Betty J. Hays of Port Orange, Florida, passed away at her home during her sleep on Tuesday, June 25, 2013. She was born October 28, 1929 in Chester, Illinois to Frances and Martha Elhoffer. She married Howard Fischer in 1949 and later married Fred Hays in 1964. She was preceded in death by her son Calvin Hays. Those left to cherish her memory include her brother, James (Harriett) Elhoffer, Moline, IL; sons, Steven Fischer of Port Orange, FL, Roger (Janis) Fischer, of Moline, IL; and daughter, Sandra (Mark) Tooley, of Moline, IL. She also leaves behind ten grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, and two other great-grandchildren due in August and December. Betty also will be remembered by a friend of the family, Eric, of Port Orange, FL, and her special friend Ron, with whom she spent a lot of time riding a motorcycle and going to eat near the water whenever possible. Before retiring and moving to Florida, Ms. Hays worked at Quad City Dye Casting and DEWCO, a Don E. Williams Company. She enjoyed being around the water very much and when she lived in Illinois, she could always be found on a boat on the Mississippi, headed to a vacation spot in Wisconsin and when in Florida, she was near the ocean. Ms. Hays will be cremated and later laid to rest in her hometown of Rock Falls, Illinois at the cemetery where her parents and son are buried. Condolences may be shared with the family at www.lohmanfuneralhomes.com Arrangements are under the careful direction of Cardwell Funeral Home.
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3571 S Ridgewood Ave
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Published in Daytona Beach News-Journal on June 30, 2013