Mary Kay Hayes

Mary Kay Roush Hayes, 74, of Battle Creek, Mich., and Chattanooga, died unexpectedly at home on Saturday, May 31, 2014. She was born June 13, 1939, in Creole Springs, Ill., to Jay and Christina (Anderson) Roush. Mary Kay grew up in Mahomet, Ill., graduated from Mahomet-Seymour High School, and attended Southern Illinois University. Mary Kay Roush was united in marriage to Richard William Hayes on Dec. 27, 1959, at the Methodist church in Mahomet. Surviving are Dick, her husband of 54-plus years; son, Tim Hayes, of Chattanooga; six grandchildren, Ashley, Katey, Jordan, Anderson, Makenzie and Devan Hayes; a great-grandson, Daniel Hayes; and two brothers, Jack (Charlene) Roush of Farmers City, Ill., and John (Nancy) Roush of Olathe, Kan. Mary Kay was preceded in death by her son, Daniel Evan Hayes, in 1999, and by her parents. Mary Kay and Dick lived in 21 houses and numerous states during their marriage. She managed several plumbing showrooms in Sacramento, Calif., and Portland, Ore. She remodeled homes, rental properties and was a qualified plumber, electrician, carpenter and mechanic. Mary Kay helped her sons replace engines and build Baja VWs. She was an avid baseball fan and especially enjoyed following her sons', grandchildren's and great-grandchild's activities and sporting events. Her greatest joy in life was spending time with her family, and will be remembered as a loving, non-judgmental wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandma, sister, friend and neighbor. Friends will be received 3-5 p.m. today at Farley-Estes & Dowdle Funeral Home, Battle Creek, Mich., where funeral services will be held 5 p.m. today, June 3, 2014. Committal and interment will be held at a later date at Hamilton Gardens in Hixson. Personal messages for the family may be placed at www.farleyestesdowdle.com. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Charitable Union, 85 Calhoun St., Battle Creek, MI 49017 (Mary Kay's favorite charity).

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