Elinor G. Hays


Elinor G. Hays (Geyer), passed away April 13, 2019, at University of Vermont Health Network-Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital in Plattsburgh.
Ellie was hired as a Team Leader on the 4 Main Medical/Surgical Unit of the Champlain Valley Hospital. She became Head Nurse on 5 Main the following year and Head Nurse on 6 Main in 1972; both were Medical/Surgical Units at that time. The Skilled Nursing Facility opened in 1974, and Ellie joined the nursing staff of that Unit as Head Nurse. She remained on this unit, becoming the coordinator in 1981 until she retired June 15, 1989.
Elinor was born on Dec. 14, 1926, at Cashtown, Adams County, Pennsylvania. She graduated from Gettysburg High School in 1944 and enlisted in the US Army Nurse Corps at Thomas Jefferson University School of Nursing. In 1948 She returned to her hometown and became a night supervisor at the Annie M. Hospital at Gettysburg, Pa.
She is survived by her husband James Hays; two sons, Dr. James T. Hays III (Jennifer Lynn) of Keswick, Va., John Charles Hays (Pamela Jean) of Grantham, N.H.; two grandsons, Benjamin James (Emily), and Daniel Telling (Hillary), one granddaughter, Kristin Susanne; three great-grandchildren, Oliver Daniel, Eden Katherine and Jude Lawrence. Elinor is predeceased by her parents, Wilbur Hammond Geyer and Verna Marie Klinefelter and a brother, John Clair Geyer.
Elinor enjoyed traveling, bingo, card playing, hosting family at her home on Lake Champlain and the Early American History of this era. She was a member of long standing of Kent de Lord House Museum, a board member of the Anderson Falls Heritage Society, Clinton County Historical Society and the Daughters of the American Revolution.
According to her wishes there will be no funeral services. Burial will be at a later date at Mountain View Cemetery in Emmitsburg, Md.
Those wishing to honor Elinor Hays' life may make a donation to the Jefferson Diploma School of Nursing, 1020 Locus Street, Building Suite 210, Philadelphia, PA 19107-5233.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Heald Funeral Home, 48 Court Street, Plattsburgh.
To light a memorial candle or leave an online condolence please visit www.healdfuneralhomeinc.com
Published on April 15, 2019
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Robert Ayers
Apr 17, 2019
What a marvelous woman!

My condolences.
Warren and Barbara Adams
Apr 17, 2019
Dear Jim , Jim and John,

We are so sorry for your loss and want you to know we are thinking of you all at this difficult time. We are here for you all and you are in our thought and prayers as is Ellie.

.Warren and Barbara
Evelyn LaGoy Drapeau Kerr
Apr 16, 2019
I remember Elinor very well I didn’t work for her but knew her well. 5 main, 6 maim and Skilled Nursing unit. We had many meetings together and enjoyed her very much very knowledgeable and fun to be around. She will be missed. Thoughts and prayers to the family. 🙏🙏💕💕💕🙏🙏
Douglas Moses, Chaplain, Clan Hay Society - American Branch
Apr 16, 2019
God takes us home to His house in His own time. I am sure that Elinor will be given a seat of honor due to all the good that she has done for her fellowman during her time here on Earth.

May the LORD bless her and keep her in the palm of his hand now and forever. AMEN.
Cecile Richard McVicker
Apr 16, 2019
Jim, sorry for your loss, thinking of you.

Jack Barrette
Apr 16, 2019
Jim, So sorry for you loss. I will remember her in my prayers. Hope you are doing fine.
Tresah McGrath Bousquet
Apr 15, 2019
John and Pam I am very sorry to hear of your mother's passing.I remember her very well.She was a wonderful woman.
Heald Funeral Home
Apr 15, 2019