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Maxine Leona (Putman) Hay, 91, formerly of Gouverneur
Saturday, August 28, 2010 - 8:25 am

Maxine Leona (Putman) Hay, age 91, formerly of Gouverneur, died August 27, 2010, at the St. Regis Nursing Home in Massena where she had been a resident since March of 2004.

A funeral service will held Wednesday, September 1, 2010, at 11 a.m., at the First Presbyterian Church, Gouverneur, with Mrs. Hay’s niece, The Reverend Judy Lee Hay, officiating.  Burial will follow in Riverside Cemetery, Gouverneur.  Friends may call at the Green Funeral Home, Gouverneur, on Tuesday, August 31, 2010, from 6 - 9 p.m.

Mrs. Hay is survived by a son and daughter, Scott G. Hay and his wife Wendy, of Manlius and Christine H. Gamble and her husband John, of Potsdam; three grandchildren, Jennifer L. Hay and Julie A. Weaver, both of Gouverneur, and Hilary M. Gamble of Syracuse; three great-grandchildren, Noah Macaulay, Madelynne Hay-Spano and Lola Weaver; two sisters, Eleanor Henderson of Philadelphia, New York, and Doris Whitmore of Watertown; two sisters-in-law, Doris Markwick of Gouverneur and Dorothy Putman of Florida and loving nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband Gordon S. Hay; two brothers, Ralph Putman and Donald Putman and a sister Zelda McKeever.

Maxine was born February 21, 1919, in Mexico, New York, to Leon and Leone Putman.  Mrs. Hay graduated from Antwerp High School in 1937 and in May of 1943, enlisted in the US NAVY W.A.V.E.S. (Women Accepted for Voluntary Emergency Services).  She served as Baker 2nd Class in Washington, D.C. for two years during World War II and received an Honorable Discharge in November of 1945. In July of 1948, she and Gordon S. Hay were married, and the couple resided in Gouverneur, where Mrs. Hay owned and operated Hay’s Tourist Home.  Mr. Hay, a retired car salesman and World War II veteran, died January 24, 1995.

Mrs. Hay was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church of Gouverneur, the EJ Noble Hospital Women’s Auxiliary, the Garden Club, Rebecca’s Society, and the local TOPS Club. For several years, Mrs. Hay served as an election inspector. 

She enjoyed baking, golfing, bowling, gardening, and above all, spending time with family and friends. 

Donations may be made to the First Presbyterian Church, 22 Church Street, Gouverneur, New York 13642, the St. Regis Nursing Home, 89 Grove Street, Massena, New York 13662, or to the Alzheimer’s Association, Central New York Chapter, 441 West Kirkpatrick Street, Syracuse, New York 13204.

Arrangements are with Green Funeral Home in Gouverneur.

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