Helen E. “Betty” Ayres’s body died and spirit was set free in The Arms of Jesus Christ on 01/22/21. She passed quietly with her children by her side. We praise The One Triune God for the gift of a mother/grandmother who believed and never let go of her faith. She never stopped praying for her family, even when we were wayward. We are forever changed by who Christ was in her-that is a priceless legacy. Born in Brooklyn, NY to the late Robert H. & Ellen E. (Kiernan) Poggenburg; she had spent her adult life in Northeast Ohio. She was a member of St John’s Lutheran Church, Canal Fulton, OH and dear friend to Trinity Lutheran Church in Clinton, OH. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband of 61 years, Earnest O. Ayres. From their marriage they had 5 children; Elizabeth “Liz” (Tim) Ayres Thoren of Racine, OH; Margaret (Steve) Porter of Canal Fulton, OH; Barbara (Randy) Rohr of Canal Fulton, OH; Robert (Susan) Ayres of Laurens, SC and Ann (Carlton) Dingler of Canal Fulton, OH; 13 grandchildren; 9 great grandchildren with 2 more expected in 2021 and several furbearing grandkids. She is also survived by her many beloved cousins/nieces/nephews and “greats”. She was preceded in death by her sister Gay Hicks and brother Robert E. Poggenburg.
Mrs. Ayres will be honored by her family in a memorial service at a later date with interment at the Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery in Rittman, OH. Per her request, there will be no calling hours or visitation. If you wish to pay tribute to her life please do so by donation to St. John’s Lutheran Church, 336 Market Street West, Canal Fulton, OH 44614 in her name.
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St. John Lutheran Church
336 W. Market, Canal Fulton OH 44614