Doris Gaunt-Haye, 88, of Wayne, died Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018 at the Wakefield Health Care Center in Wakefield.
Services will be held Saturday, Jan. 20 at 10:30 a.m. at First United Methodist Church in Wayne. The Rev. Kyle Nelson will officiate. Visitation will be Friday, Jan. 19 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Hasemann Funeral Home of Wayne with family present. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery in Wayne. To honor Doris's wishes and celebrate her life, please dress colorfully.
Memorials may be directed to an Alzheimer's Disease research foundation, such as UsAgainstAlzheimers.org, or memorials for future designation by the family.
Arrangements are with Hasemann Funeral Home in Wayne.
Doris Granquist Gaunt (Haye) was born April 29, 1929 in Wayne County to Alma (Straight) and Anton Granquist. Doris was a lifelong resident of Wayne County until her recent years spent in nearby Wakefield. Doris was Anton and Alma's treasured baby girl, born the last of eight children. However, due to infant and toddler deaths, she grew up with only three beloved older siblings, Joy, Glenn, and Burdette. Doris attended a one-room country school in nearby Dixon County through the eighth grade, when she was needed as a farm-hand on the family farm while her brothers served in World War II. On Mother's Day 1944, Doris met William "Howard" Gaunt of Buffalo, Mo., who was stationed with the Army Air Corps on the campus of Wayne State College. After a mostly long-distance courtship, exchanging letters and photos, Howard returned to Wayne immediately after his discharge, proposed, and they were married in Wayne on Dec. 16,1945. They jointly operated the Granquist-Gaunt Trucking Company along with Doris's brother, Burdette, until Burdette's untimely death in 1952. After dissolving the trucking company, Doris and Howard began farming alongside Doris's dad and mom on adjacent farms north of Wayne, where they remained and raised four children, Marsha, Vicki, Brenda, and Jay, until retiring from farming in 1986.
After leaving the farm, Howard was semi-retired and Doris continued working at Swan's Women's Apparel, where she had started in 1980. Also in 1980, Doris fulfilled a life-long goal and obtained her GED. She also completed some fashion merchandising classes at Northeast Community College. She loved her job and the interaction with customers at Swan's, and by all reports, they loved her, too. She especially liked recommending coordinated outfits, arranging merchandise in the windows, and even steaming the wrinkles out of new shipments of clothes! Doris remained at Swan's through the years of Howard's decline with Alzheimer's Disease, and beyond. Howard passed away in 1995, before they could celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary. In 1997, Doris married John Haye of Lyons, and she retired soon after so they could travel, primarily to visit their children and grandchildren, spending as much time with family and dear friends as possible. In 2014, Doris moved to the Wakefield Health Care Center, and John joined her there in 2015, where he continues to reside.
Survivors include her husband, John, and his family; her daughters, Marsha Alexander of Hopkins, Minn., Vicki Nicholson of Apex, N.C., Brenda Gaunt (special friend Carl Jenness) of Lincoln; and son, Jay (Eileen) Gaunt of Omaha; grandchildren, Wade (Amy) Nicholson, Tammy (Mike) Keadle, Breanna (Wes) Townsend, Austen (Carly Jo) Alexander, Jeremy (Laura) Gaunt, Drew (Jessica) McDaniel, Natalie McDaniel, and Brandon Gaunt; great-grandchildren, Kiersten and Karissa Nicholson; Justice, Trenton, and Aislyn Townsend; Magnolia, Heidi, and Eloise McDaniel; and Mariah and Martin Howard Gaunt; and great-great-granddaughter, Tianna Nicholson.
She was preceded in death by her beloved grandparents, parents, toddler brothers Clyde and Dean, an infant sister, Viola Mildred, and a stillborn baby boy. She also was preceded by her first husband, Howard; adult brothers Burdette and Glenn Granquist, and sister Joy Gettman; aunts, uncles, cousins, in-laws, and her nephew, Barry Gettman; and, sons-in-law Launce Airhart, Will Alexander, and Rod Nicholson.
Pallbearers will be Drew McDaniel, Natalie McDaniel, Jeremy Gaunt, Brandon Gaunt, Austen Alexander, Wade Nicholson, Tammy Nicholson-Keadle and Steve Sampson.