Mary Lee Hayden

May 12, 1955April 6, 2019

Mary Lee Hayden, age 63, of Maryville, passed into the arms of her Lord and Savior Saturday, April 6, 2019 at home in her sleep. She was a member of Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church. She was a loving mother and wife. Mary was preceded in death by her parents, Donald and Nancye Gruneisen. She is survived by her loving and devoted husband of 26 years, Philip Hayden; sons Brian Nix and wife Julissa; and Scott L. Nix; grandson Maximiliano Nix; many other relatives and friends from Florida to Kentucky. Family and friends will meet at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church, 858 Louisville Road, Louisville, Tennessee 37701 at 10:00 AM Monday, April 15, 2019 for the funeral mass, Father Dustin Collins officiating. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimers Association. Condolences may be offered at


  • Funeral Mass Monday, April 15, 2019

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Leah Lopez (Bryant)

April 13, 2019

I’ve known Mary all of my life. She was ever present to me throughout my childhood as her house was the meeting place for all the neighborhood kids. Birthday parties, BBQ’s, you name it; it all happened at her pool. I still have a scar on my knee from when we were all rough housing, Mary once saved me from drowning, and a pair of earrings that were so important to me were found by Phil in the pool filter. So many memories and visits to each other’s homes for Uno games and food. I will especially remember 4th of July; the berry cake with cool whip she would always make and sparklers.
I hold dear in my heart the times we shared when she was well and I will remember the sacrifice she made to be at my wedding even though she was not well. She even flew out to meet my little guy in December. It was a gift to be able to spend that time with her. She loved our little guy as though he was her own flesh and blood because that’s the way Mary was. You didn’t need to be blood related to be family.
She was a sweet, helpful soul and we loved her as our own. She was essentially an aunt to me, though my grandpa, silly as he was, named her “Uncle Mary.” To this day I will never know why. But I will remember that term of endearment with fond memories as we so often joked about it. We were, as she called us, her “chosen” family. And that is what she was and will always be to me. Family.
Although we mourn our loss, we take comfort in knowing she is at peace in the arms of Christ and we will see her again.
Rest well, watch over us, and thank you for being a source of love and family to us in your time on Earth.
We love you, “Uncle Mary”.
Love, Your Leah.

Ellen Albury

April 10, 2019

I remember Mary fondly, especially her sewing talent! It is always special to me to display her talent at Christmas and think of her. Several years ago she made me these four Christmas coasters, which I looped together and hang as a wall hanging. Mark and I send our condolences to Phil and her famoly,and ask God for His peace and comfort.

Julisa Nix

April 8, 2019

I remember my mother in law by saying she was abuela Loca! Wonderful loving, caring mother to her husband and sons Brian and Scott. Her love to my son Maximiliano was incredible.. I will miss her very much. Always in my heart.