Julie Jennifer (Hart) Hayes of Morgantown, WV, unexpectedly departed this world for her heavenly one  on Thursday, June 10, 2021. 

She was born August 11, 1977, in Clarksburg, WV, a daughter of James Hart and Mary Nicholson.  She was a 1995 graduate of Doddridge County High School, West Union, WV, and attended Fairmont State College, obtaining degrees in Sociology and Criminal Justice.  During college, Julie worked for Dr. Mark Lilly’s Dentist practice, Bridgeport, followed by Allegheny Power for many years before returning to college to obtain a Master’s in Business Administration from WVU.  

Julie married Jonathan (Jon) Hayes.  They operated the local Comic Paradise Plus stores, and the WV Popular Culture and Comic Book convention.  Her love of the medical field led to her to become a certified Medical Transcriptionist, which she worked in addition to the stores.  She was always up for an adventure, travel, hiking, especially if it involved concerts or geocaching.  She was an experienced seamstress and loved crocheting to create one of a kind items for anyone who would ask or challenge her.   

Julie was a lover of all animals, especially cats.  She helped to home well over 20 cats throughout the past few years, while managing to fall in love and failing to place a few.  For her, family was everything, and she loved them with all her heart.  She was the matriarch of her blood family, as well as the family built from friends around her.

Through these and numerous other undertakings Julie’s smile, kindness, and perfect personality forever bound to her to anyone she met.

Surviving, in addition to her parents and husband, are her sister of the heart, Brittany Walker; cousins, Frances Cooper and Debora Bode and husband Mike and their child,, Amanda; mother-in-law, Jean Hayes; and more kittens than any person should be able to love.  She was blessed with a close and loving relationship with all her aunts, uncles and cousins.  

Preceding her in death were an aunt and uncle, Ivy and Bob Cooper; and father-in-law, Jack Hayes.

For any memorial offerings, please support your local animal shelter.

A viewing was held Thursday, June 17, at McCullough Funeral Home, Pennsboro.

The family will have a Celebration of Life in the near future, and Comic Paradise Plus will also host a Celebration of Life in the future.

Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.mcculloughraiguel.com