Hayes, Phyllis Deitz

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Phyllis Anne Deitz Hayes, 87, of Claytor Lake, passed peacefully on February 1, 2021 surrounded and supported by her family and caregivers in the final days of her life. She was preceded in death by her parents Violet and Lloyd Deitz, siblings Anita and John, and her loving husband of 64 years Charles.

Phyllis was born in Homestead Florida on January 15, 1934. She attended Homestead High School and the University of Florida. Phyllis worked for many years in the banking industry from First and Merchants teller to Crestar Vice President. She was always a Southern lady and hostess, sensitive to other’s feelings and gracefully putting them at ease. Her wit, cheerful spirit and unfailing kindness will be sorely missed by all who knew her. She enjoyed participating in many activities from cooking, golfing, playing cards as well sharing travel adventures with her husband. She loved animals freely petting any dog she encountered. She enjoyed feeding birds and watching the ducks on the lake from her porch. Phyllis was full of curiosity always appreciating the most unusual things as if it was her responsibility to make everything feel loved. She cherished her neighbors and was a loyal friend.

Phyllis was an active member of the General William Campbell Chapter of The Daughters of the American Revolution. She served the chapter as Treasurer from 2004-2007 and as Organizing and Corresponding Recording Secretary through 2010. This would have been her twentieth year of service.

Phyllis is survived by her children, Chuck Hayes and his wife Valerie of Christiansburg, Bob Hayes of Christiansburg, Joe Hayes and his wife Bonnie of Radford, and her daughter, Mary Heavener and her husband Chuck of Blacksburg. She was also blessed with 4 grandchildren, Bryan, Hillary, Ashley and Kevin; and 3 great grandchildren, Elijah, Hudson and Ryder.

Due to the pandemic, the family will remember Phyllis in a private memorial service. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to your local SPCA or The American Cancer Society. We would be honored if on a pleasant day you would pay your respects at West View Cemetery where she will be laid to rest with Charles.

The family would like to thank Phyllis’ English Meadows family and Medi Home Health and Hospice for their dedication, kindness, and love.