She was a charter member of Benton Seventh-day Adventist Church.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Selma and James O’Mara; stepfather, Lewthaniel Pettigrew; late husband, Ed Hays and grandson, Kirk Key.
She is survived by her three sons: Robert H. VanDevander Jr., John M. VanDevander and David J. VanDevander; adopted daughter, Louise Ostgard; six grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; brothers: James O’Mara and Richard O’Mara; and many nieces and nephews.
A memorial service will be held at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, at the Benton Community Seventh-day Adventist Church.
Higgins Funeral Home of Benton is in charge of arrangements.