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Loretta J. Hayes, age 78, of Galesburg, Illinois,
died at 1:55 P.M. on Saturday, January 25, 2020 at the OSF Saint Francis
Medical Center in Peoria, Illinois.
She was born on August 13, 1941 in Galesburg, the
daughter of Jesse and Murel (Arie) Young.
She grew up in the Galesburg area, creating many wonderful memories and
lasting friendships. She graduated from
Galesburg High School with the class of 1959, which was the last class to
graduate from the old building. On April
21, 1962, Loretta was joined in marriage to Lawrence E. Hayes at the First
Church of God in Galesburg.
Left to cherish Loretta’s memory is her loving
husband of fifty-seven years, Lawrence E. Hayes of Galesburg; their two
children: Laura C. Hayes of Galesburg, Lenore M. Hayes of Galesburg; one
grandson, Samuel L. Karjala of Knoxville, Illinois; and a very dear friend,
Tracey Shimmin of Galesburg. She was
preceded in death by her parents; her brother: Jesse (Pete) Young, Jr.; her sister
Lisa A. Gable; and infant brother, Lyle A. Young.
Loretta worked in the lunchroom of Silas Willard
School, and then worked in the kitchen of the former Rosewood Care Center. She was a member of her beloved church, the
First Church of God in Galesburg, and was especially active in the church youth
group. There were many past times that
she enjoyed, but she especially loved to paint, and was a talented artist. In fact, there was not a crafting activity
that Loretta had tried that she did not enjoy, and she also liked to sew. She had a room in her house dedicated to
Abraham Lincoln; she was an amateur Abraham Lincoln historian, and was very
enthusiastic in sharing her knowledge about her favorite president. Loretta will be remembered for her ability to
never meet a stranger. She was a loving, bright person with a warm personality,
and she will be missed by all who knew and loved her.
Cremation rites will be accorded. Visitation will be held on Saturday, February
1, 2020 from 10:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M. at the Hurd-Hendricks Funeral Home &
Crematory in Knoxville. A memorial
service will directly follow at 11:00 A.M., Rev. Dennis J. McQuown
officiating. Memorial contributions may
be made to Saint Jude Children’s Research Hospital or to the FISH Food
Pantry. Online condolences and
expressions of sympathy may be made through www.hurd-hendricksfuneralhome.com.