Fern Nadina Hayes, 93, Batesville, passed into glory Saturday, March 1, 2014.
She was born Jan. 10, 1921, to John and Matilda Nelson.
She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 29 years, John F. Hayes; brothers Norman and Marvin Nelson; and sister Marion Houdek.
She is survived by her children, Deborah (John) Whitehair, Batesville, and John R. Hayes II , Columbus, Ohio; and granddaughters Julia Whitehair, Herndon, Va., and Jessica Whitehair, Winston-Salem, N.C.
Fern was a devoted wife and mother and gifted homemaker who enjoyed cooking, decorating, conversation, reading, travel and the arts. Locally, she was a member of St. Mark Lutheran Church, Batesville, and Grace Lutheran Church, Greensburg. She will be laid to rest with her husband at Memorial Park Cemetery, Dayton, Ohio. The family would like to thank the nurses and staff at Chateau of Batesville and her friends for blessing Fern’s life.
A private family graveside service will be held in Dayton. Arrangements are by Meyers Funeral Home, Batesville. Memorial gifts may be given to her favorite charities: the Salvation Army, Gideons International, Lutheran World Relief and local food pantries.