Charlene Hayes

  • Born: January 11, 1934
  • Died: March 22, 2016
  • Location: Ventura, California

Lange Funeral Home & Crematory LLC

1900 South 18th Street
Centerville, IA 52544
Tel. (641) 856-2000

Tribute & Message From The Family

Best friends forever Mom and Me
Picking flowers and climbing trees
A shoulder to cry on, secrets to share
Warm hearts and hands that really care ~ Unknown

Donna Charlene Hayes, age 82, passed away March 22, 2016 at Community Memorial Hospital in Ventura, CA.

Charlene was born on January 11, 1934 to Harvey & Cecelia (Davis) Crain in Centerville, IA. She was united in marriage to WIlbur Hayes on June 24, 1950 in Centerville.

Charlene loved spending time with her extended family, especially her grandson, Ian. She will always be remembered for her excellent cooking and baking and worked for several years at the Centerville Community School District and was the manager of the Appanoose Country Club. She was a member of the Irene Chapter of the Order of Eastern Star and the VFW Women's Auxiliary. Her hobbies included fishing, camping and traveling.

Charlene is survived by her daughter and family, Charla, Ronald and Ian Gomez of Camarillo, CA, her sister, Mary Lou Priest of Eugene, OR and her brother and sister-in-law Dick and Yvonne Crain of Carson, CA as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Wilbur, her parents and her brother Jess Crain.

Charlene requested to be cremated and a graveside service will be held at the Dale Cemetery in the Fall.

Condolence & Memory Journal

Our Thoughts are with you during this difficult time.

Doug and Nancy Price, Leon Iowa
Kris Price, Los Angeles, Ca
Scott and Micheale Price, Overland Park, KS
Steve Price, Denver, CO

Posted by Kris Price Sefton - Los Angeles, CA - Friend   March 26, 2016

We send our love and prayers! God bless you all!

Posted by Roger and Sandy Griffing - Centerville, IA - Friend   March 26, 2016

Charla I'm so sorry, your mom will be missed, I pray God comforts you, Ron, and Ian through this time, she will be missed but not forgotten

Posted by Debra Gomez - Los Angeles, CA - Family   March 26, 2016

I remember Charlene's bright smile and twinkling eyes. I am a member of the Country Club in Centerville where I spent many a evening enjoying her excellent cooking. Her and my Father(Bill Hayes) were very good friends. I also had the privledge of caring for her husband Wilber in homecare / hospice. I will always remember Charlene fondly. So sorry for your loss.

Posted by Christine Perdue - centervulle, IA - Friend   March 26, 2016

Sorry for you loss. Hugs and prayers for you and your family. What a special lady she was. A wonderful cook.

Posted by Barb Meredith - Libby, MT - Friend   March 26, 2016

My sincerest condolences to the family. My thoughts are with you.

Posted by Winona Lawson Whitaker - Centerville, IA   March 26, 2016


So sorry to hear of your mother's passing. Please know that your family is in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

Cindy Donovan-Steahr

Posted by Cindy Donovan-Steahr - Centerville, IA - Acquaintance   March 25, 2016

Aunt Char was a special lady. Rest in peace.

Posted by rachael butler - Centerville, IA   March 25, 2016


We are so sorry for your loss.Aunt Charlene was a wonderful woman and she will be missed by many...may God ease the pain in your hearts.
Love you all Larry & Mary Shondel

Posted by Mary Shondel - Centerville, IA - Family   March 25, 2016

Hugs to you Charla, Ron and Ian. Momma Char was such a sweetheart and treated me like I was her own daughter. I remember when she would fix her homemade pizza for the slumber parties as well as her cinnamon rolls. She will be missed.

Posted by Julia Akins - Friend   March 25, 2016

Love you, Aunt Char. You were the best aunt a poor, onery, little kid could ask for.

Posted by Helen Leslie - Milan, MO - Family   March 25, 2016