Gladys I. Ayers


Gladys I. Ayers, 96, of New Castle, passed away the afternoon of Jan. 27, 2019, at Jameson Care Center.
Born Sept. 13, 1922, in New Castle, she was a daughter of Lewis and Elsie (Conner) Reed.
She was preceded in death in 1990, by her husband, William J. Ayers Jr., whom she married March 1, 1942.
Gladys was a graduate of New Castle High School.
During the 1940s, she was employed with Shenango Pottery.
After raising her family, she enrolled at Slippery Rock University where she received her bachelor of science degree in education. She continued with college, earning a master's degree in special education.
Gladys then began teaching at the Children's Center of Mercer County, formerly the Crippled Children of Mercer County, until her retirement in 1989.
Gladys served on the board of directors at the Wesley United Methodist Preschool.
She had many interests, including painting, drawing, sewing, knitting and reading. She enjoyed collecting music boxes and often made presentations to speak about them.
She is survived by three sons, Lewis (Rochelle) Ayers of Port Charlotte, Florida, Douglas (Bonnie) Ayers of North Fort Myers, Florida and William III (Diane) Ayers of New Castle; five grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild.
In addition to her parents and her husband, she was preceded in death by a brother, Frank Reed, and a sister, Thelma Tackitt.
Visitation will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Friday at the R. Cunningham Funeral Home and Crematory Inc., 2429 Wilmington Road, New Castle.
A service will be held immediately following visitation at 3 p.m. Friday at the funeral home with the Rev. William R. LaVelle Jr. officiating.
Burial will be in Castle View Memorial Gardens.
Memorial contributions may be made to Wesley United Methodist Church, 1204 W. Washington St., New Castle, Pa. 16101.
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Published on January 29, 2019
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