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Doris M. Baker Hayden

Doris M. Baker Hayden

WICOMICO CHURCH—Doris Mae Baker Hayden, 88, of Wicomico Church passed away on March 8, 2018.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ira W. Hayden; and her brother, Samuel James Baker Jr.

She is survived by her daughter, Brenda Minnick (Ralph); son, Craig Hayden (Maryhelen); seven grandchildren, Casey Newsome (Talmadge), Nichole Sheridan (Marcus), Jaime Rowland (Andrew), Dusti Dunn (Frederick), Craig Daniel Hayden (Harley), Jay Sanford and Albert Sanford (Holly); 19 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law; and numerous much-loved nephews, nieces and cousins.

She was born in Baltimore, Md. Most of her childhood was spent in the Northern Neck. She had many memories of spending time with extended family during her childhood years. Her young adult life was spent working hard and starting a family. She was back and forth between Baltimore and the Northern Neck during those years. Although she struggled with illness several times, she remained independent and focused on others. Mila was her home for her middle and later adult years.   There she was a good neighbor and friend to those around her.

Doris was an active member of Mila United Methodist Church. Although she chose not to drive, she never missed an opportunity to travel, visit others and especially to serve. She visited the sick and lonely in their homes, hospitals and nursing homes.

She was the epitome of strength, grace and beauty. A compassionate woman, she loved and cared about the people around her. She was positive even when life was tough and encouraged others to do the same. She will be remembered for her warm, open home, positive attitude and ability to play a mean game of Chinese Checkers.

Most of all she will be remembered as a good, Christian woman who thought of others before herself. A visit didn’t go by without her asking, “Are you happy?” And she ended every visit with a deep felt “I love you” and “Please take care of yourself.”

Family members and loved ones gathered on Saturday, March 10, for her funeral service at Mila United Methodist Church. Doris’ beloved pastor Donna Blythe, delivered the eulogy and memories were shared by those in attendance. Tears and laughter were in abundance as Doris’ life and the blessing that she was to all, was celebrated. Doris’ family, the community of Mila and the world lost a beloved mother, grandmother, aunt, cousin, neighbor and friend, but we are all the more blessed to have known her, loved her and been loved by her.

Memorial donations may be made to Mila United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 112, Wicomico Church, VA 22579; or your favorite charity.

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