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Joyce Syers Hayes


1951 - 2019
Joyce Syers Hayes Obituary
Joyce Syers Hayes

Lexington, KY - Joyce Syers Hayes passed away Monday, August 26, 2019, after a long struggle with Addison's disease, in Lexington, Kentucky. Joyce Darlene Syers, born October 2, 1951, in Morganfield, KY, was reared in Sturgis, KY. After she graduated from Union County High School, she attended and graduated from Murray State University. She earned her Master's in Education plus 40 including her Principal's License. Her passion for education and children was obvious over her teaching career which included special education and elementary education in Sturgis, KY, Corydon, IN, and Lanesville, IN.

Benjamin Clinton Hayes and Joyce were married June 6, 1971, at the Sturgis United Methodist Church. They shared their love and life for 39 years before his passing in 2010. They made homes in Murray, KY, Bellville, IL, (Scott Air Force Base) where both their children, Jason and Brittany, were born, Sturgis, KY, Corydon, IN, and Lexington, KY.

Education never stopped for Joyce as she never stopped learning about the world around her. She loved life and was full of life. Her children and grandchildren were her pride and joy. She always had an open door to family and friends, ready to listen and talk knowledgeably with them about anything and everything under the sun, as she was truly interested in others.

She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Ben, her parents, Sue and Jim Syers, and her brother, John D. Syers.

Joyce is survived by her children, Jason Hayes (Michelle), San Fernando, CA, and Brittany Hayes Koenig (John), Lexington, KY.

5 grandchildren, Bennie, Jazz, Jack, Charlie and Sam

Sisters and brothers-in-law: Jane (Tom) Hancock, Huntsville, AL; Jamie Sue (Bryan) Bloomer, Somerset, KY; Janice (Jim) Leake, Lexington, KY; Jacqueline (Bob) Duncan, Lexington, KY; Johanna (Rudolph) Prins, Overland Park, KS

Brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law: Darrell Hayes (Hyon Mi), Blythewood, S.C.; Donald Hayes, Henderson, KY; Jerry Hayes (Phyllis), Sturgis, KY; Judy (Tim Clement), Kansas City, KS; Charlotte (Andy Wilson), Burns, TN; Sharon (Cory Hawkins), Burns, TN

Many nieces and nephews

Funeral services will be 1PM Friday 8/30/2019 at Sturgis United Methodist Church, Sturgis, KY. Rev. Todd Nelson will officiate. Visitation will be 11AM until service time at the church. Burial in Pythian Ridge Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to a Breast Cancer organization.
Published in The Gleaner from Aug. 30 to Sept. 4, 2019
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