Colleen R. Hays

Published May 4, 2014 at 12:01AM

May 4, 1956 – April 1, 2014

Bend, Oregon

Born in Moses Lake, Washington at Larson Air Force Base, on May 4, 1956 to Retired Master Sargent Richard Sanger (preceding her death on April 24, 2009) and his wife of 54 years, Kathleen. Colleen was married and passed away with her husband, George Simchuk (Married April 18, 2009) in a tragic plane accident.

Colleen is predeceased by her son, David Hays (May 11, 1996) and is survived by two children: Jennifer Hays of San Diego, CA; Jonathan Hays of Napa, CA; four grandchildren: Alexandra, Angelina, Gabriella and Christina; her mother, Kathleen Sanger of Central Point, OR; five siblings, David, Carolyn, Russell, Corinne and Dale and numerous nieces and nephews.

Colleen worked tirelessly to support philanthropic causes around the world and was an advocate for several organizations, including CASA, Susan G. Komen, Doctors Without Borders, The Make a Wish Foundation, Salvation Army and many homeless organizations. As a devoted advocate for children’s charities, breast cancer research and simply doing her part to make the world a better place, Colleen created the Hays Family Foundation as a vehicle to give to multiple organizations. To continue in this effort, in lieu of flowers, please make tax-deductible donations to:

The Hays Family Foundation

9974 Scripps Ranch Blvd., #402

San Diego, CA 92131

Tax ID# 82-0521546

A gravesite memorial service for family and friends will be held on May 18, 2014 at 11am at Siskiyou Memorial Park in Medford, Oregon. A Celebration of Life will be held immediately following at The Meadows Clubhouse, 555 Freeman Road in Central Point.