DeKALB – Rosemary Margaret (McDonald) Ayers, 96, of DeKalb, Ill., formerly of Lockport, died March 17, 2013, at Oak Crest DeKalb Area Retirement Center, DeKalb.|
Born in Joliet, she was a resident of Lockport until the last 14 years where she lived at Oak Crest in DeKalb.
She was a graduate of Lockport High School. She was a loving wife, mother and homemaker who influenced her six children through the unconditional love and the continuous support she shared with each of them. Rosemary and Harold had three children when he entered the U.S. Navy and honorably served his country during World War II as she supported the family at home. She and her husband were special, thoughtful, caring and devoted parents. Their legacy will be the outstanding role models they were for their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
She is survived by her loving children: son, Harold (Ann) Ayers Jr. of Brielle, N.J.; three daughters, Bonnie (Jim) Ward of Sycamore, Janice (Jim) Wright of The Villages, Fla., and Cindy Sue Riley of Sycamore; six grandchildren, James David (Joan) Ward, Christie Nelson, Joseph Philip (Gina) Ward, Robert James Wright, Ryan Riley and Bridget Riley; eight great-grandchildren, Sloane Wright Nelson, Cole Wright Nelson, J.T. Ward, Jeffrey Joseph Ward, Jack Lee Ward, Noah Liszewski, Brittanie Stepp and Joseph Arthur Ward; sister, Marjorie Beavers of Lockport; sisters-in-law, Grace McDonald (Jack) of Florida and Lois Ayers Solberg (Verne) of Colorado; and numerous nieces and nephews.
She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 63 years, Harold George Ayers Sr.; daughter, Beth Ann (Dan) Devine of California; son, Russell Vernon Ayers; parents, John E. McDonald and Caroline Stranger McDonald; sister, Virginia (Vince) Hartford; and two brothers, Jack McDonald and Robert McDonald.
Family will receive friends from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday, March 21, at Goodale Memorial Home, 912 Hamilton St., in Lockport. A Mass will be held at noon Thursday at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Lockport, with the Rev. Jacobs celebrating. Interment will be at Lockport City Cemetery.
A memorial fund has been established in care of Goodale Memorial Chapel, 912 S. Hamilton St., Lockport, IL 06441; 815-838-1533.
Published in Daily Chronicle on Mar. 20, 2013