posted at 11:52 am Tue May 4th, 2010 by (WherezIt_Staff)
Marion P. Ayers, 92, of 18 Elm Street passed away on Saturday evening May 1, 2010, at the Woodridge Nursing Home in Berlin after several weeks of declining health.
She was born on April 9, 1918, to the late Archibald and Ruth (Macomber) Pratt in Morristown, Vermont. She attended schools in Marlborough, NH and Waterbury, VT, graduating from Waterbury High School in 1936. She then attended and graduated from the Mary Fletcher Hospital School of Nursing in 1939. She became a Registered Nurse that same year and worked at the Windsor, VT, Hospital until her marriage. She raised four children, and after her last child was nearly through school, she returned to nursing. She worked at the Vermont State Hospital in the areas of general nursing and nursing education. She also worked for the Waterbury Home Health Agency from 1967 through 1973. Her last nursing job, and the one she enjoyed the most, was that of the school nurse at the North Bennington Elementary School through 1979. Marion married her high school sweetheart, Gleason W. Ayers, on February 22, 1941, at the Congregational Church in Waterbury. This year they celebrated their 69th wedding anniversary. Marion was a member of Queen Esther Chapter #7, Order of the Eastern Star as well as Emerald Rebekah Lodge #33 both of Waterbury. She was active in her church and in her community, often volunteering her nursing abilities at flu clinics and blood drawings. She was skillful at sewing, making many of her own clothes. She also enjoyed crafts and handwork. Her family knew her as an excellent cook and baker. She is survived by her husband, Gleason W. Ayers of Waterbury; a son Robert and his wife Judy of North Hero; a son Richard and his wife Mina of Sanbornton, NH; a daughter Betsy Shapiro of Middlesex and her partner Tom Gorton; and a son David and his wife Betsy of York, ME. She is also survived by nine grandchildren: Bethany Goss and her husband David, Kimberly Campbell and her husband Timothy, Jeremy Ayers and his wife Georgia, Erika Nardini and her husband Brett, Benjamin Ayers, Emily Shapiro, Christopher Shapiro, Sarah Ayers, and Halle Ayers; by five great grandchildren Andrew, Tyler and Christopher Goss; and William and Laurel Campbell; and by a sister-in-law Dorothy Ingalls and nephews Craig Caswell and Christopher Caswell. She was predeceased by her parents and by her son-in-law Andrew Shapiro. The family would like to thank Korin Johnson and her staff at the Maple Grove section of the Woodridge Nursing Home for their many kindnesses and for their care and attention during Marion's illness. Funeral services for Marion will be held at the Waterbury Congregational Church on Main Street in Waterbury at 2:30 p.m. on Monday, May 10th. Visiting hours will be on Sunday, May 9th from 5 to 7 p.m.at the Perkins-Parker Funeral Home at 48 South Main Street in Waterbury. Interment at Hope Cemetery in Waterbury will immediately follow the service. The family requests that flowers be omitted; rather, memorial gifts can be sent to Central Vermont Home Health and Hospice, 600 Granger Road, Barre, Vermont 05641 (www.cvhhh.org) in Marion's name. To send on-line condolences please visit www.perkinsparker.com.
Waterbury, VT 05676 (Set as Local)
Middlesex, VT 05602 (Set as Local)
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Windsor, VT 05089 (Set as Local)
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