Services for Blanche Augins Hayes, a Baltimore elementary school teacher, will be at 7 tonight at the March funeral home, 4300 Wabash Ave.
Mrs. Hayes, who taught special education at Edgecombe Circle Elementary School, died of heart failure Thursday at University Hospital. She was 55.
Born in Baltimore, she graduated from Frederick Douglass High School in 1953 and went on to attend what is now Morgan State University before leaving to raise a family.
After giving birth to seven children, she returned to college in the 1970s and earned bachelor's and master's degrees in education from Coppin State College.
She spent the last 15 years teaching in Baltimore public schools.
Known for a straightforward personality that prized productivity -- "she had an intellectual sense of humor but no time for nonsense," said one relative -- Mrs. Hayes was committed to education for all people.
Mrs. Hayes was divorced from Richard Hayes Sr.
She is survived by five daughters, Monica Milligan of Baltimore and Karen, Mona, Carol and Donna Hayes, all of Baltimore; two sons, Richard Hayes Jr. of Tokyo and Allen Hayes of Baltimore; a sister, Inez Augins Watson, of Woodlawn; two brothers, George Augins Jr. of Pikesville and Jack Augins of Overlea; and five grandchildren.
The family suggests that memorial donations be made to the American Heart Association.