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Margaret E. Hayes Gnehm

Posted: Monday, Sep 23rd, 2013


Nov. 4, 1926 ~ Sept. 21, 2013

Margaret E. Hayes Gnehm passed away peacefully at the Wesley House Watsonville under the care of Heartland Hospice. She was 87.

Margaret was born in Salinas to Jeremiah and Margaret (Butcher) Hayes. She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul N. Gnehm; her parents and brothers, William, Patrick, Gerald and John. Survived by her younger sister, Kathleen Diaz; son, Paul John; daughter, Peggy and grandson, Zeb Gnehm all of Watsonville. She is also survived by many nieces and nephews and close friends, including Pat Michielsen who was like a sister to her, and her dog, Molly, who was her companion.

Margaret worked as a ranch hand for the Kelly Thompson Ranch many years alongside her husband. Between, the two of them, they had a lot of cattle round ups. She was known as the queen for preparing rocky mountain oysters. Margaret started showing at SC County Fair in 1949 with her steer and never left the fair. She participated in Home Arts, Horse Show and made stick horses for the children stick horse races many years ago. She raised grand champion chickens; which she won at this year’s fair and also jointed teddy bear and pillowslip doll this year at the fair and won first place and best of show. Margaret other interest included the Monterey Bay Dog Training Club, 4-H Leader and Grange member. She enjoyed canning; especially, applesauce, dilly beans, and bread pickles, made beautiful needlepoint and had a passion for dolls. She was also a wonderful seamstress and even made her and her sister’s wedding dresses.

Margaret would often mention her trip to Hawaii with her niece, Phyllis, as a highlight during her time. There was an inside joke about her eating an orchid on the plane ride to Hawaii and remembering the four inch meringue on the lemon pie from FW Woolworth’s in Hawaii.

Special thanks you to Dr. John V. Crowder, Dr. Robert J. Weber, Dr. Kim Albridge, Dr. Kim and Dr. Krathen of Stanford Cancer Clinic, UCSF Eye Department, Janet Leon and staff of Wesley House and the Heartland Hospice Team.

Donations can be made in memory of Margaret to Heartland Hospice Services, 824 Bay Avenue #40 Capitola, CA 95010 or to the Stanford Cancer Dermatology and Cutaneous Oncology, 900 Blake Wilbur Dr., Stanford, CA 94305.

Rosary and Funeral Mass will be held Thursday, September 26th at 1:00 p.m. at Holy Eucharist Parish, 527 Corralitos Rd. Corralitos, CA. Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of Mehl’s Colonial Chapel.

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