PA 17837; or UCC St. John’s.

Arrangements are under the direction of Donald G. Walker Funeral Home, Inc., 231 High St., Flemington, Pennsylvania.

Online condolences can be given by visiting www.donaldwalkerfuneralhome.com

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