SOUTHAVEN, Miss. - Emma Grace Hayes, born March 29, 2007, went to be with the Lord on July 20, 2007, at Vanderbilt Children's Hospital in Nashville, Tenn., due to pre-surgical complications from a congenital heart defect.
Emma Grace went peacefully into God's presence in the arms of her father and mother, Robbie and Emily Hayes of Southaven, formerly of Madison.
Although Emma Grace faced many physical challenges during her short life, she touched the lives of countless individuals and was a vessel of God's love and light to her family, friends and all those who cared for her.
Because Emma Grace was unable to be taken home, the special love and care she received from all who attended her at Baptist Memorial Hospital for Women, LeBonheur Children's Hospital and Vanderbilt Children's Hospital was deeply appreciated. Emma Grace's family is particularly grateful to Dr. Vijaya Joshi for his care and support through many difficult days.
Along with her parents, Emma Grace is survived by her big brother, Rob Hayes, age 3; maternal grandparents, Dr. and Mrs. Bill Turner of Malden, Mo.; paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Bobby Hayes of Liberty; great-
grandmothers, Mrs. R.B. Schaffer of Mantee and Mrs. Harry Turner of Lilbourn, Mo.; Uncle Kyle Turner of St. Charles, Mo.; Aunt Susan and Uncle Dade Davis of Watson, La.; and cousins, Payten Robertson, Keely Davis, Julia Davis, and Reagan Davis and many precious extended family members and friends.
Emma Grace was welcomed into heaven by her paternal great-grandparents, Clyde and Julia Wilson and Henry and Dollie Mae Hayes and cousin, Mitch Moore; her maternal great-grandfathers, R.B. Schaffer and Harry Turner; and great-great-grandmother, Emma Schaffer for whom she was named.
The family will receive visitors from 6-9 p.m. today at Wright and Ferguson Funeral Home, 1161 Highland Colony Parkway, in Ridgeland. Visitation will continue from 10 a.m. until time of services at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Pinelake Baptist Church, 6071 Highway 25, in Brandon.
Burial will follow at Parkway Memorial Cemetery, 1161 Highland Colony Parkway in Ridgeland.
Memorials may be sent to:
LeBonheur Children's Hospital Pediatric Cardiac Care
50 Dunlap Memphis, TN 38103
Central Mississippi Down Syndrome Society P.O. Box 2189 Brandon, MS 39043