LAKE PLACID — Lois Hafley Hinds passed away peacefully with her family at her side Monday, March 23, 2009 in Lake Placid..
Born in 1920, she was the daughter of Maude and Herbert Hafley of Delmar.
Mrs. Hinds graduated from Albany State University in 1942 with a degree in teaching. She went on to teach in Schroon Lake where she met and married her husband Charles Hinds. She moved to Skaneateles in 1955 and continued her teaching career at the high school for 10 years and another decade at Cayuga Community College.
In 1974 she started work with Onondaga County as the outreach worker assisting the elderly with legal, medical and health issues. She later worked for the town of Skaneateles directly to assist all persons with this program. It was her greatest pleasure to continue working with this program and watch its growth from a small program to one reaching many levels and ages of the members of the community.
In 2004 the town hosted a retirement celebration for her which included the presentation of a gold watch and a special commemorative poem written by Bruce Famoly. In the poem it summed up her 30-year career with the town as the person who” strove to give her best to others, to further their position, to give them honor and to give them the wealth of knowledge”
She was enormously grateful for the opportunity to work until she was 84 years old. The town board and employees treated her with respect and dignity and she cherished their friendships.
Another highlight in her life was the friendship and care given by Joy and Mike Bingham of Skaneateles. As neighbors for many years, they provided unqualified support, humor, help and companionship which enriched her life.
She is survived by her daughters: Cynthia Horrocks of Lake Placid and Barbara Yoksh of Chatham; their husbands, Terry Horrocks and John Yoksh; and two grandsons: Zachary Horrocks and Charles Yoksh.
She was predeceased by her son Charles Jr. who died in a mountain climbing accident in 1983.
At Mrs. Hinds’ request there was no funeral or memorial service. Burial will be in a private service with her family. She asked that her friends wishing to remember her to consider volunteering their time in Lake Placid at the Uihlein Center. She was most appreciative of the excellent nursing care she received while a resident there. In Skaneateles, those wishing to remember her may contribute to the “Laker Limo fund” or any Out Reach project in her name.