On October 15, 1940, the Moberly newspaper mentions that the two were entertaining the Moberly chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy. The program consisted of 3 parts: (1) compositions of Dr. Wright's, including a group of children's pieces; (2) compositions of Miss Hayes; and (3) preludes and waltzes which they dedicated to E. F. Swinney of Kansas City, who had donated a Conservatory of Music at Central College. A few days later the two were playing duo piano numbers for the Moberly Music Club.
Both women wrote many original compositions and a quick Google search turned up sources for Opal Louise Hayes' musical pieces that are still available for purchase through Amazon and eBay. There is a YouTube video of someone playing a piece written by Nannie Louise Wright. Both women definitely left their musical mark on the world.
Nannie Louise Wright died in 1958 and is buried in Fayette, Missouri, where she lived most of her life.
Opal Louise Hayes was one of six alumni who were given distinguished alumni plaques by Central College on April 20, 1961. An article published in her hometown Moberly's newspaper to celebrate this honor included the following:
"A noted composer and dedicated music educator, Miss Hayes was born in Macon. She studied at Washington University and Tulane University before entering Central college, where she earned the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Music degrees. In 1922 she traveled and studied abroad and in 1934 she took the Master of Arts Degree from Columbia University.
"Miss Hayes began her career as music educator at Howard-Payne College and in 1925 when that school was merged with Central she continued on the faculty as associate professor of piano and theory. She retired in 1960 after 48 years of teaching.
"Miss Hayes has performed in numerous recitals in various cities, frequently presenting programs of her own compositions. The most notable of these included recitals in Steinway Hall, New York; Sarasota, Fla., and at Intermont College, Bristol, W. Va.
"A tireless worker, she devoted much of her spare time to composition. She has published more than 75 compositions for children in grades one to three, as well as a number of other works."
Oddly enough, I could find no obituary for Opal Louise Hayes, nor could I find any listing for her burial on FindAGrave. From the Social Security Death Index I was able to determine that she died in February 1975.
I had no idea when I selected this particular photograph for research that I would end up with a role model. I love finding success stories for other single career women. I hope that little enigmatic smile that Opal Louise shows in her photos meant she was having a great time.