Trois Hays

March 14, 1931April 5, 2018
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Trois Jean Williams Hays passed away peacefully on the morning of April 5, 2018 in Noblesville, Indiana. She lived most of her life in Liberty with her husband, Dr. Millard E. Hays. Trois was born March 14, 1931 to Dr. Newcomb Leslie Williams, D.V.M. and Marie Witter Williams, both of College Corner, Ohio.

Trois graduated from College Corner High School in 1949, entered Miami University that autumn and graduated from the School of Education in the summer of 1952. She taught the next school year in Columbus, Ohio, teaching first grade. Trois received her Master’s in Education from Ball State University in 1970 and taught for over twenty-seven years at Liberty Elementary School.

On December 20, 1952 Trois married Millard E. Hays of Liberty, Indiana. Trois was teaching First Grade in the old Indianola School in Columbus, Ohio. Trois and Millard had two sons, Brad Hays (Lisa) from Noblesville and John Hays (Gwen) also from Noblesville. They are the loving grandparents of two beautiful granddaughters, Sarah and Megan Hays both daughters of John and Gwen Hays.

Trois was an incredible teacher who had great passion for the development of her Kindergarten students. She remained close to them throughout their lives. Every spring she brought her class out to her home for picnics, play and pony rides. She had an infectious personality and made friends easily. Her love of people was ever present.

She was an incredible wife, mother, grandmother, aunt and friend to all of us.

Trois was preceded in death by her husband, Dr. M.E. Hays, her parents, Dr. and Mrs. N.L. Williams, her brothers: Tommy Williams, Jack Williams and Jim Williams, her sisters: Betty Saylor and Cheryl Williams.

In her retirement, Trois enjoyed dinners and time visiting with her friends and especially loved visits with her family. They enjoyed their time in Florida where they met many friends and socialized at their condominium complex.

Trois and Millard were blessed by an abundance of great friendships throughout life. They have been incredible parents and grandparents for the family and they will be forever loved, missed and remembered.

Funeral services will be conducted at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 14, 2018 at Showalter Blackwell Long Funeral Home, Fosdick Chapel, Liberty, Indiana. Interment will follow in College Corner Cemetery, West College Corner, Indiana. Friends may visit at the funeral home Saturday from 1 p.m. until the time of service. In lieu of flowers, please contribute to the Union County Foundation for Hays Early Childhood Development Scholarship Fund. For additional information and to send Trois’ family condolences or memories, please visit


  • Visitation Saturday, April 14, 2018
  • Funeral Service Saturday, April 14, 2018
  • Interment Saturday, April 14, 2018

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Sherry Jan Osborn Hurd

May 5, 2018

It has now been a month today that this very 'SPECIAL, REAL LIVE EARTH ANGEL'S " spirit finally took leave & left us all. It has taken this long to finally try to put to words all that this "WONDERFUL , FUNNY, AMAZING, SMART, BEAUTIFUL, LOVING , FABULOUS WOMAN", meant to me my entire life. She was my "Aunt Trois" (Trody) . When she entered any room, it, along w/ everyone in it, was covered w/ liquid gold magic "SUNSHINE" ! She truly "WAS" a real live "EARTH ANGEL"! She was "always" laughing, smiling, telling great stories, building "Everyone UP", & loving her Life & "Everyone" in it !! ( And you really "felt " that love, concern, warmth,& happiness, every time you were lucky enough to be around her !) I "NEVER" heard her say an "unkind word" about "anyone" , my entire life !.. She was 16 when her sister ,Betty , gave birth to me & I always considered her to be my "SECOND MOTHER" !! She often took me to Miami University when she was a student & often told me how I truly embarrassed her by calling her "Mommy" in front of her classmates !( She was "mortified"!).... I owe my life to her Generosity & Love. She & Uncle Millard "loaned" me the money to attend college. They made it possible to change the "projection" of my life !! I told them both often ,how much I appreciated their generosity & encouragement ! They "BOTH" were such wonderful "role models" which I was lucky to have! She was such a "big" part of my life, & I have missed her dearly over these past few years. I hope She & Uncle Millard are both now , happy, healthy, & enjoying their reunion w/ all our dear relatives who preceded them to be w/ God !!..... You were truly "ONE OF A KIND" Dear Trody & "SO" many people are missing your Bright , Fabulous, Shinny, "SPIRIT" ! I was so heart warmed that Brad & John arranged such a loving Memorial Tribute to you & we all were able to "Celebrate" your "Magnanimous Inspirational Life" ! ..... Rest in "Peace" Dear "Trody" !!! xoxo

