Glenabel Eugene Hays

Glenabel Eugene Hays, of Waco, found victory in Jesus on January 7, 2019 at the age of 81.  By her side, at the time of her passing, was her husband of 58 years, Bob Hays and her daughter, Denitia Blount.
Memorial Service: 10:30 a.m. Saturday, January 12, 2019 at First Baptist Church in Abilene.
Glenabel was born to Alvin and Ocie Lea Ferguson in Odessa on September 14, 1937.  After graduating high school, Glenabel went to Hardin-Simmons University, where she would meet her future husband Bob who she married on April 15, 1960.  After graduation she moved to Gunnison, Colorado where she completed her Masters at Western State Colorado University and taught first grade for 21 years. After retiring from teaching, Glenabel moved back to Abilene where she was the co-founder of Rhodes Child Development Center. She later became the house mother to high school seniors at the Hendrick Home for Children. In 1996, she started the Family Care Unit which was started to give single mothers an opportunity to get back on their feet.  She served as the director until her retirement in 2002.

Glenabel has been preceded in death by her mother and father Alvin and Ocie Lea Ferguson; sister, Barbara; and son, Richard.

In her final weeks of life Glenabel was surrounded by her family and friends.  Glenabel Hays is survived by her husband Bob; her daughter, Denitia Blount; and son-in-law, Norris Blount of Waco; son, Charles Peterson; daughter-in-law, Amber Peterson of Iwakuni, Japan; and her grandchildren, Natasha, Tyler, Hannah and Levi Blount; Joshua, Nevaeh and Asher Peterson.

The family asks that in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be made to Hendrick Home for Children or one’s favorite charity.

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