Laura Beth Hays
Laura Beth Hays, a devoted daughter, sister and friend, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2004, at a local hospital. Laura fought a valiant and courageous battle against multiple sclerosis with dignity and grace. She had an independent spirit, a sense of adventure and a huge circle of friends.
Funeral: 10 a.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church of Everman. Burial: Laurel Land Memorial Park. Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.

Laura Beth brought her many talents, vivacious personality and deep humanity to every aspect of her life. She was a gifted teacher who also served her profession as UEA president. She was also an area chairman for Mayfest, a member of the Junior Woman's Club and Woman's Club and an avid scuba diver.

In 2004, the Fiesta de Artes group of the Woman's Club of Fort Worth chose to honor Laura's creativity and service by naming her their Angel and donating $1,000 to the Historical Preservation Trust in her name.

For Laura's family and many close friends, she served as a cornerstone. Laura was never too tired or too sick to lend a sympathetic ear or coax a smile from a sad face. She was a confidante, organizer of showers, weddings, anniversary celebrations of just party get-togethers. She was a steadfast daughter, sister, aunt, cousin and friend.

Survivors: Mother, Edith Hays; brothers, A.G. Hays Jr. and wife Marsha, Chris Hays and Dwayne Hays and wife, Debi; special nephews, Adam, Casey and Conner Hays; and a multitude of aunts, uncles, cousins and friends whose lives are forever changed by knowing Laura. It is in their hearts that she continues to live.

Published in the Star-Telegram on 8/20/2004.