Marjorie Rogers Brown

April 16, 2018

Trios and I were good friends in high school. We went on double dates with our steady boyfriends. She was lots of fun and we got along well together. Her Mother and Dad were both characters. Her Mother would sit in their big living room and ponder about what kind of drapes to put on the eight windows. After several years she put up all white curtains! She also chewed blue bubble gum while thinking things over. Her Dad, Doc, always had words of wisdom for us when we were waiting to go out with our boy friends. He then came out with a sly laugh.
We had many classes together at Miami. We were both elementary education students.
Later in life I moved to Florida and she and Mil to Cottage Grove.
I am sure she was a loving teacher. As our professors used to say, "Good teachers are born not made."
Marjorie R. Brown

Barbara (Brittain) Hickman

April 10, 2018

What a wonderful lady was Trois Hays! I had the privilege of teaching kindergarten at Liberty Elementary School in the mid 1960's. She was a fabulous lady to work with and to have as a friend. We corresponded for years after I quit teaching to raise my family, but I lost track of her when she moved from Liberty. I have still thought of her often these past few years.

May God bless all her family as they adjust to life without Trois' sunshine in your lives. I'll always remember her.

Brenda Bryant

April 8, 2018

I only had the privilege of working with Trois one year at Liberty Elementary. She retired at the end of my first year there. She was a wonderful teacher and role model. She will be greatly missed 😇

Lois Burch

April 8, 2018

Brad, John, and families,
I am so sorry for the loss of your Mom. A wonderful woman loved by many. I pray for peace and comfort for all as you journey through your grief.

Thinking of you.

Lois Burch

Amy Blevins. Adams

April 8, 2018

I have to say the Mrs. Hayes was the best teacher I ever had. She was my kindergarten teacher, and I loved being in her class. It seems just like yesterday when we were at their house for our picnic and rode the pony. Thought we were big stuff. May she Rest In Peace. What a wonderful lady God has up there with him now.

Tammy Napier Drudy

April 7, 2018

As you know, Trois, or "Mrs. Hays," as so many of us affectionately call her, was my kindergarten teacher. She was also our neighbor, Mom's good friend, my mentor, and--most of all--my inspiration for becoming a teacher. She was vibrant, dynamic, hilarious, and made every single student feel as if she loved him or her the very most. We stayed connected long after I was her high school cadet classroom helper, and--as a non-traditional college student--she and Millard gave me unending encouragement and financial backing through their Early Childhood Scholarship. I am proud to say that I teach in the same building where Mrs. Hays made me realize and answer my calling to teach. She will be forever in my heart.

Cathie Byrley Brannam

April 7, 2018

As many before and after me l helped in your mom's kindergarten room in high school. We remained friends after. She was so much fun and had a great sense of humor. She told the best stories about you boys growing up. I loved her! Prayers for you and your families. I know you will miss her.

Mary Moffett (Hammerle)

April 7, 2018

I always remember your Mom and her pets. Especially the raccoons. She always loved telling the story about you boys riding your pony thru the house in Cottage Grove.
Your parents were lovely people and your mother was especially beloved.

Brad Starr

April 7, 2018

Millard and Trois became very good friends with my parents while wintering in Florida. Also, Patti became more acquainted with Trois while both taught in UCSC. They will both be missed by all who knew them.
Many prayers your way.
Brad and Patti Starr