Wednesday, September 10, 2003

Mary Claudia Hayes fought her disability


The Cincinnati Enquirer

HYDE PARK - Mary Claudia Hayes wanted to write a book to help young mothers with debilitating illnesses. She would have written it from experience.

At 33, Mrs. Hayes - a public health nurse and mother of a young daughter - was diagnosed with lupus.

Partially disabled, she had to give up a lot of her activities. But she did "everything she could to help our daughter - taking her to ballet and music lessons while she was in extreme pain and fatigue," said her husband, J. Michael Hayes. "Through that, she really knew the impact these things have on young mothers. She talked about writing a book."

But Mrs. Hayes, 57, died of heart failure Sunday, 17 days after suffering burns in a household accident.

Before her illness, she cared for patients in their homes and conducted health-education classes.

In addition to her husband, survivors include: a daughter, Melinda B. Hayes of Sylvania, Ohio; her mother, Rosalie Smithers of Boca Raton, Fla.; and a brother, Robert Smithers of Toronto.

Visitation: 5-8 p.m. today at Elden A. Good Funeral Home, 2620 Erie Ave., Hyde Park. Funeral: 1 p.m. Thursday at Norman Chapel at Spring Grove Cemetery.

Memorials: Lupus Foundation of America Inc., 2000 L Street N.W., Suite 710, Washington, DC 20036, or donor's choice.


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