Barbara A. (Miller) Hayes

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Barbara A. (Miller) Hayes Barbara A. (Miller) Hayes passed away April 13, 2012 in the comfort of her home with her family by her side. Barb was blessed by the spirit of the Lord and carried away on Angel's wings. Barbara was born on September 5, 1934 to the late Lyle and Anna (Reed) Miller. Barbara was a 1952 graduate of Marshall High School. In 1952 she married her high school sweetheart Philip L. Hayes. Phil and Barb were married almost 60 years. Barbara was the mother of Vicki (Mesik), Nancy (Nelson) and Ronald. She is also survived by sons-in-law, Walt Mesik and Kent Nelson. Barb was Grandmother to Justina (Proctor) Fetner, Merry (Proctor) Coffman and John James Quigley III. She is also survived by two grandsons-in-law, Andrew Coffman and Mark Fetner. She has four great grandchildren: William and Bradley Fetner and Jackson and Ava Coffman. Barb's children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren were the love of her life. She is also survived by an extended family and many dear friends. Phil and Barb enjoyed working side by side operating several businesses over 35 years. They owned P & B Hayes, Inc., owning laundries and professional dry cleaning centers in 3 locations in Kalamazoo and one each in Portage, Allegan and Three Rivers. They currently own and operate the Cork Street Coin Laundry LLC in Kalamazoo, MI Barb was taught the love of horses from her father. The whole family was involved in riding clubs and they would enjoy riding together. Her brother Bill and her were also great swimmers and swam across Goguac Lake in a competition. They were also on the diving team thru the YMCA. Barbara was a member of the United Methodist Church of Marshall, since age 12. Barb taught Children's' Sunday School and was also a Youth Group leader along with her husband for 6 years. Barb was involved with many bible study groups which she thoroughly enjoyed. Pastor Len Schoenherr encouraged her to lead her most recent group of wonderful ladies out of her home. They grew close spiritually and developed stronger relationships. She was an avid reader of the Bible, Christian books and fiction and non-fiction books. This gift has passed down to her grandchildren. Barb was past president of Oaklawn Hospital Auxiliary and is currently a sustaining member. In May of 2008 Barbara received a Volunteer Certificate for 40 years of service. Barb was also a member of the Marshall Historical Society. While Barbara's children were young she was a past President of Gordon and Pierce Schools PTA, a Bluebird leader, Cub Scout Leader, and Camp Fire Leader. She served as an organizer of the Hot Chocolate Committee for the Safety patrols during the cold of winter at Gordon School. Barb was a Master Gardner. She acquired her love of gardening from her mother. Barb used her gardening gifts to help design and plant garden beds surrounding the United Methodist Church. Barb was very involved with the Marshall Garden Club where she served as a Past President. Barb and Phil had their home garden on display in the 1st Welcome to My Garden Tour in 1991. Barb helped plant and maintain many of the garden beds throughout downtown Marshall. Barb also took classes and was a certified Flower Show Judge. Barb continued her love for flower arranging until her graduation to heaven. Barb will be remembered for her many gifts and talents. Visitation will take place at the Craig K. Kempf Funeral Home on Sunday from 1-7pm with family present to greet friends from 1-3pm and 5-7pm. Funeral services celebrating her life will take place at 11am on Monday April 16, 2012, at the Marshall United Methodist Church with Reverend Patricia L. Bromberek officiating. Interment will follow at Oakridge Cemetery. Family requests memorial contributions be made to the Marshall United Methodist Church. Assistance with memorials is available at the Craig K. Kempf Funeral Home and Cremation Services. Leave a personal message for the family and sign the online guest book at www.kempffuneralhome.com

Published in Battle Creek Enquirer on Apr. 15, 2012
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