Pastor Dwight and Maxine Hayes will celebrate their 65th anniversary with their family on Thanksgiving this year.
Pastor Hayes and the former Maxine Merriman were united in marriage Nov. 3, 1951, at Morgan Park Methodist Church in Chicago.
Dwight and Maxine have served churches in many Ohio cities including the Niles Methodist Church and the Newton Falls United Methodist Church.
Dwight grew up in Warren and Maxine grew up in Illinois. He has been a board president of a Habitat for Humanity affiliate and president of the Conneaut Area Historical Society. She worked as a part-time secretary at a few schools over the years as well as church secretary when needed. In Warren, she was a secretary-bookkeeper at the Federal Machine and Welder Company.
They are parents of John (Sue) Hayes of Macedonia and David Hayes of Wooster and Susan (Michael) Adams of Medina. Their grandchildren are Joshua Adams, Virginia “Ginnie” Adams, Gabriel “Gabe” Adams, James (Hillary) Hayes and Sarah Hayes. Diana Valentine Monaghan “adopted” them as parents when her biological parents died more than 40 years ago.
The couple enjoy camping, traveling, and visiting family and friends. She has a green thumb when it comes to house plants and has crocheted over 100 rugs. He enjoys reading and writing, and has had several articles printed in professional journals.
In 2000, Maxine and Dwight moved to Wooster, where they still reside.