Obituaries detail

Janet L. Hays
Mar 09,1933---Apr 23,2017

Janet L. Hays passed away peacefully in the company of her daughters on April 23, 2017, at the age of 84 years in Prairie Village, Kansas.

Janet was born on March 9, 1933 in Hastings, Nebraska to W.S. (Scott) and Olga (Christianson) Mollring. She grew up on the Mollring farm near Holbrook, Nebraska and after graduation from Holbrook High School, attended Hastings College.

She married Richard D. Hays on December 28, 1951 in Arapahoe, Nebraska. His death occurred on June 24, 1974.


In her career spanning 37 years, Janet was a legal secretary in Dodge City and Leavenworth Kansas and retired in 1998 after 29 years as the Office/Business Manager of Eagle Communications, Inc. in Hays.


She was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Hays, where she served on the Church Council as Treasurer and a member of numerous committees, and was a member of the Chancel Choir for many years.


As a young woman in Dodge City, Janet was a charter member of the Sweet Adelines and sang in both a quartet and the chorus. She enjoyed playing the piano, and had a vast collection of sheet music. She was a reader, a writer of poems, and a solver of challenging crossword puzzles.


After her retirement in 1998, she was an active volunteer in Hays, including service as a board member of Dream, Inc., the Cancer Council of Ellis County, and the Friends of the Library Council. She volunteered at the Sternberg Museum and the Friends of the Library bookstore.


Janet moved from Hays in 2013 to be closer to her daughters and remained as active as her health permitted. After moving to Prairie Village in 2015, Janet resided at Brighton Gardens Assisted Living and became a member of the Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, where she enjoyed the fellowship of the Church’s book club and Prime Timers group.


Survivors include her son, Rick Hays, Laramie, Wyoming; two daughters, LeeAnne Hays of Kansas City, Missouri and Christine McKellip and husband Ole of Newton, Kansas; five grandchildren: Michelle Harkness and husband Dennis Daily; Ed Hays and wife Mary Aguayo; Hannah Gross and husband Perry; Brad McKellip, and Charlotte Renollet and husband Cale; three great-grandchildren, Lela, Elsie, and Mitchell Hays, and brother Bill Mollring of Imperial, Nebraska. Other survivors include six nephews and one niece, whom she loved dearly.


Janet was preceded in death by her parents, her sister, Marjorie Story, and her nephew Joel Story.


A memorial service will be held at the Lutheran Church of the Resurrection, 9100 Mission Road, Prairie Village, Kansas, on Friday, May 5, 2017 at 10:30 a.m. preceded by visitation with the family commencing at 10:00 a.m. Private graveside services will be held at the Holbrook (Nebraska) Cemetery at a later date.


In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the Cancer Council of Ellis County, 701 Riley Street, Hays, Kansas, 67601. 

Additional Service:
Memorial Service
Lutheran Church the Resurrection
9100 Mission Rd.
Prairie VIllage
Zip Code:
Date of Service:
May 05 ,2017
Time of Service:
10:30 am
Additional Information:
No Additional Information Added
Google Map:


Kathleen (Lang) Goeken Apr 26 ,2017

Worked with Janet; friend of Chris ,Shorewood ,Illinois

Chris and family so sorry to hear of the loss of your mom. She was a joy to work with. May memories comfort you. Sending hugs and prayers. Kathy Goeken and family

Alix Pridgen Apr 26 ,2017

Minister ,Prairie Village ,Kansas

It was a privilege knowing Janet and she will be deeply missed. I loved her spunk and admired her personal strength. My prayers are with you always.

Dianne Tietze Apr 27 ,2017

Sister in law ,Lincoln ,Nebraska

I am so sorry for your loss. Janet as a wonderful and talented lady.

Yvonne Rodriguez Apr 28 ,2017

coworker @ Eagle Communications ,Hays ,Kansas

Chris, LeeAnne & Rick - so sorry to hear of your mother's death. I started working with your mother in November of 1974. I remember when we had her retirement party.

Rose Marie Arnhold Apr 30 ,2017

Friend ,Hays ,Kansas

LeAnne, I am sorry to hear of your mother's death and want you to know that she was certainly missed by me after she left Hays. She was a strong and very caring woman and one of her gifts to the world was raising you to be a strong, caring person. Please know that I am thinking of you.

LaVonna Barnhart and Larry Barnhart Apr 30 ,2017

Friends ,Spring Hill ,Florida

We are sad to learn of Janet's passing. Larry and I enjoyed her birthday celebration with her, Bill Mollring, and Christine and Ole McKellip in Newton a few years ago. She was a gracious and talented lady.

Colleen Eubanks May 03 ,2017

Cousin ,Lincoln ,Nebraska

Dear family of Janet, I want to tell you all that I am so sorry for your loss. To lose a mother is very hard. Yours was especially loving and caring. I have memories of Janet that go back to my childhood. Your Grandmother was a favorite aunt of mine and my own Mother and she were close. Practically all the clothes that I wore were ones your Mother had outgrown and I was very proud of them as they were always the best money could buy at that time. I am so glad we cousins had the reunion we did 8 years ago in Lincoln. Then I am glad Imwas able to be with Janet at various times. Of course our trip to Norway was so special. Both Gene and Janet, because of their back issues, did not chose to tramp around as much as I did, so they would find a place to sit, order a drink and talk. He appreciated her in that special way. I,was,glad to,see,her in her Kansas City home a couple of times. Our trips have been cut down because two of our sons live in Lincoln now. We still have one there but do not get there too often as they come to Lincoln to care for Tori's mother. Janet was positive, sweet and her analysis of people was so interesting. Sort of humorous, but in a respectful way. We would laugh our way though our memories. I will miss her so. I am glad too that she suffers no more with her back. I know you all realize how tremendously lucky you were to have her as your Mother. I will be thinking of you when you celebrate her life this week and wish I could be there. With love, Colleen

Christine Dempsey May 23 ,2017

cousin ,Lincoln ,Nebraska

Hello family - I am Christy, Marlene's daughter and Marlene was the daughter of Selma, Olga's sister. Mom asked me to send a wish, and since I don't have an address, I am sending it here. Mom is so saddened by Janet, one of her dearest cousins. She remembers staying with Janet in Holbrook many times! It was her favorite thing to do! She remembers playing on the ranch, and played dolls and paper dolls in her extra cute little play room! She remembers Janet as always being fun to be with! She also remembers the wonderful trip to Norway not so many years ago. Blessings to you all! Love Marlene