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Rebecca Guy "Peggy" Copeland Hays
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Birth: Jul. 26, 1930
Laurens County
South Carolina, USA
Death: Mar. 1, 2011
Cobb County
Georgia, USA

March 05, 2011

Rebecca Guy Copeland Hays, age 80 of Marietta, passed peacefully on March 01, 2011. Born July 26, 1930 in Clinton SC, she was the daughter of Guy Lelex Copeland of Clinton and Ida Jeanette Caldwell (Aughtry) Copeland of Whitmire SC. She was her parents' only child but had five half-sisters and six half-brothers, all of whom predeceased her. Her half-sister Opal first named her "Peggy" because it was easy to pronounce, and it was perfectly befitting her - beautiful, gentle and unassuming. She grew up in a simple fashion on her parents' farm, graduated from Winthrop College, and met Robert William "Bob" Hays while he was a student at Presbyterian College. They were married in 1950 and moved to Marietta where her working career began, first at Lockheed Corporation. Later, and while raising three sons, Peggy worked for more than 20 years at the Cobb County Board of Education. She was a deeply loving and selfless wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt, sister-in-law and mother-in-law - and a dearly devoted and genuine friend. Peggy leaves behind for now her "boys" Michael Stephen Hays, David Robert Hays and William Calvin Hays; granddaughters Haley Rebecca Hays, Heather Adrianne Hays Klimowicz, Elizabeth Nicole Hays and Ansley Corinne Hays; great-grandchildren, Kaiden Balajadia, Cameron Michael Stuart, Gabriel Chinkata Klimowicz and Aveline Wren Klimowicz; niece Elaine Poole; and daughters-in-law Carol Hays, Stacey Hays, Barbara Hays and Patti Hays. A service of thanksgiving will be held Saturday March 12 at 2:00 p.m. at Shallowford Free Will Baptist Church in Marietta, followed by internment alongside Bob on Friday March 18 at 2:00pm at Georgia National Cemetery in Canton GA. The family requests that memorials, if desired, please be expressed through donations to The Salvation Army, Southern Territory Headquarters, 1424 NE Expressway, Atlanta, GA 30329. Mayes Ward-Dobbins Funeral Home and Crematory in Marietta will be handling the service.

Read more: The Marietta Daily Journal - HAYS Rebecca Guy Copeland
Family links: 
  Guy Lelex Copeland (1866 - 1954)
  Ida Jeanette Aughtry Copeland (1895 - 1968)
  Robert William Hays (1925 - 2010)*
*Calculated relationship
Georgia National Cemetery
Cherokee County
Georgia, USA
Plot: SEC 7 ROW A
Created by: Diane Simmons
Record added: Jul 07, 2011
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 Added: Jul. 7, 2011

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