Mary Catherine Safriet Hayes, 94, of Statesville, N.C., was welcomed into her heavenly home by her savior Jesus Christ on Tuesday, December 1, 2021. She was born on July 18, 1927, to the late James Martin Safriet and Lizzie Seamon Safriet.

Mrs. Hayes worked for Southern Bell and later retired from Uniglass Industries in 1991. She was a lifetime member of the Grand Chapter of North Carolina order of the Eastern Star Chapter No. 214 as well as the National Federation of Business and Professional Womens Clubs.

She enjoyed traveling, sewing, cooking, and spending time with her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and friends.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Charles Kent Hayes (married August of 1948); sisters Laura Kimmel and Lois Harris; and brother Howard Safriet.

She is survived by her children, Charles “Chuck” R. Hayes (Nancy) of Calabash, N.C., and Dawn P. Hayes of Statesville; grandchildren, Joleen R. Sadowski (Aaron) and Joey L. Renegar Jr. (Lori) of Statesville; great grandchildren Lauren N. Sadowski (Zack Tellier), Samantha S. Vogel (Chad), Erin M. Sadowski, Cayden L. Renegar and Jase M. Renegar of Statesville; and several furry four-legged family members.

She was loved greatly and will be dearly missed.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Tuesday, December 7, at 11 a.m. in the Nicholson Funeral Home Chapel in Statesville with private burial immediately following. The service will be live streamed beginning promptly at 11 a.m. You may watch the service at

Mary loved flowers and they are welcomed in her memory. Memorials can be made to local animal shelters or rescues, the North Carolina home for children in Oxford, N.C., or a charity of your choice.

Fond memories and online condolences may be left at

Nicholson Funeral Home is serving the Hayes family.

2 thoughts on “Mary Catherine Safriet Hayes

  1. Chuck & Nancy and Dawn. Sorry to hear about your mom. Dawn told me several years ago she stayed with each of you. How wonderful you had her so many years. God bless. Pat Moore

  2. Mary was one of the nicest people that I have had the honor of knowing, a pleasure & joy to work with. twp.

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