Date of Death: February 15, 2019
Funeral services will take place at Hohner Funeral Home on Wednesday, February 20, 2019 with visitation beginning at 11:00 a.m. until time of service at 12:00 noon with Rev. Richard Hertsel officiating. Interment will take place at Little Fish Lake Cemetery following the service.
Shirley Irene Ayers, age 80, of Three Rivers, MI passed away peacefully on the morning of February 15, 2019. She was born on May 26, 1938 in Kalamazoo, MI the daughter of the late Garret and Effie (Bullard) Winkelman.
Shirley lived her entire life in the Three Rivers area. On July 20, 1985 she married the love of her life Donald M. Ayers. She loved to attend church The Church of God with her friends and spent hours in bible studies and prayer chains. Shirley was also a VNA volunteer. Her greatest passion was spending time with the ones she loved, she especially enjoyed being with her grandchildren.
She is preceded in her passing by her husband: Donald Ayers; parents; siblings: Gary (Marieta) Winkelman, Beverly (Ralph) Hemingway, Wilma (Frederick) Smith, Betty (Warren) Nugent.
She leaves to cherish her memory her daughter: Brenda L. Eicher; siblings: Robert (Joyce) Winkelman and Donna (James) Busch; grandchildren: Darryl Eicher Jr., Tyson Eicher, Martin Eicher, James Eicher, and Jayme Yoder; 23 great-grandchildren; many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Memorials made in Shirley’s memory can be made out to The St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.
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Dear Ayers family,
Please accept my condolence at this painful and difficult time as I also went through such a time as this when our enemy death took my entire family and I’d like to share where I found hope and comfort at that time. I found this in what I read in Jehovah Gods word the Bible at John5:28,29 for there it tells us we’ll see our love ones again in the resurrection when Jesus brings them back here on earth and at Isaiah25:8 we’re told that this enemy death will be swallowed up forever. These scriptures along with others help me cope with my loss because now I know I’ll see my love ones again and so can you. I wanted to share this with you now when comfort and hope is needed hoping that this will help you also for this is my purpose in sharing this with you at this time and please know that I do share your grief and hope you’ll feel free to let me know if this helped.
I hope to hear from you. Sincerely, GM
Thank you so much for your encouragement. Are you one of Jehovah’s Witnesses? I am. Shirley was my aunt. We attended the service yesterday and it was no encouragement. He didn’t even read from the Bible.
Shirley will always be one of my best childhood memories. I loved her forever and wished we could have kept in touch over the years. Rest in peace beautiful, Mable