Dolly (Armes) Hayes - Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Homes & Crematory

Dolly (Armes) Hayes

September 18, 1935 - January 16, 2023

Dolly (Armes) Hayes, age 87, of New Castle, DE, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her loving family on Monday, January 16, 2023.

Born in West Virginia on September 18, 1935, she was a daughter of the late Harland James and Sarah Jane (Meadows) Armes. Dolly worked as a lead cashier at a department store for many years.

Dolly and her husband, Joseph were inseparable, they did everything together and shared many of the same interests. During the holidays, they would make appearances at different locations as Santa and Mrs. Claus. Dolly also enjoyed riding trains and watching old TV shows. Her greatest joy in life was spending time with her family, they were her pride and joy.

In addition to her parents, Dolly was preceded in death by her husband, Joseph E. “Rocky” Hayes, Sr.; daughter, Joanna Simpers; granddaughter, Angel Simpers; and her brothers and 1 sister. She is survived by her children, Janie Dunfee (Wayne) of Bear, Joseph Hayes, Jr. (Jeanette) of New Castle, and James Hayes (Janice) of New Castle; sisters, Lola Debbrecht of New Castle, Elsie, and Frieda; grandchildren, Jason, Derrick, Jessica, Lauren, Andrew, Joey, Patrick, Nicole, and Ashleen; 9 great-grandchildren; and 2 great-great-grandchildren.

A visitation for family and friends will be held from 4 pm until 6 pm on Sunday, January 22, 2023, at Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 1000 North DuPont Parkway, New Castle, DE. A funeral service will begin at 10 am on Monday, January 23, 2023, at the funeral home. Interment will be held privately.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Dolly’s memory to Marine Toys for Tots, 18251 Quantico Gateway Drive, Triangle, VA  22172 or online by clicking here.


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  • Junior, Bubby and Janie,
    My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. You were blessed with a great set of parents. I know that none of us had it all growing up. Our parents made sure we felt safe, cared for and loved.
    Take care of each other,
    Danny Fromal

  • My sincere condolences to Janie & the Haynes family.
    Love you.

  • Janie, Jr. and Bubby so very sad at the loss of your sweet Mom, Ms Dolly. She is with Rocky now and forever. Will miss that beautiful smile.
    Love and Prayers
    Roni Griffith & Sons.

  • I’m so sorry for your loss my prayers are with you and your family
    your Mom and Dad were the greatest couple I’ve ever known ..
    I love them dearly


  • 😘💔 sending love and prayers to you, Janie, and family..
    She was a great woman! Many many memories of your mom with us kids…all the cakes she made for us. She will be sadly missed! Love you!