Barbara Jean Hays, 83, of Weirton passed away Saturday August 27, 2016, at the Allegheny Hospital in Pittsburgh, PA. Born on July 21, 1933, at her family's home in Weirton, WV, Barbara beat all medical odds of survival. She was born severely premature with a birth weight of one and a half pounds. Through the grace of God and the love and care of her family she lived 83 years. Prior to her marriage on April 28, 1959, she worked as a tin flopper at Weirton Steel . In 1958 she graced the cover of the Weirton Steel Bulletin, the same picture that appears in her obituary. Barbara lived a quiet life she found enjoyment in sharing time with her husband, three beautiful daughters, and five loving grandchildren. In her free time she enjoyed watching movies and reading books. In her later years she enjoyed visiting Tricia at work and interacting with the children. Barbara was preceded in death by her parents, Edward Kraina, and Kenneth and Vesta Helmick Kraina Higginbotham; and her husband, Winford W. "Shorty" Hays, on August 15, 2008. She is survived by her three daughters, Tammy and Ed Zivic of Chesapeake, VA; Gina and Bob Monte of Bethel Park, PA, and Tricia Hays Lamantia of Colliers, WV; her five grandchildren, Alissa and Matthew Monte, Noelle Lamantia, and Braxton and Anessa Zivic; a step son, Fred and Rita Hays of Kettering, OH, and a sister, Patty and Dr. Ed Andochick of Fredrick MD. Visitation will be 4-8 PM Tuesday at the Greco Hertnick Funeral Home 3219 Main Street Weirton, WV, where funeral services will be conducted at 8 PM. Rev. Larry Barkley will preside. Private entombment will be in Highland Hills Memorial Gardens, Follansbee, WV. Share tributes and memories at www.grecohertnick.com

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  1. Tammy, Gina and Tricia, I am so sorry to hear of Cousin Barb’s passing. She was a lovely, gentle woman. She used to write me beautiful notes every year with her Christmas cards. I will remember her and all of you in my prayers.

  2. Tricia, Tammy and Gina, I am so sorry for your loss. She had a life filled with an abundance of love from all of you. My heart and prayers are with you and your entire family… always. Jennifer Hatala-Nesbit and family

  3. I’m very sorry to hear of your mother’s passing. I was blessed to be one of her caretakers through home healthcare. She was such an amazing women and I thought of her often. Prayers to the family.

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