Geraldine W. “Gerry” Hays, 87, of Mexico, passed away at 4:30 a.m. on Thursday, March 22, 2018 at SSM St. Mary’s Hospital-Audrain.

Funeral services will at 11 a.m. on Saturday at Arnold Funeral Home with Pastor Joe Pike officiating. Burial will follow in East Lawn Memorial Park.

Visitation is Saturday from 10 a.m. until time of services at the funeral home.

Gerry was born November 4, 1930 in Mexico, the daughter of Robert and Irene (Avery) Workes. On October 29, 1949 in Mexico, she married Venton Hays. He preceded her in death on January 14, 2012.

Mrs. Hays had worked for the Mexico Public Schools and was a member of the First Baptist Church. She was an avid golfer and a member of the Arthur Hills Golf Course.

Survivors include one daughter, Gay (Rick) Matthiesen of Columbia; four grandchildren, Hillarie Matthiesen of Columbia, Jeremiah (Lori) Hays of Mexico, Zachary Hays of Mexico, and Loralee Hays of Los Angeles, California; one brother, Donald (Pat) Workes of Osage Beach; and her golf partner of over 40 years, Ray Campbell of Mexico.

In addition to her husband, Venton, Gerry was preceded in death by one son, Stanley Hays.

Memorial donations may be made to the King’s Daughters Home, c/o Arnold Funeral Home, 425 S. Jefferson, Mexico, MO 65265.

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