Mellisa M. Hays

Mellisa M. Hays, age 40, of Macomb, Illinois, formerly of Monmouth, 
Illinois, passed away at 7:20 AM on Monday, August 5, 2019 at her 
residence. She was born on September 26, 1978 in Monmouth, Illinois, the 
daughter of Denise Durch. Mellisa attended school in Monmouth and later 
graduated from PASS Adult Education in Monmouth, Illinois. On May 9, 
1998, Mellisa married Steven Hays, Sr. in Monmouth and he is surviving. 
Mellisa worked in health care, beginning at Pinewood Nursing Home in 
Monmouth, providing home health care, the Occupational Development 
Center in Industrial Falls, Minnesota, and Warren Achievement Center in 
Monmouth. Mellisa loved fishing with her husband and father-in-law. She 
also had a fondness for the arts; mainly painting and drawing. Mellisa 
was a gift to the world and everyone that knew her.

Mellisa is survived by her husband, Steven Hays, Sr. of Macomb, 
Illinois, her mother, Denise Ault of Monmouth, Illinois, two sons; 
Charles (Tabatha) Doss of Quincy, Illinois and Steven (Destiny) Hays, 
Jr. of Burlington, Iowa, her father-in-law, Leslie L. Hays of Monmouth, 
Illinois, and one aunt, Rise Renee Durch of Monmouth, Illinois. She is 
also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Mellisa is preceded in 
death by her grandmother, Mary Rose Durch and her aunt, Mary Lousie Durch.

A Funeral Mass is planned for 10:30 AM on Wednesday, August 14, 2019 at 
Immaculate Conception Church in Monmouth, Illinois. The Rosary will be 
recited 4:30 PM on Tuesday, August 13, 2019 at Turnbull Funeral Home in 
Monmouth, Illinois. Visitation will follow until 7:00 PM. Interment will 
be in St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery in Monmouth, Illinois. A memorial 
fund is being established for Mellisa’s Family. For more information, or 
to leave a remembrance of Mellisa, please visit

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