Joan Rayo

Joan Marie Rayo

Thursday, July 2nd, 1931 - Monday, March 22nd, 2021
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Joan Marie Rayo (Hayes)
March 22, 2021
Joan Marie Rayo, 89, of Syracuse, died Monday at St. Camillus Nursing Home.
Joan led a long, happy and healthy life and retained her wonderful sense of
humor until the very end. Joan was a resident of the Syracuse area since 1940.
She was a homemaker and the beloved mother of six children and five grandchildren.
Her Father, John E. Hayes, died in 1972; Her Mother, Helen Hayes and her Sister,
Barbara Rich died in 2004. Joan’s Husband, John A. Rayo Sr. died in 2009 and their
first daughter, Linda, died in 1957 of Leukemia. Joan was a devout Wife and the most
loving and caring Mother that any child could ever wish for. She selflessly encouraged
and supported each of her children while providing a nurturing home for them to grow.
Once Joan’s children were grown, she chose to satisfy her longtime desire to enter the workforce and to play tennis. Joan played competitive tennis into her 80’s and never
forgot how much she enjoyed it. Joan often spoke of her happy upbringing with her
loving Parents and caring Siblings. But most of all, Joan loved to dance and
never missed an opportunity to express that great joy throughout her lifetime.
Joan is survived by her daughters, Susan Rayo of East Syracuse, Joan (Geoff) Adams
of Liverpool and Cathleen Scott of East Syracuse; by her sons, John (Marianne) Rayo Jr. of Rochester, NY and Robert (Susan) Rayo of Baldwinsville; by her grandchildren, Matthew, Christopher, Nicholas, Michael and Erin; by her sister, Helen (Arthur) Longden of Fayetteville, NY; by her brothers, John (Betty) Hayes of Sacramento, CA, Stephen Hayes of Spencerport, NY, David (Joan) Hayes of Washington, DC, and Paul (Sharon) Hayes of Atlanta, GA, and by a number of nieces and nephews. A private Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated in Blessed Sacrament Church, and entombment was in Woodlawn Cemetery. Contributions, in Joan’s memory, can be made to a local charity of one’s choice.
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Service Details

  • Service

    Blessed Sacrament Church
    3127 James Street
    SYRACUSE, NY 13206
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    Mass of Christian Burial will be private.
  • Interment

    Woodlawn Cemetery
    800 Grant Blvd.
    SYRACUSE, NY 13203
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Phyllis Lind

Posted at 08:14pm
I remember going to the house when Kathy was born & Joan was cooking breakfast and I was so amazed. I remember the kids were camping were fishing with marshmallows. We always had lots and lots of laughs together. Lots of fond memories. Love Phyllis

Jane Feld

Posted at 12:30pm
Condolences to Joan's family from a fond tennis chum who appreciated Joan's dedication to the sport and to a happy life.
Loving thoughts from Jane Feld.

Deborah Eberle

Posted at 08:54am
Rayo Family,
So sorry for your loss. Your mom was a treasure. I always saw her at Wegmans when I lived in East Syracuse, often in her tennis outfit. She always had a smile and a kind word. So many fond memories of our families camping together. May each of you find comfort in a special memory of your mom. My thought and prayers are with you.
Debbie Lind-Eberle

Andrea Kisil

Posted at 07:01pm
We were so sorry to learn of Joan's passing. Both my brother and I spent many of our visits at Sage Court visiting with our mom and Joan! She was always so friendly, humorous, and enjoyed our company as we chatted with our mom, Marge. We grew close with her and felt as if she was one of our Aunts. Unfortunately, we did lose contact when our mom moved to the nursing home side.
Sending you love and prayers at this difficult time.

Andrea Kisil Steve Janaro

Theresa Quilty

Posted at 11:24am
Love and support from all the Quilty's. Sharing the loss of your sweet mom.

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