Molly Jo Hayward

Molly Jo Hayward

Molly Jo Hayward, 57, of Maquoketa, Iowa, passed away on Easter Sunday, April 21, 2019, at her home in Maquoketa.

A gathering of family and friends celebrating Molly’s life will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 1, at Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa. Cremation has taken place and a private burial will held at the Esgate Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, at a later date.

Molly Jo Hayward was born on Jan. 1, 1962, in Bellevue, Iowa, to Donald Levi and Charlene Mary (Heister) Hayward. She was a 1980 graduate of Maquoketa Community High School. 

Molly had worked as a caregiver for many years. She had also been employed at Sunshine Day Care and lastly for B & C Liquor, both in Maquoketa.

Molly was an avid Chicago Bears fan. She enjoyed listening to music, shopping at secondhand stores, and playing cards, especially Euchre. Molly was a caregiver and burned the candle at both ends and it gave a lovely light. And it illuminated everybody who ever encountered her.

Molly is survived by her son, Zackary Michael Hayward of Maquoketa, Iowa; sisters, Lisa (Danny Sylvester) Belsan of Maquoketa, Iowa, Susan (Galen) Kremer of Maquoketa, Iowa, and Linda (Dr. Larry) Cammarata of Asheville, N.C.; brothers, Mike Hayward of Maquoketa, Iowa, and Tom Stutting of Camanche, Iowa; nieces, Amanda (Allen) Belsan-Boston, and Marcie Davidson; nephews, Jo Stutting, Kevin Stutting, Tommy Stutting, and Wes Hayward; and several cousins including second cousin Megan Jo Hayward.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorial contributions may be directed to the family online by donating at

Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family; online condolences may be left at