Mary Elizabeth Hayes
December 7, 1930 – October 2, 2019
Mary Elizabeth Hayes, 88, of Harrisonburg, Virginia, transitioned to her Heavenly home on Wednesday, October 2, 2019.
Mary was born on December 7, 1930, in Harrisonburg, and was the daughter of the late Huey Jones and Mattie Myers. She graduated from Lucy F Simms in 1948. She furthered her education at Maggie L. Walker School of Nursing Richmond, Virginia where she earned a degree as a Licensed Practical Nurse. Mary took pride in working hard and was deeply committed to excellence in her accomplishments. She was an excellent nurse at Bronx Lebanon Hospital in Bronx, New York.
Deaconess Hayes was not selfish, she felt that she needed someone to go by her side and enjoy whatever she might accumulate in life, so she married Floyd Hayes, who preceded her in death on April 23, 2000. She was also preceded in death by her sister Deaconess Doris Washington.
Upon accepting Jesus Christ as her personal Savior, she was baptized by Rev. T.C. Allen at the former First Baptist Church, located on Mason Street. Mary was a faithful and devoted member at First Baptist Church, she served as one of the clerks for the Building Fund and a Trustee. She was also Deaconess Emeritus and Mother of the church. Mary was a hard-worker at the church and she had a kind and gentle spirit. Deaconess Hayes was recognized by the Pastor and First Baptist Family as an unsung hero.
Mary was a member of the Women Auxiliary of Second National Ketacton Baptist Association when she served as secretary. She was respected and loved by everyone for her deep intelligence, calm demeanor, and warm personality. Her kindness enabled her to accommodate family and neighbors by assisting them any kind of help they needed. She also enjoyed crocheting, baking, cookie swapping and doing crafts.
Known for her caring and compassionate spirit, Mary cherished family times together, especially at the family reunions. She loved her family dearly.
To cherish her memories forever: Three daughters; Diana Matthew, husband Gary; Linda Scott, husband Willie; Felicia Hayes all of Harrisonburg, Virginia. One son Mark Hayes wife Janette of Stone Mountain, Georgia. Seven grandchildren: Omar Hayes, Shamika Hayes, Gary Matthews, Jr. Anthony Hayes, Kiya Scott, DeVante Hayes and Jordan Hayes. In addition, she leaves behind 10 great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends.
A time of remembrance and visitation will be held from 2-3, Monday, October 7, 2019, at First Baptist Church, 611 Broad Street, Harrisonburg, Virginia. The funeral service will be held after the remembrance and visitation, with Rev. Dr. Clarence Williams officiating. Burial will follow at Newtown Cemetery. The repast is held at First Baptist Church.
Lindsey Funeral Home in Harrisonburg is handling arrangements. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.lindseyharrisonburg.com.
Mary Elizabeth Hayes
Charles & Camilla Washington
October 6, 2019
Rest in paradise, Mother Hayes. The legacy of your warm smile and sweet spirit lives on through your family and will forever impact the hearts of all of us who are blessed to have known and loved you.
Palmala M. Hearn
October 3, 2019
I am sorry about the loss of Mother Hayes. She will live forever in the hearts of many. Her dedication to FBC & this community is greatly appreciated.
First Baptist Church Loves you.