Adelaide R. “Addie” Hays

Adelaide Rosemary Massey Hays

April 28, 1936 ~ March 24, 2024 

Adelaide “Addie” was born to Adelaide Rosemary (O’Neil) and Paul Powers Massey in Omaha, NE.  She was preceded in death by her husband, Laurence R. Hays; sister, Rita Thompson.  Addie is survived by siblings: San Carlson, Art Massey, and Bob Massey; as well as her children: Mark (Julia) Hays of Spring, TX, Alison (Mark) McGill of Wahoo, NE, Kelly (Don) Orsi-Whittington, Heather (Larry) Uhl, and Tiffany (Kevin) Regan of Omaha, NE.  She loved, and was loved by sixteen grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren on the way.

VISITATION: Monday, April 1st, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., followed by Vigil beginning at 7 p.m., at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church, 6116 Dodge St.

MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Tuesday, April 2nd, at 10 a.m., St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church.

Interment: Calvary Cemetery

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be directed to St Jude Children’s Research Hospital or St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church.

To view a live broadcast of the Vigil and Mass, please visit and click the “Live Cast” button at the top of the home page.

Adelaide went by many names, Mrs. L.R.Hays, Addie, Grandma Honeycakes, and Marmie. She wore many hats, wife, mother, grandmother, baker, neighborhood matriarch, bridge partner, and friend. A lifelong parishioner of St. Margaret Mary, Addie had deep roots in the community and parish. The Hays house was the neighborhood stop where the school kids gathered, hoping for some hot breakfast in the morning and warm chocolate chip cookies in the afternoon! She was the “mom” with the always available ear, the voice of reason to those who needed it, and an unbridled pillar of support to all. She was known for her involvement throughout all our school careers and the milestones we achieved. Her presence impacted the neighborhood children and their families, which in turn allowed multiple generations to be graced by her personality and kindness. She left an everlasting impression on so many lives and her legacy will go on for generations to come, through memories that were instilled by her just being her. She is the epitome of what we all strive to be, wrapped up in a small, but mighty firecracker that rocked jogging suits, a fresh coat of bright lipstick and her signature strand of pearls. May we appreciate the little things in life, bacon, game shows, and an ice-cold Coke! Hey Google, “What’s the temperature in Heaven?”


  • Theresa Bittner Posted March 25, 2024 7:50 pm

    She was so very good to us! I remember making auger Easter eggs, breakfast at her house and rides in the winter

  • Lori Howard Posted March 26, 2024 9:30 am

    I’m deeply sorry for your loss. May your mother’s love and memories bring you comfort during this difficult time.

  • Ray Williams Posted March 26, 2024 6:15 pm

    Will be thinking of all family & friends in the hours & days ahead. Am remembering her 80th Birthday Party some years ago – and that she liked the song “Under A Blanket Of Blue”. Addie was a great lady with a grand life.

  • Mary Jo Mainelli Raiti Posted March 26, 2024 6:27 pm

    Your Mother was one in a million. There are no words. Hugs to all 💔😢

  • Gabina Wilm Posted March 31, 2024 6:50 pm

    Mark, Julie, Larry & girls. I am deeply sorry for the loss of your dear mother, mother in law , and grandmother. I hope that the exemplary life that she lived is a guide and comfort to you in the days ahead. Love & prayers, Gabina Wilm

  • Colleen Pfeifer (Jeanette Barry’s daughter) Posted April 1, 2024 6:06 pm

    On behalf of my family, we send condolences to your family on the loss of your mom. Addie was a good friend to our mom. Her smile would light up a room. I know she will be missed by many.. Remember the good times you shared with her and that will bring you comfort and peace. May God bless all of you during this difficult time.

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