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Catherine Mary "Kitty" Pearce Ayars
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Birth: May 3, 1869
Death: Mar., 1918

Catherine "Kitty" was born in Benzie County Michigan. She was the fifth child of her family, spending her childhood in Michigan's Upper Peninsula city of Negaunee. While a child, her mother died of an aneurism while hanging out the laundry. Her father Ezra was unable to care for her and her younger brother Peter, so they were brought to live in the lower Michigan peninsula, living with Ezra's brother and sister-in-law in Northeast Grand Rapids. Kitty married her local sweetheart Melvin Peel. They together had a daughter Ruth. Tragically Melvin died of Lockjaw in his 24th year leaving Kitty a widow with a young daughter. Brother Peter worked downtown Grand Rapids as a nurseryman. He encouraged fellow employee, George Ayars, 14 years her elder and a widower himself to meet. Kitty and George were married in 1893. Together they had three children, George, John Russell, and Elsie. George died in 1912 leaving Kitty again a young widow at age 43. Kitty eventually moved to Toledo, Ohio. She died in the 1918 flu epidemic in Toledo. Her body was brought back to Grand Rapids where she is buried next to her two husbands. 
 
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 Parents:
  Ezra Seymour Pearce (1835 - 1906)
  Catherine Mary McDougall Pearce (____ - 1892)
 
 Spouse:
  George Manning Ayars (1854 - 1912)
 
 Children:
  Ruth Peel Thompson (1891 - 1977)*
  George Melvin Ayars (1894 - 1956)*
  John Russell Ayars (1899 - 1980)*
  Elsie Catherine Ayars Perry (1904 - 1961)*
 
 Siblings:
  Wilhelmina Pearce Anderson (1863 - 1939)*
  Catherine Mary Pearce Ayars (1869 - 1918)
  Peter Dunn Pearce (1871 - 1952)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Fairplains Cemetery
Grand Rapids
Kent County
Michigan, USA
 
Created by: Kirk Vredevelt
Record added: May 06, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 36798821
Catherine Mary Kitty <i>Pearce</i> Ayars
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Catherine Mary Kitty <i>Pearce</i> Ayars
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