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Mary Jane (Walter) Hayes

April 1, 1939 April 21, 2019
Mary Jane (Walter) Hayes
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Obituary for Mary Jane (Walter) Hayes

Mary Jane (Walter) Hayes was born on April 1, 1939 to Donald E. and Freida K. (Seltz) Walter on the Bill Sears Farm, south of Decatur, Nebraska. She was one of four children. She passed away Easter morning, April 21, 2019 at the Tekamah Care and Rehabilitation Center in Tekamah, Nebraska.

In her early years, she attended Elm Creek School and graduated in 1956 from Decatur High School. She continued her education at Wayne State College and received her teaching certificate. She began her teaching career at the Busse School, a one room school house. She continued teaching at the 6R school and then worked for many years at the Decatur and Lyons-Decatur Northeast public schools.

She married Harold Dean Hayes at the RLDS church in Decatur on May 25, 1958. Together they raised three children: David Dean, Patricia Ann and Harold Dean Jr. Harold and Mary Jane spent all 59 years of their marriage as residents of Decatur.

Mary Jane was very strong in her faith. She was an active member in her church as a Sunday school director, bible school leader, lady’s aide officer, and many, many other roles. She was always the first to volunteer to help others.

She was also very involved in her community, and Decatur held a special place in her heart. She was a charter member of the Decatur Fire Belles, Decatur Community Club member, Villa board member, and for over 20 years a Decatur Cemetery board member. She was always baking for bake sales, church gatherings, funerals and those in need.

She was preceded in death by her husband and parents; brother, Joe Walter; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law: Gene Rollins, Robert Senteney, Maurice & Ruby Hayes, Glen & Mary Lou Hayes, Lucille & George Meade, Pauline & Melvin Updike, Edythe & Clarence Svendsen, Cork & Shirlene Hayes and baby Charles Hayes.

She is survived by her children: David (Debbie) Hayes of Omaha, Patty (Randy) Olson of Tekamah, Harold, Jr. of Decatur; sisters: Sylvia Rollins of Tekamah and Wilma (Dean) Hightree of Whiting, IA; many nieces and nephews; grandchildren: Adam (Mary Ann) Tranmer of Ponca, Carrie (Nick) Rosenberry of Omaha, Kathleen Hayes (Rodney Sherman) of Omaha, Amanda (Scott) Reinhart of Albion, Dan (Amy) Hayes of Omaha, Abby (Brandon) Mathistad of Tekamah, Anders Olson of Lincoln and Lydia (Kurt) Veitenheimer of Council Bluffs, IA; great-grandchildren: Brooke and Rocky Languis, Tatum and Oliver Tranmer, Violet, Margaret and Peter Rosenberry, Reed, Bennett, Lillian and Elaine Reinhart, Mason, Jersey, Merritt and Campbell Hayes, Cade Mathistad and one on the way.

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5:00 PM 4/25/2019 5:00:00 PM - 7:00 PM 4/25/2019 7:00:00 PM
Church of Jesus Christ, Decatur Restoration Branch

Decatur, NE

Family will receive friends 5-7pm. Prayer Service will begin at 7pm. Visitation will also be held one hour prior to services at the Decatur City Auditorium.

Church of Jesus Christ, Decatur Restoration Branch
Decatur NE
United States

Funeral Service




10:30 AM 4/26/2019 10:30:00 AM
Decatur City Auditorium

913 S. Broadway St.
Decatur, NE 68020

Decatur City Auditorium
913 S. Broadway St. Decatur 68020 NE
United States

Cemetery Details


Hillcrest Cemetery Final Resting Place

Decatur, NE 68020

Decatur 68020 NE
United States

Memorial Contribution

Decatur Fire and Rescue

10th and Broadway
PO Box 245
Decatur, NE 68020

Decatur Senior Center

Decatur Museum

400 West 8th Street
Decatur, NE 68020

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