Funeral services for Bess Hays, 82, of Blanket are scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 17, 2009, at the Davis-Morris Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Eastlawn Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. today at Davis-Morris Funeral Home.

Bess Hays left peacefully on Monday, Sept. 14, 2009, to join her beloved husband, Leslie Monroe Hays Jr., and our Lord. She was a loving wife, mother and teacher.

Bessie Mae Mackey was born in Grosvenor, Texas, on July 27, 1927, and was married to Leslie on Dec. 17, 1944. Bess had a full and blessed life. Her career as an educator allowed her to touch many young lives in Texas and Arkansas. She finished her career in Blanket.

She is survived by her sister, Bob Younger and her children, Ronald Leslie Hays Sr. and spouse Joyce, and Linda Jean Hays Crawford and spouse Richard. She is also survived by her grandchildren, Adena Hays Downes, Marisha Crawford Cassin, Ronald Leslie Hays Jr., Sondra Crawford Vallejo and their spouses. She was blessed with loving great-grandchildren, Tanner Downes, Colten Hays, Gunner Hays and Katelyn Hays. 

She was preceded in death her parents, Harry and Della Mackey; her spouse, Leslie Hays; and brothers, Manuel Mackey and Donald Mackey.

She will be greatly missed and has left an imprint on many lives. She was a member of the Blanket First Baptist Church. The family requests donations to the American Cancer Society, in lieu of flowers.

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