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Diane Charlotte (Fanning) Fanning Hayes

Born: Fri., Jul. 1, 1955
Died: Sun., Dec. 20, 2020


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Diane Charlotte Fanning Hayes, 65, of Camden, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, December 20, 2020, at Rome Memorial Hospital after being stricken at home.

She was born on July 1, 1955, in Rome, the daughter of Donald and Carol Stephenson Fanning.  As a child, she attended Camden Elementary School and Camden Central Junior and Senior High School, graduating in 1973.

She attended Camden United Methodist Church in her youth.

After graduation, she began working at the Black Lantern Restaurant in Camden as a short-order cook.  Her mother worked with her as a waitress.  Diane was an excellent cook. She inherited her mother’s cooking talents and helped to make holiday meals very special.  Then she went to work at Harden Furniture for forty-three years in the upholstery and rubbing departments.  She retired in 2016.

On July 16, 1993, Diane married Michael L. Hayes at their home on Florence Hill Rd.  She and Mike had a wonderful marriage together.  They enjoyed going to garage sales and hosting sales at their home.  Together, they had many nice trips, especially enjoying New Orleans.  They purchased the summer home of Lester and Bette Quinn called “Idle Acres” to enjoy in their retirement.  They only had a few years to enjoy their property, but the time they had there was enjoyed by them and their family and friends.

Diane was predeceased by her husband on October 1, 2016, after a courageous battle with cancer.  She was also predeceased by her parents, her brother, Tim, her brother-in-law, Danny “Jovial” Hayes, and her sister-in-law, Laurie Hayes Britton.

Surviving are her stepson, Senator (Meaghan) Hayes; her step-grandsons, Mason and Lawson; her two sisters, Donna (James) Christmas, and Susan Fanning; her brother, Tom Fanning; her three sisters-in-law, Judi Hayes, Sharon Comstock, and Carol Hayes; a brother-in-law, Jim Britton; and many beloved nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Private services will be held at the convenience of the family.  Interment will take place in Fish Creek Landing Cemetery in the spring.  The family will hold a celebration of life at a future date.  There are no public calling hours.  Arrangements have been entrusted to the LaRobardiere Funeral Home, Inc., 109 Main St., Camden.  Memorial contributions may be made in Diane’s memory to the Michael L. Hayes Memorial Scholarship, c/o Community Bank, Main St., Camden, NY, 13316, the Abraham House, 417 N. Washington St., Rome, NY, 13440, or the Camden Ambulance Service, PO Box 222, Camden, NY, 13316.  You may view obituary and send a message of condolence online at www.larobardierefuneralhome.com.

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Jacky & Jim Hummel
   Posted Mon December 21, 2020
How very sad to learn of Diane’s passing. Sending peace, love and comfort to the family as we continue to hold you all in our prayers. The reunion of Mike and Diane will be a glorious celebration! RIP Diane.

Fran Hannon
   Posted Tue December 22, 2020
We are sorry to hear of Diane’s passing. She was a wonderful lady. You are all in our prayers and thoughts.

Gary Widrig
   Posted Tue December 22, 2020
As we all sit in shock during this holiday season we are thinking of your family as last year struck us down too. It doesn't get easier. Please except our condolences at this terrible shock. Please keep our family informed on latest updates. We are thinking of you all at this time. She was a big part of our family for many years. We will miss her.

Carol mcgowan
   Posted Tue December 22, 2020
So sorry to hear of your loss. My prayers are with you.

Caroline smith
   Posted Tue December 22, 2020
sam and I just wanted to say how sorry we are to hear about diane passing but know shes with Mike now and happier than ever ! Diane and Mike are both great people and friends they both rest in piece now

Sharon Comstock
   Posted Tue December 22, 2020
I underestimated Diane's strength and determination. I never thought she would stay in her and Mike's marital home after he passed, but she did. It was not the easy thing to do, but she did it because it was their home together. I will miss her as much as I miss him and always be grateful for the the time I spent with her. You should know that my mother said many times how thankful she was for Diane because she didn't have to worry about Mike anymore once they settled down together (and not just because Diane worried enough for both of them!) She and Mike shared a genuine love and it was obvious to all who knew them. I am comforted in my belief that they are now together forever.

Carl and Monica Goodwill
   Posted Tue December 22, 2020
We are sure that Diane will be missed by many. Camden is losing a strong member of their fine community. Please accept our condolences.

Randy Blowers
   Posted Tue December 22, 2020
So sorry to hear, we will miss you but know you are with Mike now. God has blessed me with knowing you both RIP Diane

Shireen and Merlyn Merritt
   Posted Tue December 22, 2020
We were shocked and saddened to learn of Diane’s passing. We send our heartfelt condolences to the entire family and friends. She will be missed by so many, but are comforted to know she, Mike and many family members are together again...with Jesus this Christmas.

Mary Jo and Steve Britton
   Posted Wed December 23, 2020
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Fanning family. Diane was a wonderful lady that always took the time for others. Her and Mike were always wonderful to my mom and for that we will be forever grateful. It saddens us to hear of her passing at such a young age. May she Rest In Peace and may her joyous reunion with Mike be of some comfort.

Dwayne Metott
   Posted Wed December 23, 2020
I am so sorry and shocked to see of Diane passing. You all are in my thoughts and prayers.

Linda and mark schwartz
   Posted Thu December 24, 2020
Our sincere condolences to your whole family. Our families have been friends for many years and I have many memories of fun times with diane I will cherish. My kids also thought alot of diane. May good memories help you through this difficult time.

Willard J Wolcott
   Posted Thu December 24, 2020
So sorry to hear of Diane's passing. Condolences to the family in their time of grief.

Greg and Lorie Harden
   Posted Sat December 26, 2020
We are very sorry to hear that Diane passed. Losing Mike was tough and she deserved to catch a few good breaks -‘particularly a lot of years with friends and family. She was great to work with - a little dry humor and could be a little grumpy, but underneath there was a huge heart and a lot of talent. Condolences to all -a tough way to spend the holidays in a year when things were pretty tough already.

Donna L Campbell
   Posted Mon December 28, 2020
Those we hold closest to our hearts never truly leave us. They live on in the kindness they have shared and the love they brought into our lives. My sincere condolences to you and your family.

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