She was born August 26, 1930, at Rend City, Illinois. She was the daughter of Robert B. and Berenice E. (Johnson) Head. She married Billy R. Hayes June 2, 1948, at Ina, Illinois. He preceded her in death on December 15, 2007.
She was a retired registered nurse having worked at Good Samaritan Hospital, Crossroads Hospital and White Oak Health Care Center in Mt. Vernon and VNA in Salem, IL. She was also an employee of Bryan-Bennett Library at Salem and a decorator of wedding cakes. For many years she took opinion polls for Prairie Farmer Magazine. She was past regent of the Isaac Hull Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution and a 4-H Club leader for 30 years.
She is survived by 2 sons Timothy E. Hayes and wife Kathy of Iuka and Shannon D. Hayes and wife Paula of Kell. She is survived by 2 daughters, Susan K. Burgess and husband David of Salem and Amy C. Mathena and husband William J. of Kell. She is also survived by 12 grandchildren: Wendolyn Penn and husband Rev. Travis of Noblesville, IN; Crystal Grove and husband Brian of Greenville, IL; Jill Tilley and husband Dr. Robert of Pevely, MO; Eric Hayes and wife Kari of Defiance, MO; Kirk Hayes, Holly Hayes, Brad Hayes and Blake Hayes of Kell, IL; Christina Carlson and husband Jacob of Bethalto, IL; Caitlin Burroughs and husband Todd of Iuka, IL; and Branton Mathena and Callah Mathena of Kell, IL. She is also survived by 13 great-grandchildren Brooklyn and Isaiah Penn of Noblesville, IN; Ryker, Cainan and Kinley Grove of Greenville, IL; Claire, Anna Grace, Kate Naomi and Benjamin Hayes Tilley of Pevely, MO; and Kira, Timothy Elias, Ella and Kenna Hayes of Defiance, MO.
She was preceded in death by her parents, one brother James Robert Head; three sisters, Christina Head, Mary Etta Lawson, and Carol Martin Henley; and one daughter Sally Kay Hayes.
She was a member of Ina Free Will Baptist Church, Ina, IL and attended Pleasant View Free Will Baptist Church, Walnut Hill, IL for many years.
Visitation will be at Johnston Funeral Home, Ina on Sunday, January 18, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Funeral services will be at Johnston Funeral Home in Ina on Monday, January 19, with visitation from 10 a.m. to funeral time at 11 a.m.