Deloris Marie Ayers, 87

A memorial service for Deloris Marie Ayers, 87, of Gainesville, was held Oct. 12, 2019, in the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses west of Gainesville. Mrs. Ayers died Oct. 9 at Baxter Regional Medical Center in Mountain Home, Arkansas.

She was born May 30, 1932, in Waterloo, Wisconsin, the daughter of  George Schutz and Anna Janish. She  grew up on a farm during the Great Depression and was known for her industrious personality and hardworking attitude, often working three jobs at a time. Over the years, her occupations included working at a shoe factory, butchering chickens for a poultry company and working as a lathe operator. She assembled door mats out of recycled tires, worked at a wood products company, was a certified nursing assistant, worked at a restaurant, did house cleaning, sold Fuller and Watkins products, read electric meters, worked in a deli, processed deer and worked at a full service transport station and at several other jobs.

Mrs. Ayers enjoyed fishing, gardening, woodworking, refinishing furniture and her annual walnut harvest. She took pride in her lawn and could often be seen hard at work, keeping it neat and tidy. She lived a full life.

She enjoyed studying the Bible and was baptized as one of Jehovah’s Witnesses on April 20, 2002. She always felt her education was limited, but it never prevented her from sharing the Bible’s message with others. Many in the community looked forward to her regular visits.

She was dearly loved for her positive spirit and will be missed by her family and many friends.

She is survived by her daughter, Susan Schultz, and two sons, Jeffrey Wolff and Daniel Ayers, all of Gainesville; grandchildren Jennifer Jones, Jessica Borland, Danielle Hogue, Diana Cobb, Kyle Shultz, Chelsea Ayers and Caleb Ayers; great-grandchildren Karson, Kenzee and Contessa Jones; and two brothers, Steve and Earl Schutz, and a sister, Eleanor Ludtke, all of Wisconsin.

She was preceded in death by her father, George Schutz; her mother, Anna Janish; her stepmother, Margaret Schutz; a sister, Nancy; and a brother, Francis.

Online condolences may be expressed at 

Clinkingbeard Funeral Home, Gainesville, director.

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