SIKESTON - Matthew Paul Hayden, 15, died April 23, 2003, at Missouri Delta Medical Center.
Born June 8, 1987, in Perryville, son of Jeff Hayden of Perryville and Lisa Hafner of Park Hills, he was the foster son of Mike and Melissa Stewart of Sikeston and a student at the New Dawn State School in Sikeston.
Survivors in addition to his parents and foster parents include: his foster brother, Chris Stewart of Sikeston; half sister, Nikki Hayden of Perryville; special friends, Michelle Collins of Scott City, Bryce Faulkner of Sikeston and Cameron Green of Benton; and his classmates, including Michael and Billy. He is also survived by his former caregiver, Barbara Lewis Zook of Sikeston.
Their memories of Matthew were laughter.
He was preceded in death by one sister, Jennifer Hayden.
Visitation is from noon Friday until service time at 2 p.m. at Ponder Funeral Home. The Rev. Tom Ayers will officiate.
Burial will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery in Sikeston.
Pallbearers will be: Tommy Wiggins, Michael Newton, Charles Faulkner and Don Tinnin.