Hayes, Monica

Monica Josephine (McLaughlin) Hayes

Monica Josephine (McLaughlin) Hayes was born on February 16, 1931. She was a country girl, born and raised in Ireland. 1 of 12 siblings, she was the 3rd youngest, but the last to join the rest of the McLaughlin clan having lived a month shy of her 91st birthday.

Monica left for England to become a caregiver in many homes and devoted her life to looking after others. She was free-spirited and went where the wind blew. And those winds eventually took her to Canada, where she met her husband-to-be, Lawrence William Hayes. She arrived in January of ’64, was married by November of the same year, had one child, daughter Donna in September of ’65, and was shockingly widowed in July of ’66. Despite pleas from her family to return home to Ireland to raise her daughter, she stayed in her new home, Canada. Monica dedicated her life to raising her daughter, and later to being the best Nana to her two granddaughters, Maeve and Camryn. She was also a wonderful mother-in-law to Sam.

Everyone who met Monica fell in love with her. Her mark on this world has been profound. She was a tremendously kind, selfless, warm, gentle, loving, compassionate, generous, gracious, and non-judgemental woman who will be dearly missed.

In lieu of flowers, you can consider making a donation in her memory to one of the many charities she supported including:
Covenant House
Street Health Community Nursing
Doctors Without Borders
Foodshare Toronto
Show Kids You Care
Unicef Canada
7 replies
  1. Katie Sawyers
    Katie Sawyers says:

    Donna, my deepest condolences for you and your family on the loss of your monther, Monica. If she was anything like you, she was a wonderful person and bright light in this world.

    Thinking of you during these hard times and sending light and love your way.

  2. Alicia Bourne
    Alicia Bourne says:

    My deepest sympathy to Donna and Family. We will surely miss Monica for her warm smiles and loving concern for all at the day program.
    From : Alicia (Tall Pines ADS)

  3. Heather Savage
    Heather Savage says:

    Donna, it was mentioned in our weekly meeting this morning, that you are going through a tough time. Please know, I am thinking of you and wishing you strength and peace.

  4. Kris Malik
    Kris Malik says:

    Dearest Monica, sweet, kind hearted and loving to all. Prayers and condolences to Donna, Maeve, Camryn, Sam and those many many who Monica shared her heart with all over the world!

  5. Barb Patten
    Barb Patten says:

    Thinking of you, Donna and all your family during this difficult time. She was so loved by all of you just as she loved you back…a beautiful way to live and die. Sending love and prayers. Barb,Mike, Dean and Brett

  6. Harmeet Bassi
    Harmeet Bassi says:

    Monica was a soft spoken, friendly and kind-hearted individual. We were lucky to get to know her at the Day Program. She will be missed. Our Prayers and love go to all her family and friends and loved ones.


    Harmeet Bassi
    (Tall Pines Adult Day Service)

  7. Pat Kern
    Pat Kern says:

    Prayers and condolences.
    Truly a golden girl, with a loving heart and a shining smile.
    Beloved by friends and family.
    Monica shared many good books with Agnes and Helen.


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