Avis Hays

Avis Hays, 79, of Winterset died on Monday, Dec. 17, 2018, at her daughter’s home in Johnston.  

A celebration of life service will be held at 11 a.m. on Sunday, May 26, 2019, at the Madison County Historical Complex in Winterset, with lunch to follow. Memorials may be directed to the St. Joseph’s Indian School in Chamberlain, SD.

Avis Marie Ray was born March 14, 1939, in River Falls, Wisc.; the daughter of Marvin James and Olivia Mae (Bjork) Ray. She graduated from Jefferson High School in Daly City, Calif., in 1957. Her marriage to Louis Hays took place on July 15, 1957, in Pocatello, Idaho; to this union four children were born. Avis has made her home in Winterset since 1967. During her working years, Avis worked with Plumbs Jewelry in downtown Des Moines for many years. She later worked with Iowa Power & Light Company, which became Mid-American Energy where she worked until her retirement in 1995. 

She was a member of the Word of Life Family Church in Winterset. She was a member of the Winterset Garden Club. Avis had a giving spirit which inspired her to crochet mats for area homeless shelters. She always was helping those in need and was proud of her support for the St. Joseph’s Indian School.  

She was preceded in death by her parents; a brother, William Ray (Bernadine); and a brother-in-law, Gary Lundgaard.

She is survived by her four children, Gayle Alexander of Winterset, Susan Berch of Peru, James (Donna) Hays of Chesapeake, Va., and Johnine Hays (Dave Schlindwein) of Johnston; siblings, Nancy Lundgaard of Beldenville, Wisc., Leslie (Cindy) Ray of River Falls, Wisc., Ed (Flora Mae) Ray of Eau Claire, Wisc., and Ella (LeRoy) Lundgaard of Hager City, Wisc.; seven grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and many other family members and friends. 

Arrangements are being handled by Caldwell-Parrish Funeral Home, Winterset Chapel. Online condolences may be left at www.caldwellparrish.com.