Jewel Mae Hays, 92, passed away on Thursday, August 18, 2011, at Ardmore, Okla. Services will be held at 10 a.m., Monday, August 22, 2011, at Griffin ~ Hillcrest Chapel, Ardmore with Mr. Raymond Hensley officiating. Internment will follow in Hillcrest Memorial Park, Ardmore.


Jewel Mae Hays, 92, passed away on Thursday, August 18, 2011, at Ardmore, Okla. Services will be held at 10 a.m., Monday, August 22, 2011, at Griffin ~ Hillcrest Chapel, Ardmore with Mr. Raymond Hensley officiating. Internment will follow in Hillcrest Memorial Park, Ardmore.

 

Jewel was born March 24, 1919, in Eastman, Okla., to Leonard Nathan Hensley and Bessie Bell (Burris) Hensley.  

 

She married Clint Hays on March 23, 1947, in Gainesville, Texas. Clint Hays passed away on September 23, 1959, at the age of 35.

 

Jewel was a beautician with her sister, Bea, for many, many years in Ardmore. She was most proud of the 20 years she spent as a Foster Grandparent for the Chickasaw Nation, retiring at the age of 89. Up until the time of her death, she always wished to return to caring for children of the Chickasaw Nation. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her. She was a selfless caregiver who devoted her entire life to her family
She was preceded in death by her parents, Leonard and Bessie Hensley; her husband, Clint; brothers, Bill Hensley, Robert Hensley, and Harold Hensley all of Ardmore; also two sisters, Beatrice Gooch and Opal Connelly also of Ardmore.
Jewel is survived by her son, Roger Hays and his wife, Julie of Ardmore; two grandchildren, Randy Mackey and his wife,  Caprica of Ada, Okla., and Christy Cowan and her husband, Jason of Sulphur, Okla.; five great-grandchildren, Sidnee Cowan, Tyler Cowan, Tiara Cowan, Logan Mackey and Parker Mackey; two brothers, Kenneth Hensley and  his wife, Helen and Jack Hensley of Ardmore. She helped raise many nieces and nephews whom she treated like her own children.

 

Serving as pallbearers will be Kenneth Hensley, Jr., Jerry Hensley, Robert Hensley, Michael Hensley, Randy Mackey and Jim Conley.  Honorary pallbearers will be the Chickasaw Nation Elder Program members. Condolences may be left at www.Griffin-HillcrestFH.com.