In Loving Memory

Nellie B. Hayes

January 18, 1931 - May 29, 2021


Nellie B. Hayes, affectionately known as “MawMaw”, passed away on May 29, 2021, at a local hospital, at the age of 90.

Nellie was a stay-at-home mother, who raised kids, grandkids and great-grandkids, and was known to everyone at “MawMaw”.  She loved to cook for her family and loved “cutting a rug” every chance she got with her sisters.  She loved going on cruises and going to the casinos.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ulay C. Hayes “PawPaw”; children, Ulay “Cecil” Hayes, Jr., Carolyn Ward, Cynthia Hayes “Haze” and Julie Brown; and her parents, Cass Johnson and Blanche Mae Leavins.

MawMaw is survived by her grandchildren, Dawn Liotti (Michael) of Cullman, AL, Melanie Payne (Jeremy Thrift) of Fairhope, AL, Dusty Peyronnin (Kyle) of Ft. Stewart, GA,  Tonya Delisle (Shawn) of Fairhope, AL, Mac Hayes (Jayme) of Clanton, AL, Rick Ward of Fairhope, AL, Jeremy Hayes (Makayla) of Wiggins, MS and Heather Brown of Fairhope, AL; great-grandchildren, Cecilia Forristel, Emily Milligan, Cody Payne, Chris Payne, Caitlin Payne, Carlie Payne, Courtney Thomas, Dalton Yentes, Westley Lazenby, Cayden Peyronnin, Labon Delisle, Faith Delisle, Brayden Hayes, Caleb Howard, Keiran Hayes, Blaine Hayes, Dillon Ward, Brooklyn Ward, Lexi Ward, Brody Lominchar, Elian Hayes and Lily Brown; great-great-grandchildren, Hunter Forristel, Haleigh Forristel, Elliot Milligan, Axel Milligan, Caiden Payne, Rylee Silva and Grayson Payne; siblings, Tammy Toler and Virginia Cumbie; and sister-in-law, Martha Lay.

A funeral service will be held on Monday, June 7, 2021, at Hughes Funeral Home, 26209 Pollard Road, Daphne, AL, at 11:00AM.  The family will receive friends for a time of visitation beginning at 10:00 AM.  Interment will follow at Fairhope Memory Gardens.

Expressions of condolence for the family may be made at Hughes Funeral Home, 26209 Pollard Road, Daphne, AL, is assisting the family.


  1. Tammy Lay Seymore

    Aunt Nellie you are forever loved by all of the family. You are at rest with Uncle Ulay now. You will always be my Uncle Nellie.. That was our Lay family nickname I have called you for almost 50 years. I don’t remember before that and as a child you always gave us those lifesavers book of candies… I miss you. Love Tammy Lucinda

  2. Symantha "Mandy" Paligo

    Oh Aunt Nellie. I love and miss you so very much. I always loved dancing with y’all at Biscuit King before I moved to Houston and I wish I had gotten the chance to see you again while you were still here. I know I will see you again one day though. Hug my Mama’s (Sammi) and Poppie’s neck for me. You will always be in my heart. Love your niece, Mandy “MandyMoo” as Aunt Tammy T. Called me.

  3. Jeremy Thrift

    You were a good friend and an awesome grandmother, you will surely be missed by all of your family and friends we lost a lot of our wisdom and gained an angel

  4. Dusty Peyronnin

    Mawmaw words can’t describe how much you were loved! You were one of the strongest women I knew growing up. You showed us compassion and forgiveness. You told the best stories and most of all showed us unconditional LOVE. We are all hurting, and will forever, but we also know you are so happy to be back with PawPaw and all your sweet babies. We all know how much you loved and missed them and I’m so sorry you had to hurt so much in life, watching them all leave. I know your reunion in heaven was absolutely beautiful and perfect. I know they were so happy to hug their momma!! We will love and miss you now and forever Mawmaw !!

  5. Maria Gilheart-Pierce

    So sorry for your loss 🙏
    She was such a sweet lady.

  6. Shelia Perry Graham

    My sweet Aunt Nellie,
    You never left a doubt of how much you loved each of us. Thank you for being such a great aunt to my Dad, TR. He adored you. We all have adored you.
    I am thankful for all the letters we shared through the years. I love how you called everyone darlin’ and meant it. You bore your heartaches and suffering with grace, never complained. You were a true example of what a Christian should be. Thank you for loving us all so good and showing us how to Jesus amd others. I will meet you in the morning….


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