Ila Belle Stanley O’Brien Ayars

20 June, 193012 November, 2020

Ila Belle Stanley O’Brien Ayars has passed over the stream of life to the shade of the trees in her Master’s Kingdom. Her Lord greeted her on Thursday, November 12, 2020.

She is preceded in death by her parents, John Howard Stanley and Lorraine May Marshall Stanley and her sons, Kenneth Mark Ayars and John Michael Ayars. She is survived by her son, James Kevin O’Brien, her grandchildren, Angel Ayars, Kyle O’Brien, and Bridget O’Brien, and her great-grandson, Michael Ayars.

Ila was a West Virginia native who lived in Virginia and Florida before making New Orleans her home. She worked as a travel agent and Director of Hotel Sales before joining Avondale Shipbuilding, Inc. As a shipbuilder, her career grew in responsibility as she educated herself in planning and project management. She was a witty and fun loving person in all aspects of her life. She loved New Orleans, the Saints, and cooking her special gumbo to entertain friends and family. She will be missed by those who were touched by her kindness and generosity.

Special thanks is given to the staff of Marrero Healthcare Center for their thoughtfulness to Ila in her final years.

Services for Ila Belle will be private.


Ila Belle Stanley O’Brien Ayars

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22 November 2020

Thank you for being my flower girl Ila and all the great times we spent together with "Boudreaux" at My Father's Junkyard!
Fred and I both love you and have great memories of you,
a very Special Lady and friend !

David Bergeron

15 November 2020

My “Avondale Mom”.... she had a wonderful outlook on life and a special love for her Avondale family. Rest In Peace, sweet Ila Belle.