October 19, 2011 Janet Hayward passed away, 6 months after
the passing of her husband, Frank Hayward. Janet is survived
by 7 children, 35 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.
Janet was born on August 20, 1938 in Wayne County, Illinois.
She and her parents, Roy and Esther Melson, moved frequently
throughout the course of her childhood. She spent her early
childhood as an only child (her only brother, Roy, was born
in 1949). As both her parents worked outside the home, she
developed a strong sense of independence and self-sufficiency.
But she always dreamed of having a big family of her own.
She met Frank, her husband to be, in high school and they
were married after his first year of college. Her dream
was soon a reality. Esther, Ed, Kathy, Jeanna, Jerry, Roy
and Chuck eventually joined their family. Unlike her own
childhood, Janet determined from the beginning to give her
children the security of a large family. She was a stay-at-home
mom, involved in every aspect of her children’s lives.
Along with her husband, Janet joined the Church of Jesus
Christ of Latter Day Saints in 1962. This event enriched
her life, leading her to serve in numerous positions in
the church (everything from Sunday School teacher to pianist
to Relief Society president). In fact, teaching and leading
at church was a source of great fulfillment in her life.
She was a master teacher and touched countless lives with
her testimony and her example.
Janet was known for her kindness and sense of humor. It
would be impossible to count the number of Christian acts
of service she rendered throughout her 73 years. She never
let an opportunity go by to feed beggars, baby sit for overwhelmed
mothers, give anonymous gifts to those less fortunate etc.
The Hayward household was always full of laughter and fun,
largely due to her influence. She will be greatly missed,
but all her family is comforted by the thought of her being
able to rejoin her husband of 54 years, her parents and
Memorial services will be held Saturday, October 22,, 2011
at 2:00 p.m. at the American Fork 10th LDS Ward Chapel located
at 507 North 600 West, American Fork, Utah. Interment will
be in the Maple Hills Cemetery, Fairfield, Illinois. Funeral
Directors - Warenski Funeral Home of American Fork, Utah.