ALLEGANY - Marie J. Ayers, of 4565 S. Nine Mile Road, passed away Monday (April 14, 2014) at Bradford (Pa.) Regional Medical Center.
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Born on March 9, 1931, in Olean, she was a daughter of Carson and Zella Stiles Smith. On Oct. 5, 1946, in Allegany, she married Gerald Ayers, who survives.
Mrs. Ayers worked as a cook at the former Allegany Truck Stop, Monica's, Mary's Diner and Valley View Manor.
She enjoyed baking, cooking, NASCAR, bird watching, camping and gardening. She loved spending time with her children and grandchildren, attending many of their school and sporting events.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by nine children, Mary Lou (Mike) Krott of Bemus Point, Jean (Dan) Balus of Allegany, Daniel Ayers of Allegany, Gary (Kimberly) Ayers of Allegany, Delores (Ron) Thompson of Allegany, Laura (Mark) Ullman of Allegany, David (Paula) Ayers of Allegany, Bonnie (Thomas) Gilray of Allegany and Patricia (Ed) Giardini of Allegany; four brothers, Dick Smith, Lloyd Smith, Robert Smith and Dennis Smith; two sisters, Doris (Dave) Lawrence and Nancy (Gene) Hmel; 20 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
Friends will be received from 4 to 7 p.m. today (April 17, 2014) at the Casey, Halwig and Hartle Funeral Home, 3128 W. State Road. There will be no funeral services at this time.
Flowers are gratefully declined. Memorials, if desired, may be made to the SPCA, 2944 Olean-Hinsdale Road, Olean, NY 14760; or to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.
Casey Halwig & Hartle Funeral Home
3128 Nys Route 417 W
Olean, NY 14760
Published in The Olean Times Herald from Apr. 16 to Apr. 17, 2014