Jean Hays

B. Jean Hays, retired bookkeeper, gifted gardener and a friend to all cats, birds and people, died Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021 at age 93.

Graveside services are at 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 22 at Memorial Lawn Cemetery in Arkansas City. A celebration of life will follow in the summer. Visitation is from 1 to 8 p.m. Sunday, with the family receiving friends from 3 to 5 p.m., at Rindt-Erdman Funeral Home and Crematory. Those attending are required to follow all COVID-19 mandates, including wearing a mask and social distancing.

A memorial has been established for the Cowley County Humane Society. Contributions can be made through the funeral home. Arrangements are under the direction of Rindt-Erdman Funeral Home and Crematory. Online condolences can be made at

Jean was born on May 7, 1927 in Arkansas City, the fourth of five children to Edwin and Grace Winslow. Jean met her future husband, Charles “Bud” Hays, while working at a soda fountain downtown. They married in 1949 and bought a house in Arkansas City, where she lived for 67 years.

Jean was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Bud; a brother, Don Winslow; three sisters, Bernice Shreve, Dorothy Jobe and Betty Norman; and a grandson, Shawn Schellenger.

Survivors include her son, Ross “Ed” Hays and wife, Rhonda, of Rose Hill; her daughter, Jean Hays and husband, Jim Cross, of Wichita; stepson, Mike Hays and wife, Linda, of San Diego; stepdaughter, Linda Reeves, of Van Buren, Ark.; and grandchildren, Rachel Cross, Amanda Hays, Roger Hays, and Shelby Schellenger.

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