Betty Hayden

Betty Ruth Hayden (Wolfe)

Tuesday, November 2nd, 1920 - Saturday, August 29th, 2020
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Betty Ruth (Wolfe, Waswick) Hayden, age 99 of Hastings passed away peacefully at Carveth Village in Middleville on August 28th, 2020. She was born on November 2nd, 1920, daughter of Norman and Ruth (Lahyer) Wolfe.

Betty was born and raised in Detroit Michigan. She graduated from Detroit Cooley High School June 24th, 1938. While in school she was on the swim team winning numerous awards in the backstroke. Betty always had a love for singing and music, in school she was also a part of the Cooley High Choral group. She learned to play the piano early on and was an accomplished pianist as was her mother Ruth. She would “tickle the Ivories” any chance she got until later in her life. Betty also made sure that all of her children had the opportunity to learn an instrument or the piano. Music was always a part of her life, we can still hear her singing along to a new album or the radio in the house while working along. She enjoyed traveling, needlepoint and loved reading a good book as well.

Betty loved her family dearly. She was a wonderful, caring lady with an infectious laugh and warm smile who was well liked by those in her congregation as well as those in the community. She had a generous spirit and helped those in her congregation as long as she was able. Betty was baptized as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses in 1936 and remained active and faithful throughout her entire life. Betty’s faith was a large part of everything that she did and her hope was to see family and friends again in an earthly paradise.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents, Norman and Ruth, her first husband, Adolph Waswick, her second husband, Eugene Hayden, three brothers, Duane, James , Norman Jr. and grandson, Ryan Finch.

Betty is survived by her children, Lyndsay (Ivan) Finch, Daniel (Diane) Waswick, and Michael (Linda) Hayden. Grandchildren, Sara (Trevis) Pierce, Emilee (Rick) Myers, Angela Finch and Dane Waswick. Step grandchildren, Tim (Jill) Woodworth, Tammy Woodworth, Eric (Heather) Bouchard and Justin (Stephanie) Bouchard. Great grandchildren, Spencer and Alayna Pierce, Ian and Ava Myers, Ivan Finch (little Ivan), Alyssa and Stella Waswick. Nephew, Tom Vatroba, Sister-in-law, Dorothy Wolfe, many nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.

A streamed Memorial Service is planned for October 3, 2020. Rick Havens of the Hastings East Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses will be officiating.
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