Hayward, Lorraine

July 9, 1934 ~ December 11, 2023

HAYWARD, Dorothy Lorraine (nee Jeffrey) – Age 89, passed away on December 11, 2023 at Bluewater Health, Sarnia. Beloved wife and lifelong sweetheart of Melvin Hayward for 68 years. Loving mother of Laurie White and her husband Greg of Hamilton and Lisa Valade and her husband Claude of Sarnia. Cherished grandmother of Dan White, Jason (Marley) White, Laura Valade, Thomas (Isabella) Valade and great-grandma of Penny and Cole White. Dear sister of the late Maxine (2014) and Peter (2004) Hayward. Fondly remembered by treasured nieces and nephews, including very special niece Dianne Tennyson and family, Jessica (Ryan) DeGasperis and Roy Tennyson, Quinn and Sloane DeGasperis. Predeceased by her parents Russell (1965) and Vera (Sexton) (1984) Jeffrey.

Her life was rich in friendships, including recent years at Thompson Gardens, Fairwinds Lodge and Landmark Village. The family wish to express gratitude to staff and residents…. new friends all…. for their acts of kindness and care. Lorraine was a member of the Calvary United Church, Life member of the United Church Women and member of Corunna United Church.

Family and friends will be received at Corunna United Church on Friday, December 15, 2023 from 1:00pm until the time of the funeral service at 2:00pm.

In lieu of flowers, sympathy may be expressed through donations to Noelle’s Gift (noellesgift.ca).


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  1. Dear Melvin,Laurie,Lisa and family …I am so sorry for your loss. She was always such a warm and kind person.

  2. Dear Laurie, Greg, Dan & Jason,
    So sorry to hear about the passing of your Mom/Grandmother. There is nothing more profound than the loss of a parent. They literally make us who we are and to be without them seems unimaginable. Your mother sounds like she was a beautiful soul, Laurie and she passed that goodness on to you. To all of you, please accept my sincere condolences.
    💗 Sara Hickling (Gazzard)

  3. Dear Melvin, Laurie, Lisa & Family,
    Please accept condolences from me & my mother Peggy Jeffrey. We sadly just learned of Lorraine’s recent death & funeral yesterday. We have such wonderful memories of time spent with our “country relatives”. Sad also to share that my brother Jim Jeffrey’s funeral was today in Sarnia. May both our families find comfort in our memories.
    Linda (Jeffrey) Osmond

  4. I remember your mother well. Lovely lady. I went to high school with you Laurie. Many good times remembered with you.

  5. Dear Melvin and family, We were saddened to hear about Lorraine’s passing. When Scott Woods was at Camlachie United Church, we always ha a good visit.

  6. Dear Melvin, Laurie, Lisa and family: Please accept my deepest sympathy on the loss of a wonderful lady. Lorraine was one of the kindest people that I had the privilege of knowing and I have so many fond memories growing up as an honorary Hayward. She helped me with 4-H projects, taught me how to square dance and made the best cookies. May your memories be of comfort to you in the days ahead.

  7. Dear Melvin & family, I am so sorry to hear about Lorraine’s passing. I have many fond memories of Bill & I getting together with the two of you & playing cards. We really enjoyed our times together. I will really miss the chats with Lorraine at Landmark. It’s always hard to lose someone that was such a large part of your life.

  8. Ken and I send our condolences to you and your family. This loss of “Mom” and “Grandmother” is so sad for all of you. Our hearts go out to you.

  9. My condolence to Melvin an and family. I always enjoyed visiting with Melvin and Loraine when we would meet. Loraine’s mom and mine were cousins so saw lots of that family when we were young. Loraine was a great lady.

  10. Our condolences to Lisa and all her family members. May all happy memories immortalize her presence.

    Marie Valade, Bernard, Geneviève and François Beaubien

  11. Melvin, Laurie, Lisa and families, Brian and I offer you our sincerest sympathies in the loss of your dear wife and Mom, Lorraine. I have many memories of Lorraine …special events at Calvary, family reunions on the Hayward farm, and as an adult working along side Lorraine in pastoral charge governance. She always had a clear understanding of what needed to be done and how to do it. More importantly she was always quick to volunteer her help with any project or undertaking to ensure its success. She was a women of faith, who lived her faith. May memories of Lorraine sustain you all.
    Brian and Janet

  12. Dear Laurie and Lisa
    Heartfelt sympathy to you and your families at this sad time. May the many memories of the happy times when your mother was at her best give you comfort and strength in the difficult days ahead.
    She is with you still.

