Shannon M. Hays
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Shannon Mary O’Mara (VanDevander, Biggs) Hays, 90, of Reliance, went to sleep with Jesus Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013, in a local health care facility.

She was born on Nov. 23, 1922, to the late Selma and James O’Mara of Indianapolis.

She was a graduate of the old Emrich Manual High School in Indianapolis. She was loved by all those who knew her and was a charter member of the Benton Seventh-day Adventist Church.

She was preceded in death by her stepfather, Lewthaniel Pettigrew; her late husband, Ed Hays and grandson, Kirk Key.

She is survived by her three sons: Robert H. VanDevander Jr. (Donna), John M. VanDevander (Sharon) and David J. VanDevander (Angela); adopted daughter, Louise Ostgard; grandchildren: Angie Krukemeier (Tom), Rob VanDevander III (Terri), Julie Gabler (Don), Linda Waters (John), David VanDevander II and Matthew VanDevander; eight great-grandchildren; brothers: James O’Mara of Indianapolis and Richard O’Mara (Pat) of Beechgrove, Ind., and many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, at Benton Community Seventh-day Adventist Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to 3 ABN or Laurelbrook Nursing Home in Dayton.

Higgins Funeral Home, Benton, is in charge of arrangements.

We invite you to send a message of condolence and view the Hays family guest book at