Sharon Garrett-Hayes
April 19, 2017

It is with deep sorrow that we say goodbye to former SEO Library Services Supervisor Sharon Garrett-Hayes. Sharon passed away on Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at her home in Caldwell, Ohio.  She retired in October 2015 after 33 years of dedicated service to the State Library’s SEO Library Center and to Ohio libraries. She was diagnosed with cancer shortly after her retirement. Sharon is warmly remembered for her positive and upbeat nature, contagious smile, and unwavering commitment to helping Ohio libraries successfully serve their communities. While working behind the scenes for most of her career, Sharon’s passion for outstanding customer service led to several promotions, including her position as Library Services Supervisor in 2014.

Her lifelong career at SEO began as Office Manager working for SEO Director Ward Murrey. Next, she worked on a State Library of Ohio, Southeast Ohio Library Center bookmobile as a Library Assistant. After returning from library services on the road, Sharon worked as a Library Assistant in computer operations at the SEO Library Center consortium and was promoted to Computer Operations Supervisor in 2011. In 2013, Sharon and her SEO Library Center colleagues, Director Dianna Clark and Network Administration Supervisor John Stewart, were awarded the Governor’s Award for Employee Excellence from Ohio Governor John Kasich.  They were recognized for leading a large software upgrade project in 2012 that streamlined library services for approximately 890,000 registered borrowers at SEO member libraries, and saving those libraries $1.75 million in software licensing costs.

Sharon’s legacy in libraries lives on through her contributions to SEO and Ohio libraries, and through her daughter Ashlee (Clark) Tominey. A former State Library of Ohio Executive Secretary, Ashlee earned her M.L.I.S. in 2013 and was promoted to the position of Library Development Consultant with an emphasis in special project coordination. Ashlee left Ohio in 2014, and now works as an Adult Services Librarian at Crystal Lake Public Library in the greater Chicago area.

The obituary for our friend and colleague Sharon Garret-Hayes is available at: http://www.chandlerfuneralhome.net/notices/Sharon-Garrett-Hayes. Visitation will Thursday, April 20, 2017 from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Chandler Funeral Home 609 West Street, Caldwell, OH 43724. The funeral service will be held on Friday, April 21, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. in the Chandler Funeral Home Chapel.

Media Contact:

Marsha McDevitt-Stredney, Public Information Officer and Director, Marketing & Communications (614) 644-6875 marshams@library.ohio.gov