Adrienne Hayden, a popular socialite and Denver native born in St. Luke’s Hospital on April 28, 1915, passed away on July 12, 2017 in Denver. She was 102. Preceding her in death is her loving husband of 31 years John (Luke) Bern Hayden, brother Captain Ogden Kirkland Stratton, mother Katherine Knight Kirkland Stratton, grandmother Nancy F. Kirkland, aunts Helen A. Dede, Marion K. West, Dorothy K. Morey and father Bruce E. Stratton.
Adrienne graduated from Mount Saint Gertrude’s Academy in Boulder in 1934. She studied one year at Parks School of Business in Denver. In 1941, she was one of the first women in Denver accepted into what became the Women’s Army Corps and rose to Tech Sergeant. She was sent to Shreveport, La. to serve for two years in the WAC recruiting office. Then she transferred to the Eighth Service Command Recruiting office in 1942 until 1946. During the war, she lived in an apartment in the French Quarter of New Orleans serving in the army’s public relations recruiting. She was awarded the Legion of Merit Medal for outstanding service.
In 1946, Adrienne flew to New York City to start her career as an international beauty expert employed until 1960 by Charles of the Ritz cosmetics company at 11 East 58th Street. The company sent her to every state in the U.S. from her base in New York to promote sales of cosmetic products in department stores. In 1951, Adrienne traveled to Buenos Aires, Argentina to open a cosmetic section in the Harrods and Gath & Chávez department stores. She arranged substantial advertising publicity and trained saleswomen. On the day of the grand opening in September 1951, an unsuccessful military revolt against Juan and Evita Perón postponed the store opening for two weeks.
That same year, she also traveled to London, England to train saleswomen in Harrods department store. She returned to the U.S. and based in an apartment for eight years in Westwood, Los Angeles to travel up and down the coast opening many new stores for Charles of the Ritz. During this time, she also traveled to Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, Nevada and Montana. In 1961, Miss Stratton moved to Denver to marry John B. Hayden, a prominent businessman who owned and operated a food distribution and warehousing business with a partner. Mr. Hayden passed away in 1993.
The Haydens belonged to Cherry Hills Country Club, Denver Club, Garden of the Gods Club and Metropolitan Club. Mrs. Hayden was active in many charities and fundraising functions and loved to entertain. She was grateful to have so many fine, true friends. Memorial services will be held in the Little Ivy Chapel at Fairmount Mortuary at 11 a.m. on Thursday, July 20. A reception will follow in the Fairmount Welcome Center. Memorial donations may be made to the Salvation Army – Intermountain Division, 1370 Pennsylvania Street, Denver, 80203, or Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary “BVM”, 1100 Carmel Drive, Dubuque, Iowa 52003-7991. This order of Catholic Sisters lovingly mentored Adrienne, herself an Episcopalian, at Mt. St. Gertrude’s Academy in Boulder.
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