  13. Melvin, Laurie, Greg, Dan and Jason, so sorry for your loss. I’m glad I was able to meet Lorraine if even a just a few times. I remember her as a cheerful and welcoming person.
    Alexandra and I send our deepest sympathies at this difficult time.

  14. My sincere sympathy to all the Hayward family: Lorraine was a wonderful lady that I truly looked up to and admired. She was one of my mentors in Lambton Presbyerial United Church Women. Lorraine served as Presbyterial President in 1990-1991. I was just started out attending meetings and she inspired me to go on to take the office in later years. She was a great wife, mother, grandmother and friend. May all your precious memories of her be a comfort at this difficult time. Wilma Johnson, Past President of Lambton Presbyterial UCW

  15. Melvin I am so sorry to hear of Lorraine’s passing. It was so good to see you folks on Sunday and to talk briefly with Lorraine

  16. Mel and families, so sorry to hear of Lorraine’s passing. My deepest condolences to you during this difficult time.

  17. Dear Melvin and Family, Lorraine was one of my mentors in all my connections with UCW and Lambton Presbytery. She always had kind and valuable advice. She valued her family and faith community, family first. Never one to be overly confident, she always did everything in her church leadership of Presbytery or UCW with perfection and great care and consideration. She was one fine example to follow as President of Lambton UCW. Well done good and faithful servant, wife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister and daughter. She managed all these roles with perfection. May your memories be a blessing.
    With Love and deep admiration,
    Pat Whitton

  18. Lisa, and extended Family,
    Please accept my sincere condolences for the loss of your dear Mother. She was such a lively, kind, and sweet lady.

  19. Melvin, Laurie, Lisa and families………So sorry to hear about Lorraine’s passing! We will miss visiting with her at Landmark! She will be sorely missed by you girls and your families and especially by her dear husband! Our parents were friends for many years! Lorraine was a wonderful lady and touched the lives of all who knew her!

  20. Melvin and family, we are so sad to hear of Lorraine’s passing. She was a beautiful person, inside and out. We are so happy that you two made it to church last week, it was so good to see you both. Keep all your years of memories in your heart. We pray you will find peace during this difficult time.

  21. Our deepest sympathy to all the family on Lorraine’s passing. May special memories help ease the grief you are having at this sad time.

  22. Thinking of Melvin and family at this difficult time. Lorraine was a beautiful lady, she will be missed by many!!!!

  23. Melvin and families
    My sincere sympathy with the passing of Lorraine
    What a wonderful woman she was . I treasure all the visits and times At Lambton Presbytery.
    She was faithful to serve with all her God given gifts and talents throughout her life
    She will be remembered and missed until we meet again .Hugs

  24. Our condolences to Melvin Laurie, Lisa and families. Many memories growing up on the Kimball Rd. Cherish your memories.

  25. Lorraine was a Beautiful Person inside and out! A Rare Gem! We are So Sorry to Hear about Her passing. A Beautiful Soul is at Rest With Her Saviour! Thinking of You Melvin and Family at this Time and Always.
    Love Ida, Gerald and Anita Murray

  26. Dear Melvin, Laurie, Lisa and families. So sorry to hear of Lorraine’s passing. She was a special person and a wonderful neighbour on the Kimball. Our condolences and hugs to all of you.

  27. Lorraine welcomed me into the family with loving arms as her granddaughter in law. She ended each visit with a big hug always giving me a positive parting message about good things she saw in me. She was always so grateful when we would travel to visit her and always found ways to connect in between with cards in the mail for our daughter and thoughtful gifts for the next time she saw us. It was so clear the love and admiration their daughter (my mother in law) had for her mother and father in her steadfast friendship and care for them. The Haywards always want to do for others and have nothing done for them in their selfless service to community/friends/ family. Laurie was so happy having a nice meal/ day with her parents, as was my husband Jason. Lorraine had a warmth that was so inviting. Our daughter has her middle name and will wear it so proudly. It was a pleasure to know you Lorraine. You are greatly missed.

  28. Dear Melvin sending sincere sympathy to you on your precious loss, i am sending my love and prayers to you and your family,i have many memories of dianne and I spending fun times and some over nite stays when you and Lorainne lived on Kimball road,sincere love Bonnie Francis

  29. Melvin and family,
    Thinking of all of you during this very difficult time. As you are well aware,Lorraine was a very special lady. She touched the lives of many. I’m sure we will all cherish the wonderful memories we have of the times we spent with her. My condolences to all the family..