Harriet Jane Hays spent her life bringing warmth and love to all she met. Harriet passed away peacefully on October 2, 2023 in Lubbock, TX. She leaves behind memories that will forever be cherished by all those she knew and impacted during her remarkable life.
Born Harriet Jane Bean on December 17, 1938 in Florida, Missouri, she led a life filled with compassion, dedication, and an unwavering commitment to her family and friends. After graduating from McMurry University with a Bachelor of Arts, she married Jon Kelly Hays on December 17, 1960 and embraced the role of his loving wife.
Harriet was known throughout the community, where she touched countless lives, for her nurturing spirit, not only as a homemaker, but also for her commitment to United Methodist Women as an esteemed member and officer. Harriet found solace and purpose through acts of kindness and charity that extended beyond the church and into the world of Cub Scouts, where she served for many years. Harriet had a passion for nurturing young minds and valued teaching life lessons that continue to shape the lives of those fortunate enough to have been under her leadership. Above her dedication to United Methodist Women, Cub Scouts, and her community, Harriet’s biggest passion was spending quality time with her family, especially her grandchildren. Harriet’s gentle spirit brought comfort and joy to every occasion and gathering. As an ever present beacon of love and support, Harriet created lasting memories full of laughter, kindness, and unconditional love.
Harriett's legacy will continue through the lives of those she leaves behind. She is survived by her sons & daughters-in-law, Kelly & Sarah Hays, James & Annessa Hays, Keith & Heather Hays; her sister, Hazel Tucker, seven adoring grandchildren and two precious great-grandchildren.
She is preceded in death by her husband, Jon Kelly Hays and one brother, Frank Bean.
To honor Harriett's memory and celebrate her remarkable life, visitation services will be held on Thursday, October 5, 2023, from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Broadway Funeral Directors, located at 1901 Broadway St in Lubbock, Texas. Friends and family are invited to join together to share stories, offer support, and celebrate her extraordinary life. A Celebration of Life service will follow on Friday, October 6, 2023, at 10:00 AM at Forrest Heights United Methodist Church, situated at 3007 33rd St in Lubbock.
In Harriett's honor, the family kindly requests that any memorial contributions be made to the United Methodist Women or the Cub Scouts of America as these organizations meant a great deal to her.