Almagean Dement Hays

Published 11:32 pm Wednesday, July 9, 2008

By Staff
Mrs. Almagean Dement Hays, 90, died Tuesday, July 8, 2008, in a local medical facility after a brief illness. She was a native of Piggott, Ark., and a former resident of Bossier Parish, La., before moving to Brewton in 1957. She was a nurse with D.W. McMillan for 21 years before retiring in 1983. She was active in numerous organizations for more than 50 years and spearheaded the formation of the Civic League nursing scholarship at Jefferson Davis Community College. She worked with the Deep South Girl Scout Council and member of the Civic League, Meadorwood Garden Club, Coalition for a Healthier Escambia County, Care Team Network and the Escambia County Historical Society. She served on the Red Cross board of directors, the leader of the Alzheimer's Caregivers Support Group and affiliated with the Area Agency on Aging. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Brewton and active in her Sunday school class. She was preceded in death by her husband of more than 48 years, Vernon Hays.
She is survived by three daughters, Ida Catherine (Jim) Mitchem of Pensacola, Fla., Vernon Jean (John) McDonald of Hot Springs, Ark., and Susan (Thomas) Smith of Spanish Fort; two brothers, George Dement Jr. of Bossier City, and Mastin Dement of Houston, Texas; a sister, Carmanelle Thornton of Minden, La.; eight grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be Friday, July 11, at 11 a.m. preceded by visitation at 10 a.m. at First Baptist Church of Brewton. Graveside services will follow at Green Acres Memorial Park with Williams Memorial Chapel Funeral Home directing.