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Mary Hayes

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Mrs. Mary Beatrice Hayes, age 92 years, of Spring Garden, Mo., went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Tuesday, December 13, 2011, at the Jefferson City Manor Nursing Center. She was born on September 30, 1919, in Eugene, Mo., the daughter of William Albert and Sarah Margaret Winters Bittle. She was united in marriage on April 21, 1939, in Tuscumbia, Mo., to John William Hayes. Her beloved "Johnny" preceded her in death on August 5, 1971. Bea graduated from Eugene High School as Valedictorian of the Class of 1937. She attended Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, and the University of Central Missouri in Warrensburg. She taught first through eighth grades at a one-room school house, Ginger Ridge, in Miller County. In later years, Bea was employed with the Tweedie Footwear Factory and later with the Missouri Dept. of Revenue for 25 years retiring in 1984. Bea was a devoted member of the Eugene Christian Church where she was an adored Sunday School teacher to many children over the years. Upon moving to Jefferson City, she joined the Capital City Christian Church. She was a gifted painter and writer, and delighted in cultivating her numerous flower gardens at her home in Spring Garden. She also enjoyed traveling and spending time with her family, and she was an active contributor to the communities in which she lived. Bea was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, having served as both Worthy Matron and District Deputy. She was a proud member of the Miller County Historical Society and had served on its Board. She leaves behind five children to lovingly celebrate her life: daughters, Billie Sue Mahan and Mary Lou Sanders, both of Jefferson City, Mo.; sons, Larry Hayes of Longmont, Colo., Ron Hayes of Olean, Mo., and Denny Hayes and his wife Marsha of Jefferson City, Mo. Bea was a dear grandmother who will be sadly missed by eight grandchildren: Jeff Mahan, Rhonda (Dustin) Hoskins, Stephanie Sanders (Matt) Green, Amy (Stephen) Meyer, Jesse Hayes, Isaac Hayes, David Hayes, and Molly Hayes. She was blessed with 14 great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren, as well as many nieces, nephews, and friends. She was preceded in death by five brothers, Archie, Ralph, Lloyd, Sammy, and Billy Bittle; and one sister, Ada Shackelford. Visitation will be at Freeman Mortuary from 1:00 until 3:00 p.m., Saturday, December 17, 2011, and at the Eugene Christian Church from 1:00 until 2:00 p.m., Sunday, December 18, 2011. Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 p.m., Sunday, December 18, 2011, at the Eugene Christian Church with Pastor Jeff Mahan officiating. Graveside services and interment will be held at the Eugene Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the Eugene Christian Church Building Fund or the Eugene Cemetery. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Freeman Mortuary. www.freemanmortuary.com

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