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Leatrice Joyce Ward Hayes

May 12, 1925July 23, 2020

On May 12, 1925, in the small town of Starkville, Mississippi Leatrice Joyce Ward was born to Dosie Mae Harris and James H Ward. In 1947 Leatrice married Stanton G Hayes and to this union five children were born. Those who knew Leatrice, knew she was one who held her family in high-esteem and set and instilled high moral standards within her children. She was a devoted wife and mother, also a tower of strength for the family.

After successfully raising her children, she decided to contribute to the lives of other children beginning her career with Gary Indiana Public School District.

After retirement she and Stanton moved to Fort Wayne, Indiana and enjoyed road trips to visit family. Leatrice enjoyed shopping, plants and flowers. She was queen of the slot machine and always enjoyed a great time with family and friends. Above all, Leatrice was sincere, and steadfast in her faith in God.

Leatrice was fun loving, always witty, and outgoing. She would always speak her mind, and people could never guess her age due to her enthusiastic appreciation for life.

On July 23, 2020 Leatrice was called home. To go forward she leaves her children, grandchildren, great- grandchildren, loving family and dear friends.


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Brenda Brown

July 28, 2020

What a beautiful, classy, and stylish lady was your Mom & Grandmother! There are many women in this world, but not everyone can wear the title of lady. Mrs. Hayes wore that title & she wore it well!

May God grant all of you peace & strength & be thankful for the beautiful gift He gave you in the form of Mrs. Leatrice Joyce Ward Hayes!

~Brenda M. Brown~

Robin Hinton

July 27, 2020

My most recent memory was when we shared the glorious celebration of her grandson, Marcus' wedding. She was lovely, enjoyed in the festivities with her family, and looking sharp. My prayers are with the family as you recall joyous moments and those cherished memories that only you share.

Praise God for knitting this family together and holding you close during these days.

DeVon Jackson

July 27, 2020

Your life was a blessing, your memory a treasure. You are loved beyond words, and missed beyond measure.

Michelle Roby-Banks

July 27, 2020

I remember when we would go to Dairy Queen in the summers with Grandma to get blizzards. Grandma would get a small one but would some how make her small blizzard last an entire week!

I remember the countless shopping trips where she wouldn't want to try on anything at the stores. She'd try on her clothes at home and take them back later.

I remember when I was in college and would drive from Ohio to Indiana on the weekends to have quality time. Grandma's spirit was youthful and you could talk to her about anything under the sun. I appreciated those conversations and those home-cooked meals that she would make surpluses of so I could take leftovers back with me. I bragged on my Grandma to my friends and anyone who was blessed to meet her was able to get a glimpse of why I love her so much 💗

Stevan Rico

July 26, 2020

First time I met mom. Reggie, Vicki and myself drive overnight from Milwaukee. Mom had slipped previously getting the morning paper. We times it so that we would get there in time for the paper. I took to front door knocked. Of course she wouldn't open the door. I told her I had met Reggie at a truck stop. He was asked if I could pick the paper for her so she wouldn't slip again. Would not open door until Reggie came up and told her it was ok. She gas been Mom to me ever since.


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