Vigen Memorial Home obituary – Joan D. Hays, 88, Keokuk

Joan D. Hays, 88, of Keokuk, IA died Wednesday, January 8, 2020 at UnityPoint Health-Keokuk.

     She was born December 7, 1931 in Waukegan, IL the daughter of Robert G. and Grace E. Wood Donnelly.  

Joan graduated from Waukegan Township High School in Waukegan, IL.

     On June 6, 1975 she was united in marriage to Robert G. Hays in Hamilton, IL.  He preceded her in death on October 16, 2011.

     She was a member of Bel Air Baptist Church in Keokuk.

     Joan had been employed at Armour Dial in Montrose, IA as a quality control secretary for many years, until her retirement.   

     Joan enjoyed crocheting and created beautiful gifts for her family and friends to enjoy. 

     She is survived by one daughter, Gayle Kil of Portage, MI, two sons, Kenneth Marshall of Overland Park, KS and David (Shelly) Marshall of Keokuk, two step-sons, Scott (Julie) Hays of Keokuk and Rex Hays of Overland Park, KS, one step-daughter, Lynn (Glenn) Carter of Montrose, IA, fourteen grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, one sister, Elizabeth Shuka of Ames, IA, one sister-in-law, Diane Donnelly of WI and many nieces and nephews.

     Besides her husband, she was also preceded in death by her parents, one son, Stephen Marshall, one brother, Michael Donnelly, one son-in-law, Richard Kil and one brother-in-law, William Shuka.

     A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m., Monday, at Keokuk National Cemetery in Keokuk, IA with Pastor Mike McMillen officiating. 

     Memorials may be made to Bel Air Baptist Church or Shepherds Ministries in Union Grove, WI.

     Online condolences may be left for the family at

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