Jane Knowles Knowles Hayes

February 15, 1925December 19, 2013

Jane Knowles Hayes, 88, of McGregor, Texas, died on Thursday, December 19, 2013, at Scott & White Hospital in Temple, Texas, and was subsequently admitted to the Willed Body Program at UT Southwestern Medical Center. A memorial service to remember her will take place at the First United Methodist Church of McGregor, beginning at 11 a.m. on Saturday, February 15, 2014.

Jane was born a belated valentine on February 15, 1925, at her parents’ farm on Slaughter’s Branch of Big Elm Creek, between the communities of Hop Off and Bottom’s, in northeast Bell County. She graduated from Troy High School in 1942. She graduated from Texas Technological College in 1946 with a B.A. in English with a minor in Spanish. She taught high school in Roy, New Mexico, for a year. She then returned to Bell County, and taught high school for three years in Academy, Texas. Until just before the birth of her first child in 1955, she taught English at Fort Hood, Texas, to members of the United States Army for whom English was a second language. Jane married Charlie Ray Hayes on February 18, 1949. In 1955, they moved to McGregor, Texas, where they raised their two children. She returned to teaching in 1974. She thereafter taught in a variety of grades in the McGregor Independent School System until her retirement from teaching in 1992.

While growing up, Jane played softball and basketball at Troy High School. She loved horses all her life. She was an active and very competitive barrel racer until going to college. Jane enjoyed reading (especially history and, in particular, the history of Texas and the American West). She also enjoyed travelling, talking, singing in the choir, talking, working crossword puzzles, talking, learning about just about anything, and talking. She especially enjoyed travelling to the National Finals Rodeo, to the National Cowboy Symposium, to the hill country around Fredericksburg, and to Albany, Texas-especially to attend Albany’s annual Fandangle.

While her children attended public school, she was an active member of the Parent/Teachers’ Association, a perennial room mother, and a dependable provider of the best chocolate chip cookies in the world for classroom parties. In later years, she was a member of the Red Hat Society, the Retired Teachers’ Association, and the McGregor Garden Club. She was active in the First United Methodist Church of McGregor as a member of the Friendship Builders’ Class (formerly the Homebuilders’ Class) and the United Methodist Women (formerly the Women’s Society of Christian Service). She was also a supporter of the Caring Committee, and had taught Sunday School in the children’s department at the Church. She was an active and devoted member of the choir at the First United Methodist Church until January of this year, shortly before her health necessitated her move to the Westview Manor Nursing Home in McGregor.

Jane was preceded in death by her parents and her husband, as well as by her sister, Norma Lundquist, and her brother, Ly Hugh “Dick” Knowles, Jr. She is survived by her daughter, Rita, of McGregor; her son, Steven, and his wife, Mary, of Arlington, and their children, Drew, of Dallas, and Jennifer, of Fort Worth. She is also survived by a number of nieces and nephews, and more friends than you can shake a stick at.

Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church of McGregor, 500 S. Madison, McGregor, Texas 76657, or to a charity you prefer.


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Gerry Reese

February 13, 2014

Steve and Rita Jane; Please accept our condolences, not only from myself and Sue, but the entire Reese family. The events involving schools, sports, scouts and church brought our families together on several occasions during our formative years and Miss Jane could always be counted on to pitch in and help when volunteers were needed. Her kind disposition and keen sense of humor is what endeared us most. That voice that could be picked out in a crowd always seemed to draw me away from what I was doing for a hug from a lady that I thought of as a second mother. She headed us off at the pass before we got into trouble as kids and scolded us when we got a little out of hand. She corrected our language when necessary and explained the proper way to ask a question or express ourselves. She seemed to me to be a proper lady trapped in a Country gal's body. She will surely be missed by myself and the community of McGregor. She was the kind of citizen that makes a small town feel like home.

February 6, 2014

I miss Jane very much. Her contagious smiles and chuckles, the stories she told about her adventures, seeing her in the church choir, being in UMW meetings together -- any time -- Jane could make an event more interesting. She was a joy to be with and my life has been blessed to have known her.

Dale Evers

February 5, 2014

Rita, Steven and family;
I am sorry about the passing of your mother, Jane. Jane was special in many ways. We not only shared the same birhday but Jane was a talker. That is a good thing as there was never a dul moment around her. She was one who enjoyed having a good time.

In going through some of my mothers things, I have found several pictures of Rita at birthday parties our mothers gave us. Good time, yes!!!

Please know my thughts are with you at this time,.

Bonnie Murr

February 2, 2014

Dear Rita and Steven and family: Jane was one of my best friends. I will so miss her personality and all the times we spent together. Jane, Billie, and I shared so many talks and laughs over the years and our friendship was very special. Rita...all those dinners with you were great too. Bruce and Ann loved talking with Jane as well. Our deepest sympathies ....Bonnie

McGregor High School Class of 1976

January 31, 2014

We are sorry for your loss.

January 31, 2014

So sorry to hear of loss of your mother. Our heart goes out to you during this difficult time and we plan to attend the memorial service on Feb 15th. Our prayers are with you. Fred and Louise Masuccio (Georgetown, TX)

Rosanne Lockhart

January 30, 2014

Dear Rita, Steve, and extended family,
My sincere sympathy goes out to you on the loss of your dear mother. My prayers are with you at this time. - Rosanne Berger Lockhart

Margaret Sinkule

January 30, 2014

Dear Rita, and Steven and Mary,to Jennifer and Drew, Family and Friends:
Please accept our deepest sympathy on the loss of your Mother, Mother-in-law and Grandmother. Mrs. Hayes was a unique of a kind......God broke the mold when Jane was born. I loved her as our neighbor and as a second Mom. She had a contagious laugh and a witty sense of humor. (I bet I can guess who wrote this precious Memorial. Steve, you got her down to the Core! Good job!)
The Bergers will forever hold dear memories of our childhood on Adams St., McGregor, TX Love you! ~M~

David and Barbie (Berger) Christian

January 30, 2014

Dearest Rita, Steven and Mary,

Please accept our sincere condolences at the loss of your wonderful mother. We're keeping you in our prayers and also rejoicing that she's in good hands with Jesus and your dad now.

Memories of childhood days spent with the Hayes family always bring me back to a fun place in my mind and heart, on South Adams Street -- playing with Trixie, catching lightning bugs, playing two-square and shooting basketball hoops in your driveway, listening to 8-track tapes of Willie Nelson or Don McLean, riding in your parents' brand new Ford LTD, and so many other great adventures -- during the days of Watergate, President Nixon, Rocketdyne and Perma-Dwell. You guys were the best!

God has blessed you with wonderful parents who can now rest in peace and pride over their accomplishments of raising such a fine family, dear Rita and Steven with Mary, Drew and Jennifer. Much love and hugs to you…