Esther Annalee 'Ann' Ayers loved cooking for family, guests

Wednesday, August 27, 2014 | 10:14 p.m. CDT; updated 7:19 a.m. CDT, Thursday, August 28, 2014

COLUMBIA — Ann Ayers loved life, and her home was always open to family, friends, visiting ministers, missionaries and college students for whom she loved to cook.

Esther Annalee “Ann” Ayers of Williams, Ariz., and formerly of Columbia, died Monday, Aug. 18, 2014. She was 93.

She was born Nov. 25, 1920, in Normal, Ill., to Edmund  and Elva May (Stuckey) Augspurger. She married Joseph B. Ayers on Feb. 28, 1943.

Mrs. Ayers graduated from the Mennonite School of Nursing in Bloomington, Ill., and worked at the Mennonite Hospital there as well as the MU Medical Center, Christian College and Ellis Fischel Cancer Hospital. She was a member of Northwood Baptist Church of Columbia.

Mrs. Ayers is survived by two sons, Rodney Ayers of La Palma, Calif., and Steve Ayers of St. Joseph, Mo.; a daughter, Barbara Bach of Williams, Ariz.; two siblings, Lois Shamer of Moorestown, N.J., and Don Augspurger of Normal, Ill.; five grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

Her husband, Joseph B. Ayers; two siblings, Ruth Connor and Dean Augspurger; and a granddaughter, Tanya Ayers, died earlier.

Visitation will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Friday at Bach-Yager Funeral Chapel, 1610 N. Garth Ave. Services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the chapel.

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