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M. Diane Hays, 81, of Independence, Missouri passed away on June 20, 2019 at home from a long term illness. A visitation will be held at 10am on Tuesday, June 25, 2019 at Heartland Cremation & Burial Society, Raytown, MO with funeral service to follow beginning at 11am. A graveside service will be held at Floral Hills Cemetery, Raytown, MO at 12:00pm.
Mrs. Hays was born on March 24, 1938 in Kansas City, Missouri. She loved God, family, friends, and dogs. Diane played the piano and organ. She loved crocheting and doing ceramics in her free time. She made great homemade pizza, but was widely known for her chicken and noodles. Diane and Russ created a not for profit organization called “Coins for Canines” which raised thousands of dollars to provide police dogs for the Independence Police Department.
She was preceded in death by her son Russell Scott “Scottie” Hays, parents Glenn and Kathleen Filbert, brother Michael Ray Filbert, and sister Leslie Loy Parvin.
Survivors include her husband Russell Hays, daughter Kim (Rand) Nellist, daughter Lynda (Michael) Mallott, five grandchildren, and 17 great grandchildren.
Memorial contributions are suggested to Crossroads Hospice and Palliative Care.