Official Obituary of

Mary Lene Hayes

April 28, 1939 ~ April 17, 2023 (age 83) 83 Years Old

Mary Hayes Obituary

Funeral service for Ms. Mary Lene Hayes who went to be with her Lord April 17, 2023 in Medical City Lewisville, Lewisville, TX will be Sunday, April 23, 2023 at 2:30 p.m. in Citizens Funeral Home Chapel, 500 E. Church St., Clarksville, TX with Rev. S.S. Carreathers, eulogist and Rev. Harold Massey, officiating. Condolences may be made at 

Viewing will be Saturday, April 22, 2023 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm in Citizens Funeral Home Chapel, 500 E. Church St., Clarksville, TX


Mary L Hayes was born April 28, 1939, to the proud parents of Charlie Baker and Cora Gamble Baker. In Annona, Texas. She was brought up In a Christian household.  She went to Annona Elementary and graduated from Cheatam High School.

At a very young age Mary gave her life to Christ and realized that God had designed her with a beautiful voice of praise, which equipped her to begin her mission of assignment of singing. She dedicated her singing talents to Zion Traveler Baptist Church choir. Later in life she moved her membership to St. James Baptist Church where she served diligently in the choir until her health began to fail. 

Being dedicated to her assignment Mary used her voice in the choir and people recognized her special gift and often requested her to lead songs in church and funerals.  Mary not only used her gifts in the church but used her physical compacity to work at Magnolia Brush for many years.

Later in life she met Edward Hayes Sr. The courtship led to a beautiful union of marriage in 1963. While married Mary not only used her youth etiquette, from her mother, whom many called Big Mama and then incorporated her own way of cooking where she mastered pinto beans and butter roll. Often being requested at many family functions, from her kids to her grandkids, nieces, and nephews. She provided the recipe for the butter roll to some of the grandchildren, so they could pass it on for generations to come.

Mary was a mild-mannered quiet lady. But don’t push those buttons to much she wouldn’t mind telling you a piece of her mind in her Seymo voice. Mary Leisure time was spent watching old westerns such as “Gunsmoke.. sports, “Mavericks”, and her favorite team of all “The Dallas Cowboys”…. With her sons!  Mary’s faith was strong, she loved cooking and being around her family and this is how she spent her latter days, up until the final call that her journey was ending and her new assignment would be handed out on the call of early Monday morning April 17th, 2023.

She was preceded in death by her parents: Charlie and Cora Baker, her sons: Edward Hayes Jr. and Christopher Baker. Husband: Edward Hayes Sr, Sisters: Essie Smith, Charlene Edwards, Thelma Turner, Lillie Mae Williams, Brothers: Bobby Baker, Earnest Baker, Henry Baker, Milton Baker, and Willie Baker. Granddaughter: Dr. Sharise Da’nae Gossett.

Left to memorialize Mary L. Hayes:

Daughter: Sharlotte Gossett of Irving, TX

Sons: Ronald Baker, Irving, TX,  James Baker, Dallas, TX , Steve Hayes (Karen Hayes) Forney, TX, Bobby Hayes, Dallas, TXand Edward L Hayes, Ft. Worth, TX

Grandchildren:  Vickie Jackson, Tye Gossett, Holland Bell, Ashley Darby, Sterling Darby, Stephanie Mills, Steve Hayes Jr., Christian Hayes, Sha’quaviaa Curley, Teneiqua Shavers, Brenda Enciso, Jesus Enciso, Cannan Willis  

Great Grands:  Laqysha  Jackson, Kymaurion Peacock,  Jakymbria Peacock, Kemahjay Peacock, Dynasty Peacock, Kenyon Bell, Tianna Wright, Ka’lani Bell, Christopher Darby, Brielle Darby, Josiah Darby, Ashton Jamison, Cristen Mills, Aubree Hayes, Caden Hayes, A’von Carraway, Lyla Enciso

Sisters:  Joann Murphy Maderia, CA and Evelyn Johnson Las Vegas, NV

Sister-In Laws:  Jo Baker  Clarksville, TX and Virgina Baker New Orleans,LA

Brother-in-Law:  Levi Turner  Annona,TX

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Funeral Service
April 23, 2023

2:30 PM
Citizens Funeral Home
500 E. Church St.
Clarksville, TX 75426


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