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Annita L. (Zerger) Hayes – July 31, 2020

Monday, August 10th, 2020


Annita L. (Zerger) Hayes

It is with great sadness that the family of Annita L. (Zerger) Hayes announces her passing.  She passed away peacefully in her Janesville home on Friday, July 31, 2020 after a four year battle with ALS.  She was born in Burbank, California.  She met her husband, M. Dale Hayes in Ukiah California and was married there on July 15, 1960.

She enjoyed sewing, cooking, and canning. While her children were in 4-H she was an instructor with the 4-H group where she taught young girls how to sew and cook.  She taught her children to treat other people as they would want to be treated, that they could become anything they wanted to be, and that life and love is like a roller coaster.

Annita felt a strong connection to the Lassen County California area so her and her husband, Dale, settled down in the Susanville/Janesville area about 30 years ago.  In her retirement years she loved to travel to Fort Bragg or Eagle Lake located in California.

In her retirement years her greatest joys were being actively involved with The Community Church in Susanville, which also included folding the weekly bulletins, and then lunch with a dear friend.  She loved her bible study group, and made some really good friends there.  She also looked forward to greeting people as they came into the church building.  Everyone was welcomed with a smile, and a hug.   Because she had such a gentle soul and a strong faith in her religion, she was an inspiration to many people.  She loved life and greeted every morning with a smile.

She is survived by her husband of sixty years of marriage, M. Dale Hayes, her daughters, Karen Hayes, Mary Jackson (Brett Jackson), and Debby Burnett (Robert Burnett), her sister Evelyn Zerger, and brother John Albright.    She also left behind six grandchildren: Jacob, Brandon, Robert, Cassidy, Angela, and Ryan, as well as five great grandchildren: Mikayala, Michael, Haley, Isabella, and Skylar.  Although she did not get to see her family often, she loved them all dearly.

The family is going to privately celebrate her life.   In lieu of flowers she would have wished that donations be made to a church, ALS foundation, or to a favorite charity in her memory.

She has fulfilled a lifelong dream of meeting Jesus.

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