Mary Ellen Ayers, 93, of Dilley, died on December 3 in Kerrville surrounded by family. She was born on July 24, 1928, to Lonnie Lee Coleman Sr. and Lottie DeSpain Coleman in Oilton, Texas.
She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, brothers Oran Henry Coleman, Daniel Arnold Coleman, Lonnie Lee Coleman, Jr., and her sister Kathryn Madge Orr.
Mary is survived by her children Lonnie D. Ayers and wife Linda of Floresville, Linda K. Myers and husband Scott of Kerrville, G. Lane Ayers and wife Nita of Canyon Lake, Laura E. Bedgood and husband Carl of Victoria and Debra Lynn Younghaus and husband Jim of Alpine, sister-in-law Mary Coleman of Knoxville, Tennessee, grandchildren Ryan Archer and wife Alyssa, Quinn Leinen and wife Kristen, Neil Leinen and wife Jessica, Shannon Ayers, Loni Ayers, Jeremy Ayers, Jase Ayers and wife Pam, Lyndsi De La Rosa and husband Henry, Tambri Tagliabue and husband David, Alysia Bedgood, Tasha Culberson and husband Jack, Amanda Collins and husband Shane, Cassie Zimbelman and husband Adam, Tristan Younghaus. She is also survived by 21 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Mary attended high school in Miranda City, Texas and married O.D. Ayers in September 1947 and they made their home in Carrizo Springs. They went on to have five children together. Mary was a business partner and housewife. She was a long-time member of The First Baptist communities in Carrizo Springs and Dilley and a member of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas and of the Alamo Heroes Chapter in San Antonio where she served as chaplain for several years. She was a member of the VFW Auxiliary in Dilley and supported veterans as the widow of a WWII veteran.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to The First Baptist Church in Dilley.
The family extended its thanks to staff at River Point Memory Care and Sid Peterson Hospice of Kerrville for their care and compassion in her final days.
Graveside services will be held at the Dilley Cemetery at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, December 10, with a reception to follow at The First Baptist Church of Dilley Fellowship Hall.