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Barbara J. "Boots" Hayden

Barbara J. "Boots" Hayden

Barbara J. “Boots” Hayden age 67 of Durand, died Friday August 18, 2017 at her home with her family by her side.

Boots was born June 9, 1950 in Durand.  She was the daughter of Walter L. and Eldora M. (McKernon) Hovland and grew up in Durand and graduated from Durand High School in in 1968.  Boots married David R. Hayden November 11, 1972 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Durand.  Boots worked for 11 years at the Durand Bakery.  She then worked for the Durand Coast to Coast, the Durand Courthouse, Countryside Coop-Ace Hardware and Econo Foods until ill health forced her to retire.

Boots enjoyed shopping, working with flowers, playing cards and she was a huge Elvis Presley fan.

Boots is survived by her husband of 44 years, David, two sisters, Patricia (Daniel) Seipel of Pepin, Phyllis Lee of Durand, two brothers, Walter “Sonny” (friend Diane) Hovland of Nelson, Randy (Nancy) Hovland of Durand, many nieces, nephews, seven Godchildren, and other relatives and friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents.

Visitation will be held from 4:00 to 8:00 PM Thursday August 24, 2017 at the Rhiel Funeral Home in Durand with a prayer service at 7:00 PM Thursday night. Private burial will be held at Holy Rosary Cemetery-Lima, Durand.

Rhiel Funeral Home & Cremation Services of Durand is serving the family.


  1. Dean Tabor

    So sorry to hear about Boots. I graduated with her from Durand high school back in 1968. She was really a nice lady. May God bless your family. Dean and Denise Tabor

  2. John and Patty Wayne

    Our Deepest Sympathy for your family loss. I always enjoyed Boots laughter and since a humor.

  3. Crystal Dow

    I'm very sorry to hear of Boots' passing---she was great and always so full of smiles. She helped everyone she could, and will be remembered as a great, loving person that I was great to have been in her life,as well,as having her in my life too. I'm sorry----Crystal Dow

  4. Kris Polzer

    So sorry to hear of Boots passing. Our sincere sympathy to Dave and the rest of her family.

    Kris and Dave Polzer

  5. Mike Doverspike

    I want to express my hope and prayers for you and all in your family for your loss. It's not easy but know there are prayers for all.

  6. Patti Blount

    Sorry to hear about the passing of Boots. Sympathy to Dave and the family during this difficult time.

  7. Jim Hayden

    Dave our prayers go out to Boots and You as well as the rest of the family. May Boots rest in peace.

  8. patrick brantner

    sorry for your lose.

  9. John Bertelson

    Dave, I want to express my sincere sympathy to you and your family in the passing of Boots. I will always remember what a fun and happy person she was. Take care.

  10. Jim, Becky, Vincent & Marnie Britton

    So sorry for your loss. She was a great woman who lived life with passion and love! Someday we will meet again. Jim, Becky, Vincent and Marnie Britton

    An Irish Prayer
    May the road rise up to meet you.
    May the wind be always at your back.
    May the sun shine warm upon your face,
    The rains fall soft upon your fields,
    and until we meet again,
    May God hold you in the palm of his hand.

  11. Nancy Bauer

    Sending deepest sympathy to Dave and the family and all who loved Boots.

  12. Pat and Joyce Mulheron

    Deepest Sympathy Dave. May the memories you shared with Boots bring comfort to you at this time. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  13. Lindsay "Dinny" Pomasl Koepke

    We are so sorry for the loss of your dear "Boots". She was a special lady. Boots and I go waaay back to grade school, junior high and high school. Dean and I will be there to hug you on Thursday.

  14. Patricia

    So sorry for your loss Uncle Dave. Boots always had a smile on her face and was always eager to lend a hand to anyone who needed it. She will be deeply missed.

  15. Rodney and Patricia Hurlburt

    Heartfelt Sympathy to you Dave and Boot's Family

  16. Judy john parr

    Sorry to read about this you all have our prayers

  17. Nick &a Sue Sperger

    Sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. Boots was a wonderful person.

  18. Roger Black

    Sorry too hear this Dave. My sincerest condolences to you!

  19. Jill Radle

    Deepest sympathy to all the family. Boots was a wonderful person. Had the honor of working with her at Econo Foods many years ago. God Bless.

  20. Karla Walters

    Patricia and family, sincere sympathy for the loss of your sister. Prayers and thoughts for the family.

  21. Karla Walters

    Patricia and family, sincere sympathy for the loss of your sister. Prayers and thoughts for the family.

  22. In Loving Memory...

    As I sit in Heaven and watch
    you everyday
    I try to let you know with signs
    I never went away.

    I hear you when you’re laughing
    And watch you while you sleep
    I even place my arms around you
    To calm you when you weep

    I see you wish the days away
    Begging me to be home
    So I try to send you signs so you
    Know you are not alone

    Don’t feel guilty that you have
    Life that was denied to me
    Heaven is truly beautiful just
    You wait and see

    So live your life, laugh again
    Enjoy yourself, be free
    Then, I know with every breath you
    Take you’ll be taking one for me.

  23. Kristine Polzer

    So sorry to hear of Boot's passing. She always had a smile when she met you. Thinking about you Dave and the rest of her family.

    Sincerely, Dave and Kris Polzer

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