Krista Hays passed away in the early morning of January 13th after a year-long fight with pancreatic cancer. She was peaceful, comfortable and surrounded by family. She was a mother, wife, friend and dedicated 23-year Navy spouse. Krista pushed her family towards adventure all over the world. She made a home and built communities in Florida, the Pacific Northwest, Japan, Scotland, California, Nigeria, Virginia, Cameroon, Germany, Djibouti and Italy before returning to Ohio to fight her disease with family.
Everywhere Krista went, she worked or volunteered to strengthen and reinforce the communities around her. She was a passionate girl scout leader establishing troops overseas in five different locations. She lead squadron families through five deployments and countless detachments and exercises. She introduced US service families to life working at Embassies on the African continent. She served as Community Liaison Officer in Cameroon and Djibouti, getting paid for what she was already doing, stitching together the world around her for the benefit of all there. She was a mentor for young families about to move to adventurous and austere locations world-wide and reveled in this role.
Krista is taken too soon; leaving behind two strong, intelligent, energetic beautiful young women, her husband, her parents, siblings and in-laws. She leaves a hole in a loving web of family and friends across Ohio, the United States and the World.
In honor of Krista, please consider making a gift in her name for the Cure for Pancreatic Cancer Fund (313777). Together we can stop this disease!