By AFRO Staff

Sonia L. Hayes, the mother of West Baltimore Del. Antonio Hayes (D-40), died on April 3 at the age of 53.

She was the third child of Mildred L. Frisby and the late Lawrence “Babe” Hayes, born Dec. 5, 1961. Hayes, affectionately known as “Pinky,” was educated in the Baltimore City Public Schools and held numerous jobs throughout her life.

Sonia L. Hayes, Mother of Del. Antonio Hayes. (Photo Courtesy of Del. Antonio Hayes Twitter @AntonioHayes40)

She attended Gethsemane Baptist Church in the Penn North neighborhood of West Baltimore in her early years and Hayes would occasionally attend the church with her father in later years. A natural storyteller with a great sense of humor, Hayes was very well known in the Penn North community where she grew up.

She leaves to mourn her loss: Five children, Antonio Hayes, Sonia Hayes, II, Tierra Hayes, Keyonia Hayes and Dawan Hayes; her mother, Mildred Frisby; a sister, Yvette Hayes (another sister Cynthia Hayes preceded her in death); four brothers, Antonio Hayes, Earl Frisby, Keith Hayes and Lawrence Hayes (two brothers, Lamont Hayes and Lamont Frisby preceded her in death); a Goddaughter Sonia Martin; and a close friend Olivia (Libby) Harris, along with a host of other family members and friends.

Joseph H. Brown Funeral Home (2140 N. Fulton Ave.), is providing funeral services for Sonia Hayes on April 12. The wake is 12:30 p.m., followed by the service at 1 p.m. There will be a repast at Westside Elementary School, 2235 N. Fulton Ave.