Judith 'Judy' Hayes

Judith “Judy” Hayes

Judith 'Judy' Hayes

Judith “Judy” Hayes, 74, of St. Joseph passed away Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019, at Spectrum Lakeland Hospital St. Joseph.

A celebration of life will be at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13, at First Church of God, 2627 Niles Ave., St. Joseph with the Rev. Chad Harlan and the Rev. David Colp officiating. Friends may visit from 12:30 p.m. until time of service Wednesday at the church. In honor of Judy’s vibrant personality the family asks that you wear something bright and colorful. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to First Church of God Vacation Bible School Fund. Those wishing to leave a message of condolence for the family may do so online at www.starks-menchinger.com.

Judy was born Nov. 29, 1944, in South Bend, Ind., to James Leroy and Flonnie (Morrow) Brooks. She was a graduate of Benton Harbor High School, class of 1962. Judy worked as an administrative assistant for Whirlpool for 25-plus years before retiring. She was an active member of First Church of God where she volunteered all of her time. She sang in the choir, handed out prayer shawls and crocheted cross bookmarks, and was involved in children’s ministries, vacation bible school and numerous other activities. Judy never hesitated to share her faith and love for Jesus with anyone and always extended the invitation to attend church to everyone she met. She was the unofficial greeter at McDonald’s and Burger King, where she made some wonderful friends and impacted many people. Judy will be remembered for her vibrant, kind and loving personality.

She is survived by her daughter, Jodi (Brad) Mattner of Baroda; son, Tom (Mariea) Brinkley of Pellston, Mich.; grandchildren, Anita, Serina, TJ, Jacob and Josh; great-granddaughter, Penelope-Louise; sisters, Janice (Jim) Tull and Kathy (Mike) Lemire; and numerous nieces, nephews and her First Church of God Family.

She was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Jim (Carlis) Brooks.