Mrs. Helen Joy Hays, age 86, of Salado passed away May 13th, 2023 at her residence in the
presence of her loved ones.
She was born July 25, 1936, in Thorndale, TX, a daughter of Ruby and Coulter Cravy. She raised
her children in Austin, TX, made a life in Round Rock, TX and later in life called Salado, TX home.
Helen was preceded in death by her husband, Winston Hays; daughter, Deborah Lynn Price;
son in law, John G. Keller. She is survived by her daughter Kathy Keller; son, John Hoyt and wife
Susan Hoyt; grandchildren, Spencer Price, Kevin Keller and wife Robin Keller, and Kasey Smith
and husband, Sam Smith; great grandchildren, Branson and Sadie Smith and Wyatt and Addison
Helen was a long-time member of the Salado United Methodist Church, and when she wasn’t
serving there, you could find her at the ballpark watching her grandchildren and great
grandchildren play ball. She loved to write, and her family would spend countless hours poring
over her written words and prayers. Helen enjoyed playing hand and foot and dominoes,
feeding hummingbirds, and giving anyone that would listen her opinion on God and politics.
For most, Helen was not known by Helen, but instead “Nana”. She was not only Nana to her
given family, but also to her community. Her love for Jesus spilled over in every area of her life,
and in her death, she would challenge us all to draw nearer to God and shine Jesus’ light
brightly in this world.
The visitation will be Thursday, May 18 th , 5:30 – 7:30 at Broecker Funeral Home in Salado, TX.
Services will be Friday, May 19 th at 10:30 AM at Grace Church in Salado, TX with a luncheon to
follow. The burial will be in Salado Cemetery after the luncheon.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to: Grace Church, 5798 FM 2484, Salado, TX 76571
Services in the care of Broecker Funeral Home of Salado.
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