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Marie Ann Ayers

May 4, 1952 — January 26, 2024


Marie Ann Ayers, a loving wife, mother, grandmother, sister, and friend, passed away on January 26, 2024, at Aultman Hospital. She was born on May 4, 1952, in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania, to her parents Eli and Ann Matiash. Marie had a remarkable career as a Registered Nurse, dedicating herself to caring for others with compassion and excellence.

Marie's journey in the field of nursing began at Aliquippa, Pennsylvania High school before she pursued further education at Columbus School of Practical Nursing. Her thirst for knowledge led her to Walsh University, where she expanded her expertise and skills. Marie approached her profession with diligence and kindness, leaving a lasting impact on her colleagues and patients alike.

Beyond her professional accomplishments, Marie was an extraordinary individual with a warmth that touched the hearts of everyone she met. Her personality exuded love and care—qualities that shone through in her role as a devoted wife to John Ayers. They exchanged vows on December 29, 1972, embarking on a lifelong journey together filled with shared memories and unwavering support.

Marie's love extended beyond her spouse; she was also a cherished mother to Karen Ward, Susan Ayers-Wilson, and Johnny Ayers. As a mother, she poured boundless love into their lives and supported them in all their endeavors. She instilled in them the values of kindness, resilience, and compassion that she held dear.

As a grandmother to Emily and Caleb Ward, Riley Ayers, Reagan Wilson, Dominick Ayers, and Avery Ayers—Marie embraced the role with immense joy. Her grandchildren brought immeasurable happiness to her life and forged bonds that will forever be treasured.

Marie was not only committed to her family but also deeply cherished her siblings Peter (Suzanne) Matiash, Linda (Joe Spanik) Refice, and Christine (Joel Gaydos) Matiash They shared countless laughter-filled moments, supported one another through various life stages, and created a lifetime of memories that will forever be dear to their hearts.

A creative soul with many hobbies and interests, Marie found solace in activities such as quilting, crocheting, and reading. She possessed a remarkable talent for turning ordinary fabrics into beautiful masterpieces and found comfort in the rhythmic hooking of her crochet needle. Marie's love for literature was evident in her cherished collection of books that provided her with knowledge, inspiration, and endless moments of joy.

However, Marie's most beloved pastime was spending quality time with her family. Whether it was gathering around the dinner table or going on adventures together, she treasured every moment they shared. Marie's presence filled these occasions with love and happiness, leaving an indelible mark on the hearts of those fortunate enough to experience it.

Marie Ann Ayers will be remembered as an incredible woman who made every day brighter with her undeniable warmth and genuine love for others. Her legacy will live on in the hearts of those she touched throughout her remarkable journey.

May Marie's soul find eternal peace, knowing that her legacy will forever inspire acts of kindness and compassion in all whose lives she touched. In lieu, of flowers please make a donation to your charity of choice in Marie's honor. Arrangements are entrusted to Dean's Funeral Home Sebring, Ohio.

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