Jennifer Sue Hayes, 51, of Grand Rapids, MI, died October 7, 2020 with her family in Pellston, MI. A private service is planned due to attendance restrictions related to COVID-19.
Jennifer was born September 9, 1969 in Grand Rapids, MI, the daughter of Barbara (Ellis) and Hampton Hayes. She grew up in Grand Rapids and attended Northview High School. She is survived by her father, Hampton (Martha) Hayes, sisters Melissa (Darrin) Benzing and Sarah (Chris) Kincaid, daughters Samantha (Kevin) Dush and Akur Choul, and grandchildren Charlie and Amelia Dush, and Lexi Choul.
Jennifer was a devoted member of her community who spent time volunteering for various community organizations, and placed significant value on helping others.
Jennifer enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren. Traveling with her daughter was a highlight of her life. Jennifer spent many happy hours visiting Samantha, Kevin, Amelia, and Charlie on the river, digging for clams, and cheering on “stomp rocket” competitions. She also loved to sing, whether a cappella or at karaoke with close friends.
Jennifer was preceded in death by her mother Barbara (Ellis) Hayes, grandparents Russell and Virginia Ellis, and grandparents Hampton Sr and Ida Hayes.
In lieu of flowers, Jennifer would want you to patronize a local restaurant, supporting them, appropriately masked and socially distanced, of course. As she derived so much enjoyment in exploring other cultures through the sharing of food, preferably with family and friends.
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