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Willie Gene Hayes


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Willie Gene Hayes Obituary
Hayes, Willie Gene (August 2, 1937December 16, 2014) Willie Gene (Alexander) Hayes was born on August 2, 1937 in Magnolia, Mississippi, and transitioned from this life on December 16, 2014, with family and friends by her side. She was a devoted mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and aunt. She was an active member of the Rebecca Circle at Trinity Missionary Baptist Church in Gary, IN before finding her church home at Carter Memorial CME Church, where she was a faithful member and served as treasurer of the Missionary Society. She married Barron Hayes in 1959; the marriage of 23 years was blessed with three daughters. Willie Gene graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1955, then attended Indiana University where with honors she earned her Associates Degree in 1988 and her Bachelors of General Studies degree in 1990. She took great pride in working at USX Steel Corporation, and she was most proud of teaching special education for twelve years until retirement in 2003. After retiring, she dedicated herself to serving the Lord and spending time with her family and friends. Willie Gene was preceded in death by her mother, Tollie (Alexander) Garner; and her siblings, Andrew Alexander, Johnnie B. (Alexander) Cook, Henry Alexander and Clifton Alexander. She leaves behind to cherish her memory her daughters, Sheryl Hayes, Armeca Hayes-Jackson and Kimberly Hayes; granddaughters, Taylor Mason and Ryan Mason; great-grandson, Kai Bell; sister, Maggie (Garner) Murry; and a host of loving nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Willie Gene was known best for loving her friends and family and helping anyone who needed her assistance. She will be deeply missed by all who knew her. Services will be held Saturday, December 27, 2014, at Carter Memorial CME Church, 635 West 49th Avenue, Gary, IN. Visitation: 9:0011:00a.m. Funeral: 11:00a.m.
Published in the Post Tribune on Dec. 20, 2014
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