Wendy Herold Hayman died Dec. 24, one week after collapsing and never regaining consciousness. She was 77.
Hayman was born in the small fishing village of Wanchese, N.C. on April 18, 1927. Her mother and father, Edna Daniels Hayman and Horace G. Hayman, sailed home to Wanchese from New York City to have their daughter delivered. While young she spent summer months living with her Granddad, Oscar “Pop Oss” Daniels, at one of several Outer Banks, N.C. lighthouses. Hayman attended elementary school at the old Wanchese schoolhouse. At the College of William and Mary, she majored in journalism and art.
Hayman’s early ballet dance lessons later developed into a budding career, as she became an understudy in the New York City Ballet Company for ballerina Maria Tallchief. She wrote and illustrated many children’s books and did fashion illustrations for a local paper. Later, Hayman, and her son, Scott Paul Herold, spent time in Europe, where she did research work for the State Department during the Kennedy administration.
Upon returning to the United States, Hayman became public relations director for Macy’s in Akron, Ohio, and was later promoted to the same job for Macy’s in San Francisco. Hayman returned briefly to North Carolina to teach special education at Manteo High School.
In 1973, Hayman moved to San Diego, where she met Bud Hower and married him on Sept. 24, 1978. The couple moved to Malibu in 1979 and have lived here ever since. Hayman became interested once again in painting. Hayman was a member and former president of the Malibu Art Association. She was active in the Malibu Republican Club, and founded the Malibu Republician Women, Federated. Her artwork was displayed at many local showings and received several “best of show” awards.
Hayman is survived by her husband, son, grandson, John Paul Herold, sister, Wanda Sposeto, nieces, nephews, cousins, Stewart Bell and Cecilia Bell and step children and step grandchildren. Memorial services will take place at St. Aidan’s Church on Jan. 15 at 11 a.m.