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Evelyn C. Hays, 94, of Tipton, passed away Saturday, October 22, 2011, at Boone Hospital Center in Columbia. She was born September 5, 1917, near Columbia, to Frank and Lelia Felser Hall. On December 2, 1945, she married Merlyn Hays, who preceded her in death. She graduated from University High School and the University of Missouri in Columbia with a degree in Home Economics. She served as a cafeteria manager for Hickman and Jefferson Schools in Columbia. She moved to Moniteau County as a University Extension Agent. She taught Kindergarten in Tipton, where she was the first teacher for over a thousand students. She is survived by two daughters: Gloria Knipp of Tipton and Linda Hays of Columbia; one daughter-in-law: Barbara Hays of Tipton; three grandsons: Jason Hays of Tipton, Matthew Knipp of Las Vegas, Nev., and Tim Knipp of Springfield. She was preceded in death by her son, Steve; her siblings: Lillian Johnson, Alice Howell, Blanche Easley, Florence Grooms, and Herman Hall. Family will receive friends Tuesday, October 25 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the Meisenheimer Funeral Home in Tipton. Services will be Wednesday, October 26 at the First Baptist Church in Tipton at 10:30 a.m., with visitation one hour prior to the service. Burial will be in the Odd Fellow Cemetery in Tipton. Memorial contributions may be made to the National Parkinson Foundation or the Tipton First Baptist Church.
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