|Birth: ||Oct. 30, 1920|
|Death: ||Oct. 15, 2011|
A graveside memorial service for Eleanor Catherine (Wagner) Ayres and her husband, James Harlan Ayres will be at 1 p.m. Sunday, May 27, at Bader Memorial Park in Chapman.
All Faiths Funeral Home is serving the family.
Mrs. Ayres was born Oct. 30, 1920, on a farm near Chapman, the daughter of Herbert and Martha (Giesler) Wagner. She passed away on Oct. 15, 2011, in Denver, Colo.
Mr. Ayres, the son of Royce W. and Elsie (Hartness) Ayres was born Sept. 30, 1916, in Bussey, Iowa, and passed away on July 9, 1998, in Colorado Springs, Colo. James was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Elmer Ayres in Texas.
Eleanor was preceded in death by her parents, her brother, Harold Wagner, sister, Betty Wiese and brother-in-law, Glen Wiese, brother-in-law, Leonard Wiese, a niece, Gaylene (Wiese) Von Housen, and nephews, Douglas Wiese and Randy Wiese, all of Grand Island.
Those left to cherish their memory are: son and daughter-in-law, James and Linda Ayres of Littleton, Colo.; daughter and son-in-law, Janet and Mike Zeimet of Englewood, Colo., Eleanor's brother and sister-in-law, Lloyd and Shirley Wagner of Chapman, and sister, Loretta Wiese of Grand Island; grandchildren, Brian and Jeff Ayres of Littleton, Colo., Adam Zeimet of Fort Collins, Colo., Emily and Jason Zeimet of Seattle, Wash.
Eleanor grew up on a farm near Chapman and attended Merrick County rural school. She was working as a beautician in Esther's Beauty Shop when she met James who was stationed in Grand Island serving with the Army Air Corps. Eleanor and James were married May 15, 1944, in Grand Island. After their marriage, they lived in the Rio Grand Valley of Texas for a number of years before moving to Colorado Springs, Colo., in 1956, where James worked as a salesman for Walker Realty before founding J. H. Ayres & Company Investments which he managed until his death in 1988 at the age of 81. Eleanor worked as a beautician in both Grand Island and Texas before devoting the rest of her life to her children and grandchildren. Ballroom dancing was their passion and were members of several Cotillions and dance clubs. They had a floor-side table wherever the music played.
Published in The Grand Island Independent on May 24, 2012
James Harlan Ayres (1916 - 1998)*
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Record added: May 24, 2012
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