Concurrent Memorial Services Held for Lucky Hayes

Concurrent Memorial Services Held for Lucky Hayes

Los Angeles (April 19, 2010) -- Memorial services for Lucky Hayes, a long time Arizona Branch President and current Vice President Northern Arizona, were held on Saturday, April 17 in Scottsdale, Arizona, and concurrently in Los Angeles.

With Hayes’ SAG family and fellow officers gathered on the West Coast for a SAG National Board plenary, the Board suspended its agenda to honor Hayes at the same time her memorial took place in Scottsdale, standing in unity to remember this special lady.

Click here to download the special Lucky Hayes tribute issue of SAG in the Desert.

Below is a tribute for Hayes written by Mary McDonald-Lewis, SAG National Board member from the Portland Branch:


Heaven got Lucky last week.

Today we join Lucky's family in a memorial service which is taking place at this very moment in Scottsdale, Arizona. The service has begun there, and so shall ours here.

The passing of our friend brings to three the number of union family members the Regional Division has lost this past year, with Jim Hutchison's death, one year ago yesterday and Jim Huston's death on January 28th of this year.

Now Lucky's star has joined theirs.

Lucky was born in Houston, Texas and went from there to Florida, Kansas, California, Arizona, Alabama and Tokyo. Along the way she was a nurse, model, writer and editor.

According to our Lucky, she "flunked" her first film acting class, which then freed her up to become a professional actor in film, television, radio and voice-overs. She co-authored the book "That's No Way To Act!" and was a beloved teacher and mentor of the craft. In our union world, Lucky was a member of the Screen Actors Guild for 36 years, and was President of the AZ Branch. She was also an active board member of AFTRA - Phoenix Local for 32 years. That's quite a legacy.

One of Lucky's fondest memories was when she got to hug an eight-foot grizzly bear in Arizona when she guest starred on the premiere of The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams. Of it, she said "Typecasting? Nah." She also described herself as a very careless woman when, as she put it, she "lost the same child actor in two separate TV series: The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams and Oregon Trail."

There was more, so much more to Lucky. She is adored by her husband Hoot and her seven children; she loves horses, Camp Fire Girls, and the SAG Foundation, where she directed any memorial remembrances to be sent.

I speak in the present tense deliberately; she is with us still. Jim Hutchison and Jim Huston are with us still. They remind us we are all more than the minutia we struggle with here. We are like Lucky, like Jim, and like Jim, stardust, and clay. We have greatness within us, all of us here. Feet planted on soil, we look up, and with great grieving hearts, see her there. She is with our brothers. She calls us on.