Mary Ayres, 96

Mary Elizabeth Ayres, 96, North Manchester, passed away peacefully in her home surrounded by her family Oct. 31, 2017, at 9:48 p.m.

The daughter of Fred J. and Mary (Badger) Badskey, she was born Feb. 15, 1921, during a farm sale at their home on the Kosciusko/Wabash County line.  She always lived around North Manchester, and graduated from Chester High School in 1939. 

She married Arden E. Ayres on Feb. 24, 1940, while working for Dr. Eugene Cook.  She worked at the Steer Inn, north of Silver Lake, starting the day it opened for 10 years.  Was a 4-H leader for 10 years.  She also worked as a secretary in the treasurer’s office at Manchester College for 17 years. 

Mary served the First Brethren Church for 70 years, children’s superintendent teacher, Patroness of Sisterhood of Mary and Martha, chapter member of the Hadassah Circle, Sunday School Secretary and helping in kitchen for dinners and funeral dinners.  She was a member of Congressional Christian Church, and was active with Dorcas Ladies Ministry and serving at breakfasts.  She also served as a deacon.

She was a member of Town and Country Club for 60 years, Ladies League at Sycamore Golf Course, the Laketon Lions Club and the Order of Eastern Star. 

She is survived by a daughter, Becky Sue (David) Long of Yorba Linda, Calif., and three sons, Terry (Toni) Ayres of Leesburg, David (Sherri) Ayres of South Whitley, and Dennis (Annette) Ayres of North Manchester; 15 grandchildren, Tricia Robinson, Trent Ayres, Brad, Bryan, Brendon, and Brandt Watrous, Denver, Jason, Hilari and Halie Ayres, Ryan and Andy Ayres, Abbie Richards and Erin Long; and 34 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents and brother Lorin Badskey, nephew Jerry Badskey, and Andy Beck, grandson. 

Family and friends may call Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017, from 4-8 p.m. at McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester, and two hours prior to services on Friday.  Services will be Friday, November 3, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at Congregational Christian Church, 310 North Walnut St., North Manchester.  Officiating pastors are J.P. Freeman and Denver Ayres. Burial will follow in Oaklawn Cemetery, North Manchester.

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Posted on 2017 Nov 01