In Memoriam: Elaine “Kiki” Hayden.

Real Estate In-Depth | January 2019

The Hudson Gateway Association of Realtors regrets to inform its membership of the passing of longtime Realtor Elaine “Kiki” Hayden.

The Associate Broker with more than 40 years of real estate experience, passed away on Sunday, Jan. 27 at the age of 93. Kiki joined John J. Lease Realtors in 1971, where she was an incredible sales associate, over and over again being a top producer in sales in all of Orange County, winning the Gold Excellence Award for Realtors many times.

She was known for her attention to detail, her passion for helping her clients, her real estate knowledge and her impeccable taste. She would ride through the City of Newburgh proudly talking about each house she had sold, and some of them more than once as years later buyers would be back to have Kiki help them sell or buy another house. Clients were still seeking her out, even in her 90s, to list with her.

Kiki was born and raised in her beloved city of Newburgh. Her parents were Michael and Adelina (DeRose) DeVasto. She was the youngest girl in a family of eight. As a young child she was already an organizer, she would plan family meetings, gatherings and events. At the Newburgh Free Academy, she was elected as the very first female Senior class president.

She had a motto “You must give to the community in which you live.” Her service in the community was evident early on as she has served on the Newburgh Day Nursery Board and was very involved with the YWCA. She was on the YWCA board of directors, became board President, was a Trustee for many years and in 1966 was honored as “YWCA Woman of the Year.” Kiki has also earned recognition for her unending love and devotion to the city of Newburgh with Key to the City and Newburgh Woman of the Year Award, honored by the Downing Park Planning Committee, Newburgh Republican Committee, Woman of the Year (2005) and Honoree Award from the Orange County Human Rights Commission.

She has served on the board of the Greater Newburgh Symphony Orchestra and was a founding member of the Newburgh Chamber Music Group, was president of the Downing Park Planning Committee, was on Advisory Board of the St. Luke’s Hospital Foundation, a volunteer at Fishes and Loaves, president of the Trestle Committee and most recently served as vice president of Trestle Inc. Kiki was involved in many other charities and non-profit organizations too numerable to mention.

Kiki married the love of her life, John J. Hayden “Jack”. Jack and Kiki were blessed with a son, Shawn J. Hayden. Jack served in World War II and was a Bronze Star recipient. Kiki was predeceased by her husband, Jack, in 1979.

Their son Shawn married Dorothy (Hughes) Hayden and are proud parents to Kiki’s three grandchildren: Molly, Jack and Courtney, all were Kiki’s greatest joys. They live in Stowe, Vermont. Kiki is also predeceased by her beloved son, Shawn, in 2016.

She is survived by her loving daughter-in-law, Dorothy; her grandchildren Molly, Jack, Courtney; close lifelong family friend, Melissa Hodgson and many very close and dear friends. A Mass of Christian Burial was scheduled on Friday, Feb. 1 at St. Mary’s Church, 180 South St., Newburgh. Burial will be private at the convenience of the family.