Nila Lee Hayes, 82

Nila Lee Hayes, 82, of Kokomo, died at 9:02 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020 at her home. She was born March 8, 1937 in Servia to Roy Willard and Evelyn M. (Bechtold) Mowrer.

Nila was a 1953 graduate of Wabash High School. She married Robert Devon Siders in Wabash on Sept. 21, 1953; he died September 2, 1974. She attended the Abundant Life Church in Kokomo. Nila enjoyed reading, square dancing, and going to bible study and church. 

She is survived by four children, John Robert Siders and Rick E. (ToniLynn) Siders, both of Lagro, Lisa G. (Rick) Winter of Kokomo, and Brent L. Siders of Tampa, Fla.; 13 grandchildren; 30 great grandchildren; sister, Kris (Michael) Walker of Tampa; and her extended family, Mary Pace, Jerry (Terry) Pace Jr., Karl Pace, and Kurt (Melissa) Pace.  She was also preceded in death by her parents; son, Robert Devon Siders, Jr.; daughter, Teresa L. Siders; brother, Michael Mowrer; sister, Elaine Hardesty; and her longtime companion, Jerry Pace.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31, 2020 at Grandstaff-Hentgen Bender Chapel, 207 W. Main St., North Manchester with Pastor Charles Riley officiating. Burial will be in Fairview Cemetery, Servia.  Friends may call 12:30-2 p.m. Friday, at the funeral home.

Preferred memorial is Lupus Foundation.

The memorial guest book for Nila may be signed at

Posted on 2020 Jan 29