Jean Hayden Saunders
Visitation will be held Wednesday, November 5, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. at Unity Baptist Church. Funeral service will follow at 11:00 a.m. at Unity Baptist Church. Burial will be at Unity Cemetery under the direction of Picayune Funeral Home.
Jean was born on June 18, 1925 in Bastrop, Louisiana. She was the daughter of George E. Hayden and Bettie Lowe Whetstone Hayden. She graduated from Glen Allan High School and attended Mississippi Delta Community College. She was a housewife in her later years but worked for a number of years in retail sales. She became a District Manager for World Book Encyclopedia and won many awards for her sales productivity. She was first and foremost a very dedicated Christian, and participated in Lay Renewal meetings across the state. She was a former member of First Baptist Church of Picayune for many years and served as President of the Women’s Missionary Union, taught a ladies Sunday School class and sang in the choir. Later she transferred her membership to Unity Baptist Church where she taught a ladies Sunday School class, sang in the Choir and was a very active member of the WMU and a prayer warrior interceding for others through the Prayer Ministry at the GAP for many years. Her life revolved primarily around her church and she seized every opportunity to witness for the LORD Jesus Christ.
She was preceded in death by her Husband, James Wesley Saunders, her parents, her 3 sisters: Vivian Hayden Barefield, Dorothy Hayden Hurdle, and Earline Hayden Boyd and her Brother, Robert E. Hayden.
Jean is survived by son, David S. Holland, Jr. of Brookhaven; daughters, Suzette Saunders Bond (Bobby) of Picayune, and Sandra Holland King (Campbell) of Florence, Alabama; 7 grandchildren: Laura King McKee (Jonathan), Kimberly King Robertson (Bill), Kristin King Allen (Brad), Andrea Holland Wilson (Steve), Todd Hayden Holland (Jamie), Brittany Bond and Brandi Bond and also by 8 great-grandchildren who she adored, sister-in-law, Joann Saunders, and a host of nieces and nephews.
The family would like to gratefully acknowledge our mother’s caregivers: Susan and Reggie Parmer, Dana and Twig Branch, Nelda Stockstill, and New Country Living Staff and especially Julie.
In lieu of flowers memorials can be made to Unity Baptist Church.
Arrangements are under the direction of Picayune Funeral Home. Please visit our website for the obituary. You can leave an online condolence or share photos and memories. www.picayunefuneral.com