Jennifer Hayes Mandela, 53, of Mooresville, N.C., passed away on Saturday, January 25, 2020, at her residence.

She was born on May 20, 1966, in Peru, to Lawrence and Sylvia Carter Hayes.

In addition to her parents, she is survived by her husband, Joseph Mandela; brothers, Mark Hayes and wife Susan,  and David Hayes and wife Debra; sister, Sharon Elliott; numerous nieces and nephews; and her beloved cat, Crash.

The family will receive friends on Thursday, January 30, from 3 to 4 p.m. with a service following at 4:00 PM at Cavin-Cook Funeral Home Chapel with Eddie Karriker officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to American Behcet’s Disease Association (ABDA), P.O. Box 80576, Rochester, MI 48308.

Cavin-Cook Funeral Home & Crematory, Mooresville, is serving the Mandela family. Condolences may be made to the family at

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