Velma Eileen Stow Hayes born January 8, 1926 to Frank and Nellie Stow at Plano, MO.
When she was 5 yrs old her family moved to a farm near Carthage when she was a freshman in high school they moved to Alba, MO. On May 30, 1942 she married James Black and to this union 3 children was born. On March 27, 1967 she married Randelle J. Hayes and they were married 32 years. Eileen worked for the Continental Can Co. in Coffeyville, KS, as a riveter during World War II making landing gear doors. Later she became a certified Dental Assistant and worked several years in Neosho, MO.
After her marriage to Randelle J. Hayes she went to work at the Wal – Mart Store in Grove as an office supervisor until she retired in 1990. Her hobbies were always fun things she liked working in the yard and raising flowers. She loved painting and doing crafts. She was a Charter Member of the New Hope Christian Church in Miami, and was the Church Treasurer for many years.
She was preceded in death by a son Stow Allen Black and one sister Frances Lee and a great grandson Skyler Fairman and a son in law James R. Squirrel.
She is survived by two loving daughters Patti Black and Gemmie Gayleen Squirrel. Grandchildren Richard Squirrel, Diana Cavener, Patrick Black, Francis Fairman, Rebecca Boyer and Joe Reece. Great Granchildren Aaron, Chelsea, Bethney, Maria, Patti, Stow, Abigail and Sydney. She loved her Grandchildren and always said she knew why they said Great Grand because they really was Great. Also Surviving is one brother David Stow and two nephews Robert Lee and Bill Stow.
Funeral Services will be Friday March 16, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. at Paul Thomas Funeral Home in Miami, OK. Rev. Tom Black will officiate. Interment will be in Mt. Hope Cemetery in Webb City, MO. Pallbearers will be Patrick Black, Richard Squirrel, Dax Careaver, Stow Bell, Joe Harrod and Billy Williams. Honorary Pallbearers will be Bob Lee, Bill Stow, Charlie Redfearn and Aaron Squirrel. The family will receive friends Thursday from 6 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home in Miami. Online Condolences may be made at www.paulthomasfuneralhomes.com. Services are under the direction of the Paul Thomas Funeral Home of Miami, OK.