Mary was born September 3, 1934 in McConnelsville, Ohio, to Roy E and Helen M (Snyder) Divers. She passed away August 26, 2021 at Willow Care Nursing Home, Willow Springs, Missouri, following a battle with COVID-19. She was 86 years and 357 days young.
She graduated McConnelsville High School, Morgan County, Ohio, in 1952. Soon after, on a double date, she met the love of her life, Lloyd Brooks Ayers. They were married in Indiana. He preceded her in death on March 18, 2005.
She was also preceded in death by her parents; her brother, Walter Dale “Dick”; her sister, Pauline; her granddaughter, Kim Dollar; grandsons, Eric McGuire and Jonathon Young; and great-grandson, Charles McGuire.
Mary held many jobs in her life. In the 1950s she worked at Sunny Hill Poultry Plant in Cabool, Missouri, as an inspector. She then became a full-time mother and housewife in the 1960s, as the family was expanding. In the early 1970s she worked at Chatterbox Cafe in Houston, Missouri, then worked at Lazy L Restaurant and later while working at the Lazy L she became the cook and bus driver for Houston Head Start for several years. In the late 1970s they started an auction service in Summersville, Missouri. In the 1980s she worked at Pizza Hut in Houston. They also opened a flea market in the 1980s on South 63, Houston, where the Sirdoreus service station was located and on weekends they did the flea market in Cabool. On July 2, 1984, she joined Pizza Express and Daylight Donuts for Richard and Linda Wood and continued the flea market in Cabool on weekends for many years.
In the late 1980s she spent her winters in North Fort Myers, Florida, and eventually moved there full-time. She worked at Bay Shore Buffet while living there.
Due to Lloyd’s declining health they moved back to the family farm near Tyrone, Missouri, in the 1990s. She returned to work at Pizza Express at its new location on South 63 which opened on November 4, 1989. She finally retired at the young age of 82 in July of 2016.
She definitely knew the Lord as her Savior and was baptized at a young age. She always looked forward to any time she could spend with her family which meant everything to her. One of her many passions was traveling and doing new adventures from planes, bus trips, car trips, and cruises, but she always wanted it to be with someone in the family. She was always very grateful for the opportunity she had to go on a cruise with the country group Alabama, always one of her favorite groups of all times. She loved New York and the trips that she got to make. She was always ready to catch a Broadway show. She attended many music concerts but really took to country singer Buddy Jewell.
Later in life when slowing down a little she added the joys of entertaining herself at her pace at the casinos. She always had a smile and kind word for everyone. She truly loved people.
Mary is survived by her children, Valerie (Carl) Hutchins of Georgia, “Jr.” Lloyd (Joan) Ayers of Summersville, Renee (Skip) Bloom of Mountain View, Missouri, Linda (Richard) Wood of Houston, James (Tina) Ayers of Houston, Thomas Ayers of Houston, Lisa (Robert) Wait of Boring, Oregon, and Sonia (Dereck) Clarke of St. Robert, Missouri, and several grandkids, great-grandkids, and great-great-grandkids. She is also survived by four bonus children, Lloyd DeWoody (Darlene) of California, Twila Flores of California, Ramona (Randall) Hemphill of Nixa, Missouri, and Mary Lou of Mississippi, and many nieces and nephews. She will be terribly missed by all her family and many friends.
Memorials are suggested to Tyrone Freewill Baptist Church Cemetery, or the Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Services were held Tuesday, August 31, 2021, at 11:00 a.m. at Evans Funeral Home with Harold Bruening and Josh Kane officiating. Burial was in Tyrone Freewill Baptist Church Cemetery under the direction of Evans Funeral Home. Pallbearers were “Jr.” Lloyd Ayers, James Ayers, Tom Ayers, Skip Bloom, Dereck Clarke, Damon Cernetisch, Philip McGuire, Ryan Clarke, and Jaymes Ayers. Honorary pallbearers were Richard Wood, Robert Wait, Josh Kane, and Lloyd Burnell Ayers.