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Betty Joe Hayward

July 28, 1930 - September 3, 2017

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Betty Joe Cooley Hayward
July 28, 1930 - Sept. 3, 2017

Betty Joe Cooley Hayward passed away on Sept. 3, 2017 from cancer.

She was born July 28, 1930 in Goodlettsville, Tennessee. She lived with her mother Ada Herman. They moved to California where she was raised in Hollywood.

Betty Joe met Richard B. Hayward after World War II during Bible class on Sunday nights, where, after going to church services, they would visit other young people's homes. Among the over 100 young people in attendance, Richard and Betty Joe found...

Betty Joe Cooley Hayward
July 28, 1930 - Sept. 3, 2017

Betty Joe Cooley Hayward passed away on Sept. 3, 2017 from cancer.

She was born July 28, 1930 in Goodlettsville, Tennessee. She lived with her mother Ada Herman. They moved to California where she was raised in Hollywood.

Betty Joe met Richard B. Hayward after World War II during Bible class on Sunday nights, where, after going to church services, they would visit other young people's homes. Among the over 100 young people in attendance, Richard and Betty Joe found each other. She told Richard that she was never going to marry and Richard said that was fine. Of course, they married.

While Richard worked hard to put himself through college and seminary school, he also felt strongly that Betty Joe have a chance at higher education. While he attended seminary school in San Francisco, Betty Joe went to Berkeley for her BA and later attended Pepperdine for her master's in education.

Betty Joe taught at every base her husband, now Air Force Chaplain Hayward, was posted at, stateside and overseas on the U.S. bases. After Richard left the military, they retired in Coronado in 1970 and she continued teaching school in La Jolla.
While Richard was pastor of the Linda Vista Presbyterian Church, Betty Joe was secretary there for 10 years, where they still have many close ties.

Retirement meant many cruises for the couple to far away places. They took at least 50 cruises and traveled throughout Europe, Asia and the western United States.

Betty Joe was a wizard at puzzles and game shows and at one time quite active in the Coronado garden clubs. Her love of gardening continued her entire life and could be seen in her orchid garden, dawning 100 orchids for over two decades. She disclosed her secret in her husband's article in the Coronado Magazine: orchids need a gentle breeze. This phrase best describes Betty Joe - a gentle breeze.

Betty Joe leaves behind her husband of 50 years and a daughter, Denise.

"We have had the most wonderful marriage," Richard said. Visits and calls to Richard Hayward would be very much appreciated.

A visitation will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 20 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Merkley-Mitchell Mortuary, 3655 Fifth Avenue, San Diego. A committal service will follow at 2 p.m. at Fort Rosecrans, 1800 Cabrillo Memorial Drive, San Diego.

Arrangements under the direction of Merkley-Mitchell Mortuary, San Diego, CA.