A former Calhoun woman connected to Calhoun's historic families has passed.

Mary Louise Powell Hays, formerly of Arnoldsburg, died in Roanoke, VA on January 22, 2014 at the age of 80. She is predeceased by her husband of 55 years, Samuel Arnold Hays and her parents, Thurl Charles and ZoŽ Altizer Powell.

Mary lived in and around Arnoldsburg her entire childhood and benefited from this small town surrounded by farmland. A lifelong lover of animals, she always had a variety of pets and farm animals on which she doted. She loved make believe, climbing trees, catching crawdads in the creek and riding her bike down very steep roads when her parents were not looking.

She married her next door neighbor, Samuel Arnold Hays in 1951, after he served in World War II and graduated from WVU with a law degree.

They were married in the town's United Methodist Church, Louisa Chapel, named for Mr. Hays' great grandmother Louisa Sexton, who was married to Peregrine Hays, who gave the land on which the church was built.

Having been born during the Great Depression, family members said her frugality made her love the hunt for a bargain, which she nearly raised to an art form.

Her gregarious nature, hospitality, sense of humor and loyalty to friends and family are attributes that truly defined her. But her love of God and Christian devotion shaped her entire life through faithful worship and study, singing in choirs, personal prayer, and service.

A memorial service will be held Feb. 1, 2014 at Christ Episcopal Church, 1101 Franklin Rd., Roanoke, VA.

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