Ruth Comesky Hayes
February 9, 1925 – July 14, 2019
Ruth Comesky Hayes, 94, passed away on July 14, 2019 in Orleans with her family by her side. She was the wife of the late William Charles Hayes. They had been married for 58 years.
Born in South Nyack, NY, daughter of the late Frank and Vera (Coleman) Comesky, Ruth graduated from the Nyack school system and attended Wilson College, Chambersburg, PA, and Katherine Gibbs Secretarial School, New York City. She worked at J. Walter Thompson in New York City, as well as the bookkeeper for her husband’s business.
After marriage, she and Bill lived in Leonia, NJ, for a few years before moving to Haworth, NJ, where they resided for 30 years.
In 1980, they moved to Orleans, MA. For seven years, Ruth was in charge of the Orleans Food Pantry sponsored by the Lower Cape Outreach Council. Until her recent illness, Ruth was a regular member of the Guild at the Church of the Holy Spirit in Orleans. Other interests included family, antiques, gardening and reading.
Survivors include her son, Lindsay, his wife, Chris, and four grandchildren, Emily and her husband Matt, Claire, Sam and his fiancée Taylor, and Drew. She is predeceased by her sisters, Jane Challacombe and Marion Hesselgrave.
Visitation is on Monday, July 22, 2019, from 4:00pm to 7:00pm at the Nickerson Funeral Home, 87 Crowell Road, Chatham. A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, July 23, 2019 at 1:00pm at The Church of the Holy Spirit, 204 Monument Road, Orleans. Burial will be at a later time.
Memorial donations may be made to Doctors Without Borders, P.O. Box 5030, Hagerstown, Maryland, 21741 or www.doctorswithoutborders.org. For online condolences, please visit www.nickersonfunerals.com
- Doctors Without Borders
- Visitation Monday, July 22, 2019
- Funeral Service Tuesday, July 23, 2019
Ruth Comesky Hayes
July 20, 2019
We had the pleasure of knowing Ruth briefly over the last few years as guests in her summer rental apartment. We loved talking with with her. She shared the history of the property and gave us a tour of her "antique house". She had such a lovely spirit and was so proud and loving of her family. This is a great loss to all of you but I'm sure her profound influence and impact will be part of your lives forever.
Martha McCormick and Tom Barone
July 17, 2019
Lindsay,Chris, and family. We are so sorry for your loss. Granny was a gracious and lovely lady. You are in our prayers.
Betsy and John