Betty Jane Hayden, 48, music box, record collector

February 27, 2003

Betty Jane Hayden, 48, music box, record collector

Betty Jane Hayden, who enjoyed dancing and collecting music boxes, died of congestive heart failure Saturday at the home of her caregiver in Cumberland. She was 48.

Miss Hayden was born in Baltimore with Down syndrome, and lived most of her life with her parents in Dundalk. Her mother died in 1991, and after her father's death in 1997, she remained in Dundalk with a caregiver. They moved to Cumberland last year.

"My sister was born with Down syndrome, and at birth, doctors recommended to my parents that she be institutionalized because she had a severe degree of retardation," said her brother, former Baltimore County Executive Roger B. Hayden of Baldwin. "It was a tribute to my mom that she was determined to give her as normal a life as possible. She took her everywhere."

Miss Hayden enjoyed listening to music and collecting records and tapes. She also had a collection of music boxes that she liked to play, and enjoyed attending dances sponsored by the Baltimore Association of Retarded Citizens.

She was a member of the First Lutheran Church of Gray Manor.

Services took place yesterday.

Miss Hayden also is survived by a sister, Joyce Williams of Edgemere; and many nephews and nieces.

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