SOUTH FORK—Having lived a life overflowing with love, family, work, travel, friends and memories, Oma Jean Haynie passed away peacefully on June 10, 2018.
Born into humble circumstance on April 13, 1930 to James Hardy & Ina Moody Oliver in Monte Vista. She was the youngest of four children. She married Jerry Haynie on Jan. 21, 1950 in Alamosa.
She accompanied Jerry to Baltimore, MD while he served in the army and then relocated to Bountiful, Utah after his discharge. She worked at Salt Lake Hardware until they started their family.
Oma and Jerry moved back to Alamosa in 1963 to own and operate Haynie’s Inc (NAPA). OJ had an ingrained sense of hard work and fortitude. For more than 40 years she worked beside Jerry at their Napa store. Her business acumen was unparalleled. She had a brilliant mind and accomplished more in a day than was humanly possible. Her fingers were ablaze on the typewriter and 10-key. She was not shy to share her opinion and you always knew where you stood with her.
In 1995, she and Jerry moved to South Fork. She loved her flower gardens in the summer and skiing at Wolf Creek in the winter. She was the first to purchase season passes so she could proudly wear the pass numbered 1.
Oma could cook for a small army. Breads, cinnamon rolls, pies and gravy by the gallon were some of her specialties. She traveled the world, but was always anxious to return home to blue skies, clean air, less traffic and her home.
Oma Jean’s home was always immaculate. Beds were made before breakfast; clothes were tirelessly ironed, and the white tornado would always empty the dishwasher before going to bed. She loved her family and supported them tirelessly. She was thrilled to be a grandmother but still taught them that life was happiest when they behaved. She did not like onions, rodents or the song Amazing Grace.
She enjoyed her associations in many civic groups including Order of the Eastern Star, Daughters of the Nile, Rainbow Girls, PEO and Native Daughters. She was an active member of the Methodist Church in Alamosa.
She was a class act in every sense. Oma was always the best dressed in the crowd. Her sense of style was classic. She clicked when she walked in her heels. She got her hair “bent” every week. Remember her the next time you see red lipstick.
Oma is survived by husband, Jerry (South Fork), children Terry and Sharon Haynie (Del Norte); Tammy and Gary Cooper (Roseville, Calif.) and Sam and Blair Haynie (Alamosa); grandchildren Ryan (Tammy) Haynie; Tiffany (Austin) Neilson; Devin (Angela) Haynie; Blake (Erin) Haynie; Ashley (Kevin) Sorensen; Tyler Haynie, as well as 11 great grandchildren.
A Celebration of Life will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, June 30 at the Rogers Family Mortuary in Alamosa. To leave online condolences for Oma Jean’s family, please visit www.RogersFunerals.com.