Sophia Madelyn "Sustus" Hayes, 77, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday (Jan. 9, 2018). She was born in Fairmont and raised in Mannington. Presbyterian by faith, she was also a member of the Greek Orthodox Church in Clarksburg, proudly doing so as this was her father's heritage.
She graduated from Mannington High School Class of 1957. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in secondary education, specializing in English and Business from Fairmont State College Class of 1961. She taught full-time in Tampa, Florida then relocated back to West Virginia. After the birth of her children, she was a substitute teacher for many years in Marion and Monongalia counties. She also had a specialized certificate in special education and worked as an aide with special needs children in Harrison County.
She was married to William "Fred" Hayes on July 29, 1961 for 46 years until his passing in April 2007. She was a long-time and faithful member of the American Legion in Shinnston, and the Moose and Eagles lodges both of Fairmont.
She would tell you her two greatest achievements were her two loving children, Michael Hayes and wife Sherry of Rivesville and Sherry Hayes Weatherly and her husband Chris of Fairmont. She has five devoted grandchildren, William Hayes and his wife Sarah of Winchester, Virginia, Racheal Wilson and her husband Doug of Morgantown, Michael Steven Hayes of Rivesville, Jenna Elizabeth Weatherly and fiancé CJ Snider of Fairmont, and Jessie Rose Weatherly of Fairmont. She was also blessed with three adorable great-grandchildren Eli Maverick Hayes of Winchester, Virginia, Isabella Adriann Snider of Fairmont, and Lillian Adelya Snider of Fairmont. She also has many cousins, sisters-in-law, caring neighbors and friends from Australia, Turkey, Florida, Ohio and Fairmont.
She was preceded in death by her loving husband Fred, her parents Michael and Nellie "Nester" Sustus and two sisters who died in infancy, Violet and Mary Sustus.
She and her husband were adventurous souls who traveled all 50 states and also were world travelers who had been to all continents but two. They were snowbirds who traveled to Fort Lauderdale, Florida each winter. She was also quite a dancer and lover of music. She loved to read, play the piano and sew. She also was a lover of cats and was always rescuing and giving them a home. She will be greatly missed by her family. Lasting words from Sophia are as the epitaph on her tombstone reads "To Live In The Hearts Of Those We Love Is Not To Die!"
Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 12 and from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Jan 13 at the Hutson Funeral Home, 3171 Husky Highway, Farmington, where funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. with Pastor Wayne Efaw officiating. Interment will follow at the IOOF Cemetery in Farmington.
Condolences may be accessed at www.hutsonfuneralhomes.com.
Published on January 11, 2018