Service measured not by GOLD,
                           but by the GOLDEN RULE

Service measured not by GOLD,
          but by the GOLDEN RULE


WOOSTER – Maxine Hayes, 92, of Wooster, ended her earthly journey on April 1, 2019 at Ohio ™s Hospice LifeCare after a 6-month battle with cancer.
She was born on Feb 4, 1927 at home in Johnson County, Illinois.   The daughter of Charles and Etta (Childers) Merriman, she was preceded in death by her parents and 10 brothers and sisters.
She married Rev. C. Dwight Hayes on Nov 3, 1951.   She began work as a secretary and enjoyed being a homemaker.   Maxine took pride in raising and caring for her family.   Her talents and hobbies included cooking, baking and gardening.   She crocheted rugs and made hundreds of pairs of house slippers received by family and friends.
Surviving are her husband Dwight of 67 years; three children John (Sue) Hayes of Macedonia, David Hayes of Wooster and Susan (Mike) Adams of Medina; grandchildren Joshua Adams, James (Hillary) Hayes, Virginia Adams, Sarah (Dave) Callychurn and Gabriel Adams; great-grandchildren Addison Callychurn and Hudson Hayes and Deb Monaghan, who has been like a daughter, as she ‘adopted’ Maxine and Dwight as her parents when her own parents passed away.
Friends will be received at 1:00 PM on Monday April 8, 2019 at the Dalton United Methodist Church 204 W. Main Street, Dalton, Ohio.   A Celebration of Life service will begin there at 2:00 PM.  
McIntire, Bradham & Sleek Funeral Home, 216 E. Larwill St., Wooster is assisting the family.
Words of comfort may be left for the family online at

Memorial Contributions

Monday, April 8, 2-19 at 2:00 p.m. at Dalton United Methodist Church, 204 W. Main St., Dalton

Monday, April 8, 2019 from 1-2:00 p.m. at Dalton United Methodist Church, 204 W. Main St., Dalton


  1. My thoughts and prayers go out to Dwight, John, David, Susan, and their families. Maxine holds a special place in my heart as my “other mother” in my tween and teen years when Susan and I hung out together. Maxine always welcomed me with a smile and was a patient, loving, and caring presence. May your memories of Maxine bring you comfort. Blessing and love, Julie

  2. Our deepest sympathy to Dwight, John,David, Susan and their families and friends for the loss of Maxine. We pray for God’s Love, comfort, and support to all of You. Thank You all for Your support and Love when Dwight was Pastor of the Dalton Methodist Church and all of Your kindness. In Christian Love, Dallas R. Falb Sr.; Dallas W. Falb (son), Missy Falb, Dallas J. Falb; Lisa Meager, Don Meager, Donnie Meager, Marjorie and Ben (husband).

  3. Dwight:
    My deepest sympathy to you at this loss. I have utmost respect for you.

  4. Dwight,
    We were sorry to hear about Maxine’s death. 67 years together is quite an achievement. May God’s peace comfort you in these days of grief and loss.

  5. Dwight,
    We were sorry to learn of Maxine’s death. May God’s peace comfort you in these days of grief and loss.

  6. Dear Dwight and family,
    Some of the light has left the world with Maxine. Her quiet, sure presence was a beacon of light, hope and joy to many. She was inspiring in her faith and encouraging in her interactions. May you be comforted by the sure knowledge of the saints rejoicing as they receive her. Blessings,
    Ash and Peg

  7. Thanks to all who have responded. Day by Day…I pray that I see You more clearly. love You more dearly, and Follow You more nearly.


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