Jean Marie Hayes

Jean M. Hayes, 92, beloved daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend, passed away, Oct. 20, 2014, in Leavenworth, surrounded by the love of her family. She was born on Sept. 5, 1922, in Leavenworth, Kan., the daughter of Joseph C. and Marie D. (Doege) Eble. She was the oldest of three daughters.

Jean Marie Hayes

From an early age she was interested in art and nature. She developed her talents, especially a unique ability in pastel portaiture, when she studied at St. Mary Academy and College. She learned to observe and appreciate the beauty of nature from her father, who was a local farmer and gardener who loved flowers.

She married Raymond H. Hayes in 1944 and together they raised six children. Ann (John) Goodnow, Margie (Gary) Hunninghake, Mike (Mary Ann) Hayes, Beth Hayes Goodin, Joan (deceased) (John) Wright and Jim (Carol) Hayes; her greatest joy was her family and she shared her interest in art and nature and reading with her children and grandchildren. Story hour before bedtime was cherished by all. Her husband died in 1981.

Jean had an artist’s eye and a caring heart. She believed in reaching out to those in need and was active in the Mother-to-Mother program. She was also a dedicated CCD teacher for the young children of Sacred Heart Parish for many years. She spent many hours contributing her artistic and photographic talent to the parish by taking and compiling group photos, assembling a parish directory and by providing hand-made posters and ads for parish dinners and festival events. She was a long-time member of the Sacred Heart Altar Society and enjoyed the cards which they sent to her regularly after she moved to the Homestead Assisted Living. She appreciated the kindness of the staff and the friendship of many residents there.

She continued to enjoy her children, 12 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren in her later years. She was happiest when her family gathered together for birthdays, marriages and other celebrations. Her favorite admonition to her own young children was the biblical quote: “Little children, love one another.” It is now a family story that is shared and extends to the next generations. She created lovely portraits of her grandchildren and many of her great-grandchildren until she was in her late eighties. She also leaves behind other artwork and hundreds of photos of nature scenes from her unique viewpoint of light and shadow.

Jean was gracious, kind and serene in all her encounters and she lived her life with faith, hope and love. She was a wonderful example to all who knew her. We are grateful for her spirit in this world. She will always be loved and missed by her family.

A vigil service will begin at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014, at the Ross Hall Motherhouse. Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 11 a.m. Friday, at Sacred Heart Church with Rev. Phillip Winkelbauer as celebrant. Burial will be Monday Oct. 27, 2014, at Fort Leavenworth National at 10 a.m. Memorials are suggested to the Sisters of Charity Retirement Fund.