Wanda Marie Hayes, 59, of Waldoboro, passed away on Nov. 16 at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington, Mass. She was born on Aug. 29, 1958 to James K. Hayes Sr. and Theresa Cote.
Wanda grew up in Sanford and attended local schools and then furthered her education by taking several collage classes. She came to Waldoboro over 30 years ago. She had a longtime career working with children as a teacher. She worked as a bus driver/teacher for many years at the head start school. She then went on to work at Medomak Valley High School as a life skills teacher (educational technician).
She loved arts and crafts, was an avid reader, built birdhouses and butterfly houses. Wanda enjoyed fishing on Seven Tree Pond and she also loved hunting and loved gardening.
Wanda enjoyed her grandchildren immensely. She was a loving grandmother. Wanda was also a strong, independent woman who often did jobs that most men would not want to do. She was a compassionate and proud person, always willing to help others.
She was predeceased by her parents; husband, Fred Ames Sr.; sister, Kathy Crowley; and brother, James K. Hayes Jr.
Wanda is survived by her companion of 12 years, Norman Gamage of Waldoboro; daughters, Melisa Hayes of Waldoboro, and Tammy Ames of Waldoboro; son, Freddy Ames of Waldoboro; sister, Judy Winchenbach of Waldoboro; brother, Ronnie Hayes of New Hampshire; sister, Brenda Hayes of Gardiner; 18 grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.
A celebration of Wanda’s life will be held at 11 a.m., Sat., Dec. 2 at the Waldoboro Word of Life Church, Old Route #1, in Waldoboro with Pastor Tom Rawley officiating.
You are welcome to share condolences with the family at www.hallfuneralhomes.com.
Arrangements are entrusted to Hall’s of Waldoboro.