Ella Mae Simoneaux Hays

pictureElla Mae Simoneaux Hays

Our sweet mom, sister, mama-in-law, and Granny Hays went to Heaven on October 5, 2016. She was born October 17, 1922 in Franklin, Louisiana, and she married Ray Anthony Hays in 1942. They moved to Dickinson, Texas in 1951 where she spent her remaining 65 years raising her children, sitting in her “assigned” seat at Shrine of the True Cross, making Christmas stockings and quilts for her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and all lucky enough to marry into the family. She spent her days quilting with her friends at Shrine of the True Cross Quilters and altering band uniforms for Dickinson High School.  Her grandkids were her life and entertained her with their New Years’ Eve pot-and-pan bands and went crabbing with her on the Texas City Dike. She even traveled to Italy and witnessed Pope Paul VI bless one of her grandchildren as he was entering St. Peter’s..

In 1968, she lost her husband and best friend, Ray, and is now reunited with him at last. She is also preceded in death by her parents, Abel and Stella Simoneaux, sister, Mildred LaJaunie, and her grandson, Jay William Duerer. She is survived by her brother, Stanley Simoneaux (Houma, LA) and sister, Belle Simoneaux (Morgan City, LA); her daughters, Linda Theriot “Gayle” (Pasadena, TX), Kay Harrigan “Mike” (Dickinson, TX), and Judy Duerer “Wayne” (Cypress, TX); grandchildren Kevin Theriot, Mickey Harrigan, Bill Theriot, Anthony Theriot, Jeff Harrigan, Wayne Duerer Jr., Ray Duerer and Tina Theriot along with numerous great and great-great grandchildren.

Visitation in her honor will be held Sunday, October 9, 2016 at Crowder Funeral Home in Dickinson from 5 to 8pm. The Rosary will begin at 7pm. Funeral Services will be Monday, October 10th at Crowder Funeral Home at 10am, followed by the interment at Mt. Olivet Catholic Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks you to consider a donation to Alzheimer’s Association. The funeral home has envelopes available for that purpose.


  1. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I wish I could be with you for some of the services; however, my wife requires 24/7 availability of my time. Please know that we are with you in spirit and love.

    Grace and peace,

    Deacon Ed Stoessel
  2. May the Lord Jesus Christ grant you peace and comfort as you remember and give thanks for her life.

    Bishop W. Earl Bledsoe
  3. She was my aunt, lovely know as Née Née, was a very special person to me in my young years. Love and God Bless her.

    Jim LaJaunie
  4. She was my aunt, lovely know as Née Née. A very special person in my young days.
    Knew and loved all 75 years of my life. God Bless her.

    Jim LaJaunie
  5. Love and prayers for you all.

    Ward English
  6. Our thoughts and prayers are with all the family in their time of loss…Especially to her grandson, Bill Theriot and his wife, Cathy and great granddaughter, Amanda Clawson and Serena Theriot….I know they will miss her very, very much.

    David and Janet Deems
  7. Our deepest sympathy goes out to the family for the loss of your dear one. She was a lovely lady and we remember her with great fondness. Our love and prayers go out to Linda and Gayle Theriot and Bill Theriot, his wife Cathy, and their daughter Serina. Wish we could be with you in your time of need but we are there in spirit, thoughts, and prayers.

    Richard and Janice Gray
  8. She was my Aunt I do remember her from years ago I was just a kid but from what I remember about her she was a sweet lady I wish I could have gotten to know her better. The world has lost a wonderful lady my thoughts and prayers go out to the families God be with you all
    Rick Simoneaux

    Rick Simoneaux
  9. We are gonna miss you ,one of the best aunts to all of us. RIP, Née Née

    A j la Jaunie

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