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Rose Hayes

Aug. 13, 1909-Feb. 15, 2010

Former Detroit Lakes resident Rose V. Hayes, 100, of Frazee, died Monday, February 15, 2010 at the Frazee Care Center in Frazee.

Funeral services for Rose are set for 2 p.m. Friday, February 19 at First Lutheran Church, Detroit Lakes, with Reverend David Peterson officiating. There will be visitation for one hour prior to serves at the church.

Rose Viola Bankord was born to John and Anne Lisa (Ohlgren) Bankord on August 13, 1909 in Bovey, Minn. She was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran faith. During her younger years, she attended rural school in Otter Tail County. She then attended school for two years in Sebeka, Minn., and finished her junior and senior years of high school in Virginia, Minn.

After graduating high school, Rose went to St. Mary's Hospital in Detroit Lakes and completed her training in nursing, graduating from the St. Mary's program as a registered nurse. Her first job as an RN was at St. Mary's Hospital, where she spoke fluent Finnish and was often used as an interpreter.

Rose later went on to work for the Veteran's Hospital in Milwaukee, Wis. While working in Milwaukee, she found love and was united in marriage with John "Jack" Hayes. She worked as a nurse in Amarillo, Dumas and Houston Texas as well as Park Rapids, Minn., before retiring in 1985.

Rose and John moved to Detroit Lakes in the spring of 1990. John passed away in the fall of 1990. Rose kept herself busy, quilting with her friends at First Lutheran, going on coffee outings with her girlfriends and keeping in close touch with her family.

Rose enjoyed cooking, reading, and reminiscing about past memories of time growing up with family and friends. She also loved to shop, and gave meaning to the phrase "shop till you drop" as she could shop for hours on end.

Rose had a giving personality, whether it was for the sick or hungry she carried her nursing experience throughout life. Even when she was a resident in Frazee Rose shared her caring nature with her roommates over the years.

Rose will be remembered and dearly missed by her grandson, John (Marcia) Hayes of Houston, Texas; granddaughter Kari Farrin of Denver, Colo.; great granddaughter Eduarda Hayes of Honolulu, Hawaii; niece Hazel Bimberg of Frazee; along with several other nieces, nephews and friends.

Preceding Rose in death were her parents; husband John; two daughters, Carol and Mary; sisters Hilda, Julia, Jennie and Ester; and brothers William and Elmer, along with three other brothers that died in infancy.

David-Donehower Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Memories of Rose may be shared online at