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Sutton Memorial and Mclaughlin Funeral Chapels

Carol G. Hayes

May. 30, 1935 - Dec. 1, 2019

Former Clay Center resident Carol G. Hayes, 84, passed away Sunday, December 1, 2019, at Mary Lanning Healthcare in Hastings, NE.

A celebration of life service will be conducted at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, December 7, 2019, at the United Church of Christ in Clay Center, NE with Rev. Del Klover officiating. The family requests red be worn to the service in honor of Carol’s favorite color. Private family inurnment will be held at a later date. In honoring her wish to be cremated there won’t be viewing or visitation.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the family to be designated later.

Carol was born May 30, 1935, in Clay Center, NE to George and Vera (Herrick) Nye. She graduated from Clay Center High School in 1953. She furthered her education at Hastings College and later taught school in Clay Center. In 1955, she married A. Vayle Hayes and 3 children joined in that union: Wade, Gordon and Kimberly.

Carol was a member of the United Church of Christ where she taught Sunday School. She served on the Board of Directors and held offices in Eastern Star and Daughters of The Nile both in Hastings, NE and Mesa, AZ. She was appointed Grand Representative of the District of Columbia in Nebraska. Carol was President of the Women’s Trucking Association of Nebraska in 1999 and was named Women of Distinction by the Nebraska Trucking Association. Carol held offices in P.E.O. and was a Den Mother the whole time her boys were in Scouts until they both received their Eagle Scout Badges.

She is survived by her son, Gordon Hayes of Kenesaw, NE; daughter, Kim Aflague of Hastings, NE; brother-in-law, Bill Hayes and wife Marlys of Doniphan, NE; and a beloved grandmother to Seth Arthur Aflague of Hastings, NE and Emily Katherine Aflague and fiancé Jack Buck of Springfield, OR and numerous nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her parents; loving husband, Arthur Vayle Hayes; wonderful son, Arthur Wade Hayes; sister, Phyllis Woolen and brothers, Bill, Larry and Jim Nye.



Dec. 14, 2019
Marlys Nelson Ballard
High School Friend

Carol was a friend to me in High School and my mother, Ethel Nelson, when she was alone in her later years. Carol always had a smile and was gracious to everyone. She will be missed. Condolences to her family.

Dec. 5, 2019
Deanna Kay (Mack) Johnson
Student, Neighbor, Friend

Carol was a favorite teacher, special neighbor, and dear friend. She was a special person and treated every person she knew "special". She will be missed by the community and all her friends and family. My condolences to the family.

Dec. 4, 2019
Patsy Head-Gewecke

She was so kind to everyone, always had a hug for you, and truly cared about all of us. Not just when we’re kids but also as we grew up. She is another one of Clay Centers legends. With love and caring to Kim and family and Gordy.
Love, Patsy

Dec. 4, 2019
Lois Northrop

Everyone loved Carol. My condolences to her family.

Dec. 3, 2019
Jim Stych
Friend and Student

What a wonderful, precious individual with a loving heart. And, was one of my elementary school teachers and what a teacher she was. We were also friends on Facebook and communicated regularly until her illness. She will be missed. My condolences and deepest sympathy to the family. 💔💔💔💔💔💔

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