Dreama Slay Hawes

January 13, 1931June 9, 2020

Dreama Slay Hawes passed away at Hospice Ministries in Ridgeland, MS on June 9, 2020 at age 89. She was born on January 13, 1931 in Huntington, West Virginia. She was the eldest of four daughters born to Wilbur and Mable Barker. She graduated from Huntington High School and married Drewie McClain Slay of Carthage, MS shortly after the close of World War II. They moved to Jackson, MS where Mr. Slay was engaged in automotive sales. They were married for forty-five years and had four children before he passed away at age 70. Dreama was employed by the Mississippi State Employment Security Commission until her retirement.

Following her retirement, she became an avid canasta player and took painting classes to learn how to create beautiful landscape portraits of the favorite places she had remembered and visited during her lifetime. She loved to line-dance and enjoyed performing for residents of local nursing homes. She also enjoyed bowling and was an active member of several local area bowling leagues. Dreama supported and participated in many activities enjoyed by her children during their formative years. She was a Girl Scout Brownie leader, a Cub Scout Den Mother, and never missed a football or baseball game while her sons played. She was a Sunday school teacher and church nursery supervisor for many years. She loved to travel and toured throughout England, Italy, and Europe.

Dreama will be best remembered for her beautiful smile, her generous, fun loving, and compassionate spirit. She deeply loved the Lord, her church, family, and friends. She was especially proud of, and survived by, her four children: Drewana (Leon) Slay Shaifer, Danny (Melinda) Slay, Dwaine Slay, and Derwin (Robin) Slay; thirteen grandchildren, Demarla Cothran Brinson, Danice Slay, April Gonzalez, Andy Slay, Dwaina Slay Lester, Christian Slay Turco, Lisa Slay Rumain, Erin Slay Purvis, Curry Slay Parkman, Emily Slay, Sally Shaifer Shook, Leigh Ann Shaifer Glover, Kate Shaifer Russell; twenty-six great-grandchildren; and fifteen great-great-grandchildren. Momo as she was affectionately named by her family, will be sadly missed.

Dreama was preceded in death by her parents, Wilbur and Mable Barker of Titusville, Florida; her sisters, Marleen Hawes, Kay Truitt, and Babs Aborizk; and husbands Drewie Slay, Trell Gordy, and Fred Hawes. The family would like to especially thank the professional care she received by the medical staff at River Oakes Hospital in Flowood, MS, and the staff at the Hospice Ministries in Ridgeland, MS.

Funeral services will be held at Lakewood Funeral Home on 6011 Clinton Blvd. in Jackson, MS 39029. Visitation hours are from 1:00 to 2:00 PM. The funeral service conducted by Pastor Bobby McGuffie, Flowood Baptist Church, will begin at 2:00 PM on Saturday, June 13, 2020.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting a donation be made in her memory to the Flowood Baptist Church, 1649 Old Fannin Road, Flowood, MS 39232.

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  • In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting a donation be made in her memory to the Flowood Baptist Church, 1649 Old Fannin Road, Flowood, MS 39232


  • Visitation

    Saturday, June 13, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Saturday, June 13, 2020


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patty roper

June 13, 2020

We love all of you and will always remember beautiful Aunt Dreama and the sweet, kind lady that she was. Mama loved her so much.
We pray God will comfort all of you in your loss and give you many special memories.
Love, Patty, Richard, and Beth Roper

Avery Slay

June 12, 2020

Lynn and I were sad to hear the news about Aunt Dreama. Y'all are in out thoughts and prayers.

We're sorry that we won't be able to attend the services due to the fact that Lynn is recovering from a recent hip replacement.

Much Love,

Lynn & Avery