Callahan-Edfast Mortuary & Crematory

2515 Patterson Rd., Grand Junction, CO


Donna Jean Hays

April 15, 1930May 14, 2020

Donna Jean Hays went home to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Thursday, May 14, 2020.

She was born in Las Vegas, NM on April 15, 1930, to Alvin Gerdeman and Fern Brooke Gerdeman. Donna was 90 years old.

Donna moved from Las Vegas, NM to Grand Junction, Colorado in August 2009. In January 2018 Donna made her final move to the Larchwood Inn Nursing Home in Grand Junction.

Donna was previously married to Howard Hays for 21 years from 1951 to 1973.

Donna is survived by her three children: son, Bill (Kathy) Hays of Grand Junction, CO; daughter, JaneEllen (Marty) Mallette of Las Vegas, NM; and son, Alan (Casey) Hays of Huntsville, Alabama; four grandchildren, Tesha Mallette-Egger, Jennifer Hays, Cody Hays, and Shea (Crystal) Hays; and four great-grandchildren, McKayla, Matthew, Morgan Egger, and Hadleigh Hays.

Donna received her Master Degree in Library Science from Norman, Oklahoma. She later returned to Las Vegas and worked as the Head Librarian at New Mexico Highlands University until retirement.

Donna loved reading books, especially books on End-Time Bible prophecy. She regularly held Bible studies in her home for Chinese students attending school at Highlands University. She had an incredible wealth of knowledge of the Bible and loved sharing that knowledge with those who wished to know more.

On May 30, Donna will be laid to rest at the Masonic Cemetery, next to her mother, father, brother, and sister. Rev. Owen Young will be officiating a graveside service.

Pallbearers are Randy Hays, Russell Read, Jesse Egger, Marty Mallette, Tesha Mallette-Egger, and Lisa Boyd.


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