Nina was born on March 7, 1915, in Mortimer, N.C., to the late Joseph Langston Hayes and Ellen Daisy Franklin Hayes. She also was preceded in death by: her husband of 56 years, Mason Hoye; her sister, Ruby Caroline Hayes Cook; and her nephew, Robert L. Hoye.
She is survived by: her daughter, Susan E. Hoye of Salem, Va.; cherished grandchildren, Alan Albert (Sharon) of Stilwell, Kan., and Hoye Bishop (Jose Ariza-Lamas) of Seville, Spain; great-grandchildren, Amanda Albert of Manhattan, Kan., Sarah Albert of Stilwell and William Mason Ariza-Bishop of Seville; her niece and nephew, Nina Caroline Cook Mosrie (A.J.) of Blountville, Tenn., and Joseph Hayes Cook of Austin, Texas; other beloved nieces and nephews, Shirley Romagnoli (Joe) of Charleston, W.Va., Meredith Williams (Eloise) of Boomer, W.Va., Geraldine Farley of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Samuel Hoye (Ida Jayne) of Chattanooga, Tenn., Stephen Hoye (Cindy) of Morrisville, N.C., James M. Hoye (Dee) of Goode, Va., Randolph Hoye (Nelda) of Kenbridge, Va., Nancy Mufti (Abed) of Richmond, Va., Mary Antons (Leo) of Marietta, Ohio, and Dr. James R. Hoye (Christina) of Troutville, Va.; many great nieces and nephews; and many, many friends still here to cherish her memory.
Nina was a graduate of Mars Hill Academy and Mars Hill College in Mars Hill, N.C. She went on to finish her studies at James Madison University (then Harrisonburg State Teachers College). She did her graduate work at Northwestern University and Virginia Tech. She taught first in Boone County, W.Va., schools, then following her husband’s company transfers, in Rabun County, Jasper County, S.C., and her last 33 years of teaching were in Roanoke County, Va., schools where she retired. She was loved and admired by many of her students in each location and still remembered by many of them now. She was an active member in the teachers’ honorary society, Delta Kappa Gamma, Iota State, Beta Tau Chapter. She was a member of the Eastern Star of Boone County. Nina made and kept many friendships wherever she made her home. She was a dedicated school teacher and at one point was appointed by the Virginia Education Department to teach a pilot program taking exceptional students through three elementary grades in two years. This was a very successful and exciting assignment for Nina.
Nina was a “company child,” as her father was employed by the W.M. Ritter Lumber Co. He was transferred throughout western North Carolina, southwestern Virginia and finally to West Virginia. Her future husband was employed by the same lumber company in Barrett, W.Va.
In 1939, she began her new life as a “company wife.” Nina and Mason’s home was a popular place for friends and family to visit. Almost every Saturday evening friends would come to their house to sing around the piano where Nina played hymns.
Among her many talents, Nina was an expert seamstress, learned basket weaving and chair caning, lover of all crafts, and was well known for her delicious cooking. Whenever family or friends came to her home, the table was always heavily laden with delicious food.
Nina will be remembered most for her love and dedication to her husband and her family. Wherever she lived, Nina was always active in the Women’s Society of Christian Women, associated with the Methodist Church. She and her family were active members of Barrett (W.Va.) Community Church, Clayton First United Methodist Church and St. Paul Methodist Church in South Carolina. At her passing, she was a loved and well-known member of First United Methodist Church in Salem, Va. At First United Methodist Church, she taught her Della Bradley Sunday school class for many years, helped her husband with the treasury function and served on many committees. During World War II, she served the Boone County Red Cross by knitting hundreds of socks, vests and helmet liners for U.S. soldiers serving in Europe. Outside of church and school, she was a devoted aunt to her nieces and nephews and a loving grandmother who enjoyed her grandchildren and great-grandchildren to the fullest.
The family also wishes to thank Woodhaven Nursing Home, Dr. Gene Godwin, and Dr. Daniel Jones for their professional and loving care.
A graveside service was held Wednesday at Sherwood Memorial Gardens in Salem, Va. A memorial service followed at First United Methodist Church.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations in Nina’s memory be made to First United Methodist Church, the Salem Rescue Squad or Good Samaritan Hospice.
John M. Oakey & Son Funeral Home & Crematory is in charge of arrangements. An online guestbook is available at www.johnmoakey.com.
The Clayton Tribune, Nov. 3, 2011