Doris Gaunt-Haye, age 88, of Wayne
Posted: 12 January, 2018
Funeral services for Doris Gaunt-Haye, age 88, of Wayne will be held at First United Methodist Church in Wayne on Saturday, January 20th at 10:30 a.m. Visitation will be at Hasemann Funeral Home of Wayne on Friday from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. With family present. Interment will be at Greenwood Cemetery in Wayne. She passed away Thursday, January 11th, at the Wakefield Health Care Center. Memorials may be directed to the Alzheimer’s Association.
Doris 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, Missouri, 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 December 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, Nebraska, 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.
Doris 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.
She is survived by her husband, John, and his family; her daughters, Marsha Alexander of Hopkins, Minnesota, Vicki Nicholson of Apex, North Carolina, 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.
Instead of flowers, please consider donations to an Alzheimer's Disease research foundation, such as UsAgainstAlzheimers.org, or memorials for future designation by the family. To honor Doris's wishes and celebrate her life, please dress colorfully.
Hasemann Funeral Homes
302 North Lincoln Street
Wayne, Nebraska 68787 402.375.3100