|Birth: ||Jan. 22, 1916|
North Carolina, USA
|Death: ||Aug. 4, 2007|
North Carolina, USA
Mariam Cannon Hayes, an heir to the Cannon textile fortune who spent a lifetime supporting education, health services, historical preservation, and arts programs throughout the state, died Saturday, August 4, 2007. She was 91.
Mariam Cannon Hayes died peacefully at her home in Blowing Rock, NC.
She was born in Concord, NC, on January 22, 1916, the daughter of Charles A. Cannon and Ruth Coltrane Cannon. The second of the Cannon's four children: Charles, William and Mary Ruth.
Mrs. Hayes was a graduate of Mount Vernon Seminary and attended Queens University at Charlotte and did graduate work at the University of Oklahoma. She served as a trustee of Queens University at Charlotte, Davidson College, Appalachian State University and Blowing Rock Hospital, life member of the Tryon Palace Commission, member of the board of directors of the North Carolina Museum of History, a member of the boards of advisors of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and Charles A. Cannon, Jr. Memorial Hospital. She received honorary doctorates from Campbell University, Wingate University and Catawba College. She was honored as Philanthropist of the Year in 2004 by the Charlotte Association of Fundraising Professionals.
Mrs. Hayes met Robert Griffith Hayes of Charlotte and following their marriage in 1936, traveled with her husband throughout the country during his service in the U.S. Navy during World War II. Upon returning to civilian life, they established their home in Concord.
Mrs. Hayes devoted herself to philanthropic work, which stretched throughout her life. She was named the president of the board of directors of the Cannon Foundation from 1982 - 2004 and remained a director until her death. She never missed a board meeting. Mrs. Hayes followed the mission of the Cannon Foundation by supporting health care, education and religious organizations in the community. She was also a trustee and chairperson of the Charles A. Cannon Charitable Trusts.
Mrs. Hayes' personal passion was music education and performance throughout North Carolina. The Mariam Cannon Hayes School of Music at Appalachian State University provides undergraduate and graduate degrees in music education as well as camps and programs for children of all ages. She was a driving force behind the creation of the Mariam and Robert Hayes Performing Arts Center in Blowing Rock. Other colleges and universities to which she devoted her time were the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Wingate University, Lees-McRae College, Catawba College, Barber-Scotia College, Campbell University and Pfeiffer University.
Mrs. Hayes was a devoted supporter of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte athletic programs, especially the basketball program. She regularly attended men's and women's basketball games and traveled to conference and national contests.
Accessible health care was a priority to Mrs. Hayes throughout her life. Mrs. Hayes volunteered at Cabarrus Memorial Hospital (now Carolinas Medical Center - NorthEast), which was established by her father. She also supported the Charles A. Cannon, Jr. Memorial Hospital in Linville, NC, and Blowing Rock Hospital.
Mrs. Hayes also had a life-long involvement with Grandfather Home for Children in Banner Elk, once telling a newspaper reporter that she had 95 children-one at home and 94 at Grandfather. Along with the hospital and college there, the orphanage was then a part of the Edgar Tufts Memorial Association, which was ably chaired in the 1960s by her husband, Robert. She and Mr. Hayes not only provided sustaining support, but also gave generously of their personal time and talents to the children there.
Mrs. Hayes divided her time between her homes in Concord and Blowing Rock, North Carolina. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Concord and Rumple Memorial Presbyterian Church of Blowing Rock.
Mrs. Hayes was preceded in death by her husband, Robert in November, 1998. Mrs. Hayes is survived by her son, Congressman Robert Cannon Hayes (Robin) and his wife, Barbara; grandchildren, Winslow Hayes Galloway and her husband Lonnie, and Robert Cannon Hayes, Jr., and his wife, Heather, as well as four great-grandchildren.
Charles Albert Cannon (1892 - 1971)
Ruth Louise Coltrane Cannon (1891 - 1965)
Robert Griffith Hayes (1907 - 1998)*
William Coltrane Cannon (1913 - 1990)*
Mariam Cannon Hayes (1916 - 2007)
Charles Albert Cannon (1919 - 1946)*
Charles Albert Cannon (1919 - 1945)*
Mary Ruth Cannon Spencer (1922 - 2005)*
North Carolina, USA
Plot: Section A-13
Created by: Robert C. Peurifoy
Record added: Jul 25, 2008
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