Donna “Jaye” Morgan Jaeger, 78, of Hayesville died on Tuesday, July 21 surrounded by family. Jaye was born in Johnstown, PA to the late Lester Henry and Janet Dively Morgan. She attended Westminster College in PA where she studied music and cultivated a lifelong love and appreciation of the arts, and where she met her husband of 57 years. She lived in Germany after getting married in 1957 and then lived for 30 years in Avondale Estates, GA where she raised her family. She was a gifted singer and musician and sang in the choir at Avondale Pattillo United Methodist Church where she was a member. She also sang in several other choral groups over the years. She was active on various committees at her church as well as being involved in her children’s activities from Girl Scouts and little league to ballet, softball, and piano lessons. She was employed as the office manager for a pediatrician’s office, and also worked for many years alongside her husband in his business. Jaye moved to Hayesville in the early 90’s where she was active with the Licklog Players and Peacock Playhouse, and was an active member of Hayesville First United Methodist Church where she sang in the choir. She had a lifelong passion for reading which she passed on to her children, and she enjoyed camping with her family. She will be remembered for her sense of humor, compassion and unconditional love for her family and friends. Jaye is survived by her husband, David E. Jaeger of Hayesville; 4 children (all in the Atlanta area), Holly (Steve) Brown; Melissa (Kendall Borchardt) Jaeger; Deanna (Paul) Bosworth; Matthew (Kim) Jaeger; 5 grandchildren, Morgan Borchardt; Jake and Mackenzie Bosworth; Hannah and Olivia Jaeger; and brother E. Philip (Maria) Morgan of Pacific Grove, CA. A memorial service will be held at Hayesville First United Methodist Church on Sat., Aug. 8th at 11:00 a.m. The Rev. Kirk Hatherly will officiate. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Hayesville First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 85 Hayesville, NC 28904 or to Moss Memorial Library, 26 Anderson St. Hayesville, NC 28904.

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  1. Matt and Family,
    We are sorry for your lost. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time.

    The Taylor Family

  2. Love & prayers for the loss of your dear mother Matt! Thinking of you and your entire family The Fannins

  3. Mrs. Jaye will be greatly missed! We are so sorry for your loss! The Jaegers have been so good to us over the years. Your family will continue to be in our thoughts and prayers!
    The Storkland Crew in Pensacola, FL

  4. To the Jaeger Family:

    So sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this time.

    Shan Maher kouns

  5. To Dave, Holly and Steve, Missy and Kendall, DeeDee and Paul, Matt and Kim, Hannah and Olivia, and the other grandchildren,

    Ray and I are so saddened by the loss of Matt’s mom, Jaye Jaeger. We have always been honored to be a part of the extended Jaeger family. We enjoyed being with Jaye many times on the Fourth of July, birthday parties for her and Dave, and of course celebrations for Hannah and Olivia. I loved conversations with Jaye! She was truly talented and just a lovely person all around. I will really miss her.

    With sincere sympathy and love to the Jaeger family,

    Brenda Kiser

  6. Hi Dave and family:

    I continue to pray for all of you during this most difficult time. Jaye was a wonderful blessing to know! Greg and I both enjoyed Jaye!

    Cindy Wittke

  7. Our hearts are with you, Dave and Family, especially at this sad time.
    Philip and Debbie Gangi
    Mary Morgan Thomas
    Peyton Walchak

  8. Dave and family, our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time. We all know what a wonderful and loving person Mrs. Jaye was. We will always remember her beautiful singing voice and her laughter. She will be missed by all. Doug, Pat, Brandon, Alison and Jeffrey Dempsey

  9. Dear Holly and Family,
    So sorry to hear about the loss of your Mother. May you find peace and comfort in your memories of her love for you and her life’s accomplishments.
    The Kruetzfeldt’s

  10. I have known the Jaeger family for 4+ decades, and I never called your mother by her first name. As I was also raised in the south, it was always Mrs Jaeger to me. The Jaeger house was my second family because I grew up with Missy but came to be friends with all 4 children. Eve told me last week that things wer not doing well so I was praying all week for your family to receive strength and courage throughout this final journey for “Mrs Jaeger”. I will continue to pray through this celebration of life you will have. Love to all my Jaegers.

  11. Jaye had such a profound effect on my life. Among many things, she shared with me what really good music can be. She shared her wonderful family with me. I used those 2 short shoulders and 2 ears in many a time of crisis. She was also hysterical, extremely sarcastic when she wanted to be and a great friend. Love to you all! Jaye was so proud of each and every one of you! Love to you Dave especially–you were her rock!

  12. We are so sorry to hear about the loss of your mom. She will be deeply missed. We have many fond memories of being with your family back in the day. I still use her cheese cake recipe! We hope you can take comfort in the knowledge that her memory will live on in the lives of many people.

  13. Missy- we are so sorry to hear about the loss of your mom. Still have great memories of the time we spent with your family at the lake. Your mom was so funny! Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your entire family.
    Kelly and Paige

  14. Dear Missy,
    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your precious family. May the grace of God and the love of Jesus strengthen and comfort your hearts today and in the days ahead. May many cherished memories bring a smile to your heart.
    Much love,

  15. Dave and Family, My thoughts and prayers are with you. May God give you the peace needed in this time of sorrow.

    God Bless.

  16. Dear Holly,
    So sorry to hear about your mom’s passing recently. I have fond memories of growing up with you all in AE. Tell your family my prayers are with you all as you transition with your loss.
    God bless you all,

  17. to Dave and family. Sorry this is late. I met Donna in the 7thgrade in wilkinsburg pa. Our friendship lasted all this time. Donna wa a loyal and caring friend. I have memories of her family and singing in church choir. Good bye my friend so glad we met.

  18. Sorry this is late. I met Donna in the 7th grade in wilkinsburg pa. This friendship lasted until this time. I remember her parents and her brother Phil. I sang in choirs with her. she was better! Much sympathy to you Dave and children. Will miss you my friend

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