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Sylvia S. Ayers

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PITTSFIELD -- Sylvia S. Ayers, 64, of 92D Pomeroy Ave., died Friday at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston after a battle with cancer.

Born in Wichita Falls, Texas, on April 21, 1943, daughter of Jennie Donnell Boone and the late Thomas R. Boone, she was a 1961 graduate of Wichita Falls High School and received a bachelor's in psychology from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville in 1971. Before moving to Pittsfield 10 years ago, she lived in Great Barrington for 25 years.

At the time of her death, Mrs. Ayers was employed as a social worker in the assessment office of the Department of Social Services, where she had worked for 17 years. Before that, she was an investment counselor with the Institute of Economic Research in Great Barrington. Previously, she did job coaching for disabled people.

She was a former member of First Congregational Church of Great Barrington and enjoyed following the stock market and investing.

Besides her mother, of Wichita Falls, she leaves two daughters, Shayne Squires of Springfield, Ill., and Sherri Layne Osterhout of Richmond; a son, Michael T. Ayers of West Stockbridge; a brother, David Boone of Dallas; a sister, Linda Krunen of Davidsonville, Md.; and five grandchildren.

FUNERAL NOTICE -- A memorial service for Sylvia S. Ayers, who died Friday, May 25, 2007, will be conducted Wednesday at 7 p.m. at DERY FUNERAL HOME in Pittsfield. There will be no calling hours. Burial will take place at a later date in Texas. Sylvia enjoyed being with her grandchildren, Tori and Amber Osterhout, Stephanie and Rachel Ayers, and Trevor Squires. She was an awesome mother, grandmother and friend, who always put others before herself. She also leaves her son-in-law, Mike Squires; her daughter-in-law, Angelina Ayers, and her former husband and his wife, Michael and Ruth Ayers. She was predeceased by a brother, Daniel Boone. Memorial donations may be made to Sylvia's Kids' Fund through the Department of Social Services, in care of the funeral home, 54 Bradford St., Pittsfield, MA 01201.

Published in The Berkshire Eagle on May 27, 2007
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