Letitia D. Hayes
LADY LAKE, FLA- Letitia D. Hayes (Boris), 81, died Saturday, Sept 14, 2013 at her home in The Villages, Lady Lake, Fla. Formerly of Ellington, CT, she was the widow of Paul Boris, and is survived by her first husband, Robert K. Hayes.
A native of Blackstone, she was a daughter of the late John and Frances (Dwyer) Donlon.
Letitia gained early recognition as a gifted coloratura-soprano and began voice studies at the age of 12 under Eva Tancrell. A 1949 graduate of Blackstone High School, she matriculated to the Julliard School of Music in New York City where she studied under both Lucia Dunham and Frank La Forge.
Letitia sang as a member of the Scholara Cantorum of New York City and appeared on several occasions at Carnegie Hall and the Metropolitan Opera House. She also appeared once with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of London. Her career extended to the Bushnell Theatre where she sang with the Connecticut Opera Company and the CT Gilbert and Sullivan Company.
While music was her first love, family was her true love. She moved to Ellington (CT) in 1963. Over the next 28 years, Letitia was a permanent fixture at her children and grandchildren's sports activities and she always provided a welcome and familiar voice from the stands. She was a member of the St. Luke's choir and sang numerous weddings for family and friends.
The past two decades, her passion for life was fueled by Paul A. Boris who passed in 2011. Letitia and Paul enjoyed The Villages and maintained an active lifestyle as golfers and members of the Connecticut and Irish Clubs. Letitia took up golf at an early age (59) and finished her career with three holes in one! The UConn womens basketball team and her beloved Boston Red Sox were also longtime passions.
Her final curtain call came one week before her passing when she sang Ave Maria with her four children at her bedside. The notes were barely more than a whisper, but she missed not a single verse.
Toodle-oo Mom and may you rest in peace. You were dearly loved and will be greatly missed.
She is survived by her children, Robert D. Hayes and his wife Rose-Anne of Stafford;Letitia A. Hayes and her husband Frank Jurgens of Mystic;John R. Hayes of Lady Lake, FL; and Kevin Hayes and his wife Ann Marie of Ellington. She also leaves five grandchildren, Tom and Kate Powers; Kelly Hayes and Danny and Erin Hayes; a sister Frances E. Healey of Woonsocket, RI; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her brother John V. Donlon of Blackstone.
Letitia's family will receive relatives and friends on Sunday, September 22, 2013 from 1-4 p.m. at Burke-Fortin Funeral Home, 76 Prospect St., Rockville, CT. Her funeral mass will be celebrated on Monday, September 23 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Bernard Church in Rockville. Internment will follow at Ellington Center Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimers Association-CT Chapter.
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