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Tessabelle  C. "Tess"  Hays

Obituary for Tessabelle C. "Tess" Hays

July 15, 1921 - November 7, 2017
Odessa, Texas | Age 96

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Tessabelle C. "Tess" Hays, a 55-year resident of Odessa, passed away on Tuesday, November 7, 2017 in Austin, Texas at the age of 96. There will be no funeral service. Burial next to her husband in the family plot in Duncan, Oklahoma will follow later.

Tess was born July 15, 1921 in Elgin, Kansas to Gladys Josephine Wilson and Verne Dewey Palmer. She attended schools in Kansas, Michigan and Oklahoma, graduating from Classen High School in Oklahoma City. She then attended college for one year on a music scholarship, having played the saxophone in high school.

She married Zoheth William Deloach on March 26, 1944 in Oklahoma City. They were later divorced. On December 19, 1947, Tess married Paul Vincent Hays in Oklahoma City. She worked as a telephone operator before World War II, then again later after her children were grown. She also worked in a print shop and as a secretary and receptionist. She retired in 1986 from El Paso Products.

Tess was a member of St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, serving on the Altar Guild, singing in the choir, working in the library, and organizing the music sheets. She also worked with Meals on Wheels. She loved music, dancing, athletics, aerobics, and yard work, and remained active throughout her life. She practiced healthy eating and took several vitamins daily.

Tess was preceded in death by her husband Paul in 1996, her sister Jeanne in 2003, and her son-in-law, Preston Duane Allison in 2010. Her two children, Gary Hays and Gayle Hays-Allison, her precious Shih Tzu, "Sugar," and several nieces, nephews and cousins survive her.

Memorials may be given to St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, to the Alzheimer's Association, or to the charity of choice.

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  • Memorials may be given to St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, to the Alzheimer's Association, or to the charity of choice.

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Austin, TX 78705
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