ISLAND-born Wendy Hayward, who served Carisbrooke Cottage Garden Society for almost 20 years, died at St Mary’s Hospital, on March 23, aged 77.
Born Wendy Hiscock, on March 15, 1937, she was adopted at birth by William and Lucy Waller, of Orchard Street, Newport, and attended Nodehill School and Ryde Secondary Modern School.
On leaving school at 15, she worked as a cook at the British Hovercraft Corporation, East Cowes.
She married Don Hayward at Castlehold Baptist Church, Newport, in 1955, and they set up home in Newport. Mrs Hayward became a full-time mum, while her husband, a Royal Navy ordnance artificer, served in the Far East.
She took an interest in Newport Carnival and became the organising committee’s secretary in 1959. She also began her association with Carisbrooke Cottage Garden Society that year, as its assistant secretary.
The family followed her husband’s posting to Australia in 1964 and they lived there for three years.
On their return to Carisbrooke, Mrs Hayward rejoined Carisbrooke Cottage Garden Society in her previous role, eventually becoming its secretary.
She followed her husband’s interest in the IW Family History Society by joining it.
In 1999, she suffered a stroke, which left her disabled, but she continued her many interests, which included wine-making and floral art.
Mrs Hayward, of Gunville Road, Carisbrooke, leaves her husband, four daughters, four granddaughters, five great grandchildren and her sister, Lena Rose.
Her funeral will be held at the IW Crematorium at 11.15am next Friday.