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Georgiana F. Hay

Lake Oswego April 1, 1926 — Feb. 8, 2017

I’m sorry to advise everyone of the death of Hallmark Inns & Resorts co-founder, Georgiana F. Hay, on Feb. 8, 2017. Mrs. Hay was 90 years old.

Mrs. Hay and her late husband, Bill Hay, first entered the hospitality business when they purchased property in Cannon Beach, Oregon, in 1948. The property contained a single house with a four-car garage and, almost immediately, Bill converted the four garage units into hotel rooms.

A year later Bill, with help from his father, Glen Hay, constructed another 18 units, and the Surfview Motel opened for business. This property is the site of the current Hallmark Resort & Spa in Cannon Beach. With the success of the Surfview Motel, other motel ventures followed. Over the next 50-plus years, over 40 hotels were either newly constructed or acquired and renovated.

Mrs. Hay was very active with the business, and always traveled with her husband to scout locations for new hotels, or to look at existing hotels. Bill Hay passed away in 2002. Mrs. Hay is survived by a son, Gary A. Hay; daughters, Lynda J. Allred (William Allred) and Pamla MacLean (Frank); seven grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Per Mrs. Hay’s instructions, no funeral will be held, but a celebration of life will be held in mid-April when everyone in her family, and friends, can attend.

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