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Joyce S. Hayward
Inducted into International Women’s Divers Hall
of Fame and Great Lakes Maritime historian
July 14, 1944 to August 26, 2009
Hayward, age 65 of Bellevue passed away Wednesday, August 26, 2009 at the
Bellevue Hospital. She was born July 14, 1944 in Fremont the daughter of the
late James & Frances (Young) Stewart.
She became involved in scuba diving on shipwrecks and archeology training during
the early 80’s. She has served as the Great Lakes Director for the
Joyce S. Hayward
Maritime Conservation, as well as Vice President of the Association for
Great Lakes Maritime Heritage, Archaeology and Legislative Chairs of the
Ohio Council of Skin and Scuba Divers, President of the Ohio Chapter of
Save Ontario Shipwrecks and on the Board of Directors of the Maritime
Archaeological Survey Team.
She is a member of the International Women’s Divers Hall of Fame and educated
many people regarding the significance of shipwrecks and maritime history
through her underwater photography, writing magazine articles and
Joyce started the production company “White Winds Productions” which is
dedicated to creating programs about Great Lakes Maritime history. Along with
Dave Bowers, she organized the Bellevue Senior High School Marine Club, writing
grants for student funding to learn about the seas. Her smile will be missed at
the Portage Quarry where she would dive frequently, particularly in the early
days of her diving career.
Joyce was an educator, teaching 4th grade at York School. A 1962 graduate of
Fremont Ross High School, she earned her teaching degree from Bowling Green
State University and continued graduate work there, the University of Maryland
and Miami University. In 1969, she entered the Teacher In Space Program at
Goddard Space Flight Center and participated in the first NASA film devoted to
involving teachers in space education. While training at Goddard she also earned
her pilot’s license. Her experience with NASA was utilized in the classroom as
she began the Young Astronaut program at York School. She created York’s Penny
Pinchers, which teaches children about environmental issues and holds an annual
earth day program. She also started the York School Photography Club, which
helps 5th and 6th grade students develop basic photography skills, using digital
equipment. She became a Master Teacher in 1992, with Miami University
Environmental Field School.
Joyce created original educational games and the self published “Teacher Made
Games & Gimmicks” which feature over 100 simple games to help the learning
process. Outside the classroom activities include serving on various committees,
such as the Core Technology Committee, the S.C.I.E.N.C.E. Committee, District II
representative of Science Education Council of Ohio and the Proficiency Test
Review Committee within the Ohio Department of Education.
She held the positions on the Health Education Board with the American Lung
Association, Project STAR LEAP and Ocean Focus at BGSU. She was appointed by the
Governor to serve on a committee to oversee management of the Lake Erie
She was a member of First United Methodist Church, BSHS Halls of Excellence,
Class of 2007, Bellevue Teachers Association, founding member of Bay Area Divers
and was a crew member on a hot air balloon.
Survivors include her daughter, Heather (Brian) Mazza of Bellevue, grandson,
Mason Mazza, brother, William (Barbara) Stewart of Virginia, ½ brother, Bruce
Stewart of Florida, ½ sisters Virginia Jackson & Barbara Richards of
Massachusetts, nephew Ian Stewart of Colorado, niece, Cathy (Joey) Branham of
Virginia, 8 Hayward nieces & nephews along with a large extended family who have
been very supportive of Joyce throughout her life.
Friends will be received Friday, Aug 28, 2009 from 2-8 pm at Foos and Foos
Funeral Service, 151 Yorkshire Place, Bellevue and on Saturday, Aug 29,2009 from
9 am until service time at 10 am at First United Methodist Church, 901 Northwest
St., Bellevue. Burial will follow at York Chapel Cemetery.
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