Obituary of Mary Lou Hays
Mary Louise Hays was born on May 24, 1930 to James and Iva Hill in Torrington, Wyoming. She passed away on October 5, 2022 in Caldwell, Idaho. Her family moved from Torrington to Homedale, Idaho when she was 7 years old. Mary Lou graduated from Homedale High School in 1947. She is the 2nd of 5 children. Her siblings are Lester, Marvin, Clyde and Donna.
Mary Lou met Robert Hays at an outdoor skating park in Homedale in 1948. He was the love of her life. Mary Lou was 19 and Rob 24 when they got married on July 20, 1949. They have 2 sons, Robert Ray (Susan) and Allen Lee (Teri.) Mary Lou was a stay at home housewife and mother. She would occasionally help Rob feed cows in the winter along with irrigating and driving a little truck in the summer. She worked at Symm’s Fruit Ranch picking fruit every so often in the fall.
Mary Lou loved to watch her boys and grandkids play their sports. Rob and Mary Lou got to travel side by side to Portland, Coeur d’ Alene, Pocatello, Missoula, West Palm Beach, Florida, into Canada and who knows where else watching grandsons play football and baseball.
She enjoyed fishing with Rob and their family and friends occasionally. She would read a book a day if left alone. She had special friends that she and Rob met for coffee every couple of weeks for many years. She also enjoyed getting together with all of her siblings for lunch several times a year. Mary Lou was very well known for her delicious homemade ice cream she made for family and friends on Sunday afternoons.
During her stay at Aspen Creek Senior Living she made many friends and loved the weekly Bingo and card games. She will be greatly missed around the game table.
Mary Lou is survived by her 4 siblings, both sons, Robert and Allen, 4 grandsons, Rodney Hays (Wendy), Josh Hays (Tammy), Luke Hays (Ylonda), and Brian Hays (Pam) and a step granddaughter, Cassi Dowling (Tanner). She also had several great grandchildren that she loved dearly.
Mary Lou was preceded in death by her husband Rob Hays, her parents, her daughter in law, Marsha and a step grandson, Cody Bishop.
The family would like to thank Aspen Creek Senior Living and Keystone Hospice for their wonderful help and care.
Mary Lou will be missed by family and many friends.
There will be a graveside service at 1:00 pm on Friday, October 14 at the Marsing-Homedale Cemetery. Immediately following the graveside service there will be a lunch at the home of Allen and Teri Hays, 16481 Agate Lane, Wilder, ID 83676 and would love to have you come by. In lieu of flowers the family would suggest donations to Homedale Youth Sports c/o Homedale School District, 116 E. Owyhee Ave. Homedale, ID 83628 or to a youth charity of your choice.
Condolences may be left at www.flahifffuneralchapel.com.
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