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Ruth M. Hayes

May 7, 1920 ~ October 5, 2018 (age 98)

Ruth (McReynolds) Hayes, 98, of rural Westby, died peacefully on Oct. 5, 2018 in the home that she built in Esofea with her late husband Dan (Truman Daniel) Hayes. Both musicians, Dan was a professor of music at UW-La Crosse, and Ruth a teacher at Emerson School for over 20 years. Ruth, a violin student of a student of a student of Joachim, played in the La Crosse Symphony. She and Dan were also founding members of the original People's Co-op and were instrumental in the establishment of Esofea Gardens near Westby.

Ruth is survived by daughter Dorothy (Martirano), sons Edward and Joseph, and by eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. 

Private family service will be held later.

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