Ann Hayes, 78, of Waco, passed away on September 2, 2021, surrounded by her family after a long and courageous battle with cancer. The visitation will be Friday, September 10, 2021, from 10-11 am, with services beginning at 11 am at Grace Gardens Funeral Home Chapel, with Pastor Mingo Balderas & Minister Bert Mercer officiating.
On September 25, 1942, Ann Pierce was born in Waco, Texas, to Cazzie and Marie Pierce. She was a lifelong resident of Waco and was an avid piano player and singer. Ann loved singing in her church and school choirs until she graduated from Waco High School in 1960.
Ann married the love of her life, Grant Hayes, in May 1959. She filled her life with service to her natural family and her church family, continuing to lend her beautiful voice to both. While raising her family, Ann worked for Wm. Cameron and Steakley Bros. Chevrolet. She also spent several years on the cafeteria staff at Speegleville Elementary School. Ann would finally work for their family business, Southwest Telecom, until her retirement in 2005 due to her initial bout with cancer. Above all, she dedicated her entire adult life to the love and support of her husband, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Her greatest love was for her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, and she was a faithful member of Brookview Church of Christ until her death.
Ann was preceded in death by her parents, her son Scott Hayes, son-in-law Sam Marsh, and her great-grandson Christian Robinson. Survivors include her husband of 62 years, Grant Hayes, her children David Hayes and his wife Christie, Shirley Hayes Marsh, Eric Hayes and his wife Inez, 11 grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren.
The family would like to extend a special thanks to the Baylor Scott & White – Hillcrest hospice staff for their incredibly loving care and compassion.