Judy Ann (Haymaker) Hayes, 79, Overland Park, Kan., passed away at home surrounded by family on March 3, 2018.

Judy was born to Cecil and Pauline (Ball) Haymaker on October 12, 1938 in Hockerville, Okla. She attended Quapaw, Okla. schools where she graduated as valedictorian. She married Eugene L. Hayes in 1956.

Judy attended Joplin Jr College and received both a bachelors and masters from Pittsburg State University. She taught in the Baxter Springs School system for 29 years. She and her husband opened and owned the Subway Sandwich Shop in Baxter and had rental property in Baxter and Galena. In later years, she served as a teachers aide at Rushton Elementary School in Mission, Kan.

Judy was preceded in death by her parents, her brother, Cecil (Butch) Haymaker and her husband of 54 years, Gene.

She is survived by her loving sister, Paula Spencer (Joe) of KCKS, her son, Doug Hayes (Ruth) of rural Holden, Mo. and her daughter, Dr. Robin Bowen (Doug) of Russellville, Ark. Her pride and joy were her grandchildren Brock, Alexa and Brynn Bowen, and Matthew Hayes. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews and many friends.

Judy enjoyed attending activities at Matt Ross Community Center and was a member or St. Marks Methodist Church.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, March 7 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. with service immediately thereafter at St. Marks Methodist Church, 6422 Santa Fe Dr. in Mission. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

In addition, a visitation and celebration of Judy’s life will be held on Saturday, March 10 at 2 p.m. at Derfelt Funeral Homes in Baxter Springs, Kan.