Elizabeth M. Roberts HAYES
Obituary notice from The Southern Christian Advocate
Vol 67 #44 page 15 col 2 issue dated April 7, 1904
from the Sandor Teszler Library of Wofford College:
HAYES---Mrs Elizabeth M Hayes was born in Marion county, SC., March 1, 1839, and
died October 30, 1903. With the exception of occasional outside the state, her entire
life was lived in her native county; and her home at the time of her death was within
a few miles of where she was born and died.
She came of worthy parentage. Her father, Col John Roberts, was a leading citizen
of his county, and a man of commanding influence. Her mother, who in maidenhood was
Miss Frances Mace, came of excellent family, and possessed many strong traits of character.
From both parents the daughter inherited noble qualities.
On April 29, 1856, she became the happy young wife of my uncle, Alexander G Hayes.
To them were born nine children, and six of these, together with the father, still
live to bless her memory.
She joined the Methodist Church when young, and lived a consistent member till her
death. She was always interested in the Church, and willingly did her part towards
support. As a neighbor, too, she was exceedingly kind and thoughtful. She was ever
ready, when physically able, to visit the sick and to minister to their wants. In
dispensing charity, she was lavish, and many were the poor who received substantial help at her hands.
During most of her life she was little more than an invalid, and at times she
experienced periods of sickness attended with great suffering. She never complained
of her lot, but passed on through life with marvelous patience and wonderful cheerfulness. She was a great reader,
and had a mind well-stored with knowledge. Possessed of a wonderful memory, she was entertaining and instructive
in conversation. This constituted one of her social charms. She was a woman of strong will, and her influence upon
her children and among her friends was clear and decided. She was a splendid type of influential womanhood, and a
And here the writer wishes to acknowledge a debt of gratitude to her for constant kindness
to him ten years ago, through nearly three years of trying invalisism and enforced inactivity.
By her visits, her conversation, her sympathy, her encouragements, and other means, she did
much during those weary months to brighten his life and to make his affliction more easily borne.
She was to him, then and always, a good and helpful aunt, and, with love, he pays this humble tribute to her memory.
"A woman that feareth the Lord, she shall be praised".
J Marion Rogers