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Obituary for Sherry Hayes (Padgett)

Sherry Ann Hayes, 60, of Machesney Park, IL passed away on Saturday April 20, 2024.  Born August 29, 1963, in Rockford, IL, the daughter of John and Rita (VanVleck) Padgett.  Graduated from East High School, Class of 1981.  Sherry received multiple associate degrees through Rockford Business College.  She married James Hayes in 1996 in Las Vegas.  Sherry was a devoted wife and very loving mother.  Her grandchildren were her life's passion.  She loved to spend all her free time with her grandchildren.  Trips to the park and zoo were always a must.  Sherry loved trying to play video games like the wii and dancing to Black Eyed Peas in the living room.  She let her grandchildren do anything that was fun such as making a play with costumes and programs, having a snowball fight inside the house, or feeding the "pet" Gardner snakes in the backyard.  Sherry took care of every child she knew like they were her own children.  She also loved animals like they were her children too.  Sherry had so many pets, from the pet skunk she had as a kid to the many many dogs and cats she adored.  She was always up for an adventure and never missed an opportunity to have fun and take lots of pictures.  Survivors include her husband, James; children, Krista (Tim) Hubler and Matthew (Veroneca) Gaston; grandchildren, Robert, William, Tyler, and Alexander Hubler, Scarlett, and Frankie Gaston; father, John Padget; mother, Rita Dublo; brother, John Padgett, Jr.; numerous nieces and nephews; and loving pet dog, Walter.  We will forever miss the way she loved us all.  We will continue to hold her in our hearts as we keep the adventures and photography going on in her memory.

A Celebration of Life will be from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, May 26, 2024, at Kieselburg Forest Preserve, 5801 Swanson Road, Roscoe, IL, in the Redcedar Pavilion.  Cremation rites accorded.  Arrangements by Delehanty Funeral Home, 401 River Lane, Loves Park, IL.