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OBIT Ada Lee Hays Combs 1935-2011

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OBIT Ada Lee Hays Combs 1935-2011

Posted: 1355593611000
Classification: Obituary
Surnames: Hays, Caudill, Combs

Ada Lee Hays Combs, age 76 of Fairborn, OH when home to be with the Lord on April 29, 2011 at Hospice of Dayton after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Ada was born March 19, 1935 in Letcher County, KY to the late Henison and Gertrude (Caudill) Hays. In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by three sisters, Ruby Jewell Hays, Norma Jeanne Hays, Ruth Anne Jodry; a brother, James D. Hays. She is survived by her husband (and childhood sweetheart) of 56 years, Allen “Pete” Combs; a son, Tom and good friend Steve Reffner of Germantown, OH; three brothers, Henison Hays and wife Penny of Amarillo, TX, Watson Hays and wife Darla of Muscatine, IA, Wilson Hays and wife Judy of Excelsior, MO; a sister, Jackie Cumpston and husband Ronald of Beavercreek, OH; brother-in-law, Larry Jodry of Chelmsford, MA; plus many wonderful in-laws, precious cousins, nieces, nephews, and a host of friends. Ada was an avid reader, amazing cook, and loved being outdoors in her garden. Other than being a homemaker, early in her adult life Ada worked as a Proofreader for McCall’s Magazine for several years. She then became secretary/bookkeeper for the family owned construction business for over 25 years. She was a philanthropist by heart, always willing to give or lend a helping hand where needed. She was known for her encouraging, hand written notes of cheer. Ada was a member of Maple Heights Baptist Church and found deep comfort in her faith in God. She was a devoted Sunday school teacher for many years and a living testimony wherever she went. The family expresses a heartfelt thanks to the “angels of mercy” at all the various oncology departments for the great care, support, and love shown to her during her lengthy treatments. Ada loved her family, friends, and the simple things in life and will be missed by all who knew her. The family received friends on May 2, 2011 from 5:00 until 7:00 P.M. in the Belton-Stroup Funeral Home, 422 E. Dayton-Yellow Springs Rd., Fairborn. A funeral service will be held May 3, 2011 at 11:00 A.M. in the Maple Heights Baptist Church, 144 W. Funderburg Rd., Fairborn, Pastor Chris Tannreuther officiating. Interment will follow in the Byron Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Dayton. Condolences may be made to the family at

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