Thelma Irene (Mayfield) Haywood

Monday, March 14, 2016
Thelma Irene (Mayfield) Haywood

Thelma Irene Mayfield was born on April 23, 1925, at the Sutter Hospital in Sacramento, Calif., and deceased at Piggott, Ark., on March 14, 2016, age 90. A fifth generation Sacramento family member and the eldest child of Carl and Thelma May (Weldon) Mayfield. As an infant, she was baptized and christened at the Presbyterian Westminster Church at 13th and North Streets, Sacramento. During her early years, she lived at 23rd and F Streets and attended the Marshall Elementary School, the same elementary school attended by her mother Thelma and grandmother Sonora E. Crocker. While still a young girl, she took tap dancing and piano lessons that would spark a lifelong interest in dancing and music. She was also an active member of the Theta Rho Girls Club 1.00.F. Graduated from Sutter Junior High and Sacramento High School and was attending Sacramento City College when she married James E. Haywood of the U.S. Navy on March 20, 1944, Reno, Nev.

After World War II, she accompanied her husband to many different military stations, moving 13 times during his years of service. While living in Honolulu she took hula lessons, learned the Hawaiian language, played the ukulele and sang all the old Hawaiian songs. She worked for the State of California, Treasurer's Office as an Assistant Bond Officer for many years before her retirement. She was a member of the Eagles Ladies' Auxiliary Post # 61, Sacramento, and active and supportive member of Submarine Veterans of World War II, Wives Auxiliary. She loved to travel and had toured all 50 U.S. States, Canada and Australia. A dedicated genealogist she researched and established all her early day family histories. She loved to dance and was an accomplished ballroom dancer who taught her husband to be a respectable dancer. She suffered a stroke in 2001 that robbed her of her mobility and some memory, but her spirit to live never wavered. A sincere, dedicated, faithful wife and companion to her husband for 65 years. Loved and cherished by all whom knew her. Proceeded in death by her husband James Haywood, an infant daughter, her parents, and two brothers, Edwin Mayfield and Robert Mayfield. Survivors include her nephew, John Mayfield and wife Debra and many other relatives and friends.

A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, March 15, in the Piggott Cemetery with Kevin Murray officiating. Hoggard and Sons Funeral Home, of Piggott, is in charge of the arrangements.