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Mary Elizabeth (Badskey) AyresFebruary 15, 1921 ~ October 31, 2017 (age 96)
Mary Elizabeth Ayres, 96, North Manchester, IN passed away peacefully in her home surrounded by her family October 31, 2017 at 9:48 p.m. Daughter of Fred J. and Mary (Badger) Badskey. Born February 15, 1921 during a farm sale at their home on the Kosciusko/Wabash County line. Always lived around North Manchester, she graduated from Chester High School in 1939. Married Arden E. Ayres February 24, 1940 while working for Dr. Eugene Cook. Worked at the Steer Inn north of Silver Lake starting the day it opened for 10 years. Was a 4-H leader for 10 years. Worked as a secretary in the treasurer’s office at Manchester College for 17 years. Served the First Brethren Church for 70 years, childrens’ superintendent teacher, Patroness of Sisterhood of Mary and Martha, chapter member of the Hadassah Circle, Sunday School Secretary and helping in kitchen for dinners and funeral dinners. Member of Congressional Christian Church. Active with Dorcas Ladies Ministry and serving at breakfasts. Served as deacon. Member of Town and Country Club for 60 years, Ladies League at Sycamore Golf Course, and Laketon Lions Club. Member of Order of Eastern Star. Survived by one daughter, Becky Sue (David) Long of Yorba Linda, CA and three sons, Terry (Toni) Ayres of Leesburg, David (Sherri) Ayres of South Whitley, and Dennis (Annette) Ayres of North Manchester. Fifteen grand children, Tricia Robinson, Trent Ayres, Brad, Bryan, Brendon, and Brandt Watrous, Denver, Jason, Hilari and Halie Ayres, Ryan and Andy Ayres, Abbie Richards and Erin Long. 34 great grandchildren. Preceded in death by her parents and brother Lorin Badskey, nephew Jerry Badskey, and Andy Beck, grandson. Family and friends may call Thursday, November 2, 2017 from 4:00-8:00 p.m. at McKee Mortuary, 1401 State Road 114 West, North Manchester, IN and two hours prior to services on Friday. Services will be Friday, November 3, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at Congregational Christian Church, 310 North Walnut Street, North Manchester, IN. Officiating pastors J.P. Freeman and Denver Ayres. Burial will follow in Oaklawn Cemetery, North Manchester.