Irene Giesela Hayes

On November 9, 2020 Irene returned to the loving arms of her eternal companion.   Irene was born April 13, 1940 in Tilsit, East Prussia to Walter and Ida Oltersdorf.  When Irene was a young girl, her family moved to Germany.  And later as a 19-year old teenager, along with her parents and younger brother.  Moved to the United States and made their home in Salt Lake City, Utah   She attended LDS Business College where she met the love of her life, Terry Hayes.   And on September 3, 1963. They were sealed for time and all eternity in the Salt Lake City Temple.  Irene was a faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.  She was very active in the Scouting Program, the Young Women’s Program, the Church Relief Society, and the Church Genealogy.  She also worked for many years as a Temple worker in the Salt Lake and the St. George Temple.  Irene loved to sing.  And on Sundays, you would see her sitting at the front of the chapel with members of the church choir during Sacrament Meeting.   From 1998 to 2000 she served an LDS Mission to the Quezon City Philippines Mission with Terry. She loved to share the gospel of Jesus Christ to the people of Quezon City. And continued to share the gospel, long after they were released from their Mission.  And returned home to Salt Lake City, Utah.    Irene worked for many years as a school lunch lady for various school districts in the Salt Lake area.  She was loved and adored by the numerous children who walked through the cafeteria doors.  And will always be remembered as the best lunch lady.   Irene had a green thumb. And it showed by how beautiful her flowers looked, how green her grass was and how yummy and big her vegetable where.   She also loved to crochet and bake.  Irene had a huge heart and always had a smile for everyone she met.   She is survived by a brother, Chris and Janice Oltersdorf and 4 loving children, John and Trudy Hayes, Iris and Steve Anderson, Sharon Hayes, and Robert and Rebecca Hayes.  12 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, November 14, 2020 at 11am at the City View Memoriam Funeral Home, 1001 E. 11th Ave, Salt Lake City, Utah 84103.  There will be a viewing one hour prior to the service.  Interment will take place in the City View Memoriam.

We also would like to extend a heartfelt Thank You to Sun Tree Home and Hospice. And to all the staff at Bella Terra of St. George, Utah for the excellent care and love they gave to our mother over the past 2 ½ years.

Arrangements are made under the direction of Spilsbury Mortuary, 110 S Bluff St, St. George, Utah and City View Memoriam, 1001 E 11th Ave, Salt Lake City, UT 84103. Friends and family are invited to sign her online guestbook at









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4 Responses

  1. We are saddened to hear about the passing of Irene. She was a great lady and we have many fond memories of her. What a great role model of service and dedication to both her family and her God. May you all feel comfort knowing that she is with Terry again. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Hayes family at this difficult time.

  2. “Irene Irene you know what we mean “ that’s what we girls used to say to her. Of course we had to add are own accent. What a true and genuine woman and such an inspiration to me. Her kindness and caring disposition and continued support growing up I will never forget. Will remember her always.

  3. Oh my dear friend Irene. How I have missed you since you left Salt Lake and moved to St George. I Loved visiting you there as often as I could and also loved your visits to my home when you came to Salt Lake. I know how lonesome you’ve been since your beloved Terry left us. How he did love and care for you – Momma! Now you are together and having a beautiful reunion – never to be separated again. Love is eternal.

    You have raised a beautiful family and I know how proud you are of them. FAMILIES are FOREVER! They will miss you so much, but your family and all of us are thrilled you are no longer bound by this earthly body holding you down. You can walk, run, dance, talk, laugh, joke and love again. We will all miss you!

    I will miss you even more my friend. Give Terry a big hug for me. And please find my Al up there in heaven and give him an even bigger hug for me. I Love you my dear friend Irene. I will treasure our friendship forever. Until we meet again. ❤Joelle

  4. John, Iris, Sharon, Robert,
    For the last couple weeks thoughts of your mother have come to mind. How sorry I am to have only now, taken the time to look into it and find that she just passed. As one of your dad’s younger cousins, I have known your parents since I was a young girl, and the memories that are clear to me are the love and respect they had for each other, their pride of each of you children and their caring about extended family, regularly finding time to visit my mom, Aunt Lila. It was fun to keep up on their many adventures of their life with excited anticipation always knowing everything would be fine because God and each other were part of their plan. Sharing childhood stories with you kids about your mom’s homemade bread sandwiches (a staple at your house, but a gourmet treat to most kids at your school) that could be traded for just about anything at school lunch, was always a favorite of mine. Your parents were excited when they moved down to Washington and were thrilled to end up so close to Iris & Steve. What a comfort to them. I’m sure there was a glorious reunion as your parents reunited with each other, family and friends.
    Even with Covid distancing restrictions I’m sorry I missed the chance to pay tribute and see each of you kids and your families. I hope you will keep on touch.

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