Freida Hayes

1908 – 2008

Freida B. Hayes, 99, of Orrick, Mo., died on August 4, 2008 at Shirkey Leisure Acres in Richmond, Mo.

She was born in Orrick, Mo., on December 20, 1908, the daughter of Jesse James and Eunice (Turner) Stevinson.  Along with her parents she is preceded in death by her husband, Estel Hayes; sister, Virginia Lacy; beloved step-mother, Sallie (Popejoy) Stevinson; two nephews, Jim Bob Stevinson and Michael Lacy; and great-grandson, Brian Lee Hayes.

She lived most of her lifetime in Orrick, Mo.  After graduating high school, she attended Warrensburg College to become a teacher.  She had taught at Wallace School, where her students adored her.  She enjoyed gardening, spending time with family, and preparing large meals.  She was best known for her quilt making, meatloaf, and chocolate cake.  She was a member of the Orrick Baptist Church.  She found goodness in eveyone.

She is survived by her son, Donald Hayes, of Richmond, Mo.; daughter and son-in-law, Doris and Gene Waskom, of Morriston, Fla.; and her brother and sister-in-law, Billy Joe and Shirley Stevinson.  She is also survived by six grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren and 14 great-great grandchildren, a nephew and nieces.  She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

Memorial services for Freida will be held on Friday, August 8, 2008 at 10:30 a.m. at Gowing Chapel, Orrick, Mo. Visitation will be held on Thursday, August 7, 2008 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Gowing Funeral Home.

Burial will be at South Point Cemetery, rural Orrick, Mo.


I remember Freida as a friendly and witty person. She was a good friend of my mothers and several of my aunts on my mothers side of the family. My condolences to her family. May the many fond memories of her live on and may she rest now in Gods loving care.
— Larry Thompson

Donnie and family, please know that even though I can’t be there I am with you all. I am there in spirit. Aunt Freida was always a very special person. She will be greatly missed by many. Love to all.
— JoAnne Knox

I have many wonderful memories of Freida. She always had a friendly smile for you and her door was always open to family and friends. No doubt she was a great cook and gardener. I will miss her but not forget her. She was always special to my mother.
— Alta Marie Butler
I miss you so much. I miss your soft hands, your kisses, and your smell. I just wish I could hear your voice again. You were my Grandma and my best friend. I love you so much and wish you were here to talk to me.
Love you,