Betty Jean McDonald Hayes

February 16, 1921- August 4, 2016

Betty Jean McDonald Hayes

The final curtain has fallen on a life well-lived. Betty touched the lives of many through the years. She started her own dance studio at the age of 15 in Indianapolis during the Depression to earn money for her training. In 1950, she moved to Kokomo and started a dance studio downtown on the courthouse square. Later, she moved the studio to the Hoffer St. location. In the 1960s she became a volunteer instructor for the instruction of impaired children, an organization of which Gene Kelly was Honorary Chairman. Betty loved to choreograph shows and used her talent to choreograph musicals for Kokomo Civic Theater, of which she was a Life Member. She finally hung up her dance shoes at the age of 88. She then taught exercise at the facility where she lived, teaching her last class six days before her passing. Betty was born in Indianapolis on February 16, 1921 to James E. and Kathleen McDonald. She met and married the love of her life, Grant A. Hayes.

She is survived by their two children, Janice Hayes Snowden, Indianapolis and son Jim T. (Connie), Pagosa Springs, CO. and grandchildren, Julia Smith, Indianapolis, Rebecca Campbell (Eddy), Logansport, Brenda Strictland (Gene), Madison, David Beaudin (Debra), Noblesville, Robert Marketon-Snowden (Amanda), Tacoma, WA., Christine Griggs, Kokomo, Nell McGuire (Chad), Kokomo, fourteen great grandchildren, and twelve great great grandchildren.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents, brother, Cameron McDonald, husband, Grant, and son-in-law, Robert Snowden.


With love and gratitude always, Betty. Rest In Peace, dear teacher.

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