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Graveside Service

Missouri Veterans Cemetery
Friday April 15th, 2022
10:00am - 10:15am

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Leslie Ruth Hayes

             Leslie Ruth Hayes, age 91 of Springfield, died April 8, 2022.  She was born August 16, 1930 in Glendale, California, the daughter of Otto Leslie and Ruth (McKowan) Johnson. 

            On September 1, 1950 she was united in marriage to Jack Hayes. Jack preceded Leslie in death in 2002.

Leslie worked as a bus driver for public schools for many years.  She was known for her generosity and caring nature – especially for the special needs children on her bus routes. Leslie received a two year degree in business.  She was a dedicated volunteer for Meals on Wheels and volunteered at Cox Hospital.  Leslie also served as an election judge and volunteered for the Republican Party.  She was an avid reader.  Leslie was a member of Ridgecrest Baptist Church. 

Survivors include:  her children, Jack Hayes and wife Maud, Kim Branham and husband John, Laura Durham and husband Roy, Helen Lopiccolo, Mary Mitchell and husband Jimmy, and Kelly Gillett and husband Steven; 17 grandchildren; 23 great grandchildren; a sister in law, Annette Johnson; and her beloved dog, “Max.” 

            Leslie was preceded in death by her husband, Jack; a grandson; a great granddaughter; and her brother and sister.

            A graveside service will be held at 10 A.M. on Friday, April 15, 2022 at Missouri Veterans Cemetery, Springfield, under direction of Adams Funeral Home, Nixa, with Roy Durham officiating.

            Memorial donations may be made to Missouri Veterans Cemetery, 5201 S. Southwood Road, Springfield, MO 65804.


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Leslie Hayes was someone who spoke honestly about life. She helped me with a sewing project once. Matching plaid on pants. What was I thinking. She was very patient. I was included on a family vacation to the beach and many times on day beach trips. I treasure my time spent with the Hayes family. When I think back to my teen years, you were the best part. I would show up at your door and I was always welcome. Mr & Mrs. Hayes were the best and so are there children. You will miss her, but not forever. Because we know Him we have eternal life. Praying for you all. Love Susan

Susan Medkiff Burke Apr 18 2022 11:34 PM

Leslie Hayes was such a lovely lady and neighbor, she lived down the street from us on Shadydale. I have incredibly fond memories of her growing up, she was always so kind and inclusive of all the kids on the street. My thoughts and prayers go out to her family during this time of loss. Hoping you will be comforted by the memories you all have of her.♥️

Kathy Medkiff-Mansukhani Apr 13 2022 6:05 PM

She was such a pleasant lady to be around. I know she will be greatly missed. Love & Prayers to the family.
Love, Doug & Eyvone York

Eyvone York Apr 9 2022 7:21 PM