Irene H. Ayers
November 19, 1931 – March 11, 2019
Miriam Irene Hezlep Ayers passed on to be with Christ on March 11, 2019 in Houston, Texas, after a courageous battle with Alzheimer’s disease. A loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, she had a smile, warmth and strength that will be missed by all who knew and loved her. Irene was born in Oakdale, PA, to Wilma and Don Hezlep. She graduated with a Home Economics degree from Carnegie Melon, where she was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta sorority. She became a stewardess for American Airlines and moved to Dallas, Texas, where she married William W. Lynch and had three daughters. Irene worked at Sanger Harris as the DGM of Menswear for 10 years. She earned her master’s degree in Education from the University of North Texas and began her teaching career. As a talented teacher for over 25 years, she was loved by many, especially her Special Education students. Irene married the Reverend Richard Afton Ayers in Plano on July 24, 1993. Richard and Irene shared many wonderful years together. They were involved in ministry, supporting missions, enjoying family and traveling. Irene was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and a member of Bible Study Fellowship. She was a devoted church member. The last three churches she served in were Kingsland Baptist, Christ Chapel Bible Church in Fort Worth and First Union in Buchanan Dam. She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard, her parents, her brother, Don Hezlep, and a great-grandson. Celebrating her life, honoring her legacy and remembering her always are her loving and devoted daughters, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She is survived by her daughters Miriam McDaniel and husband Eddie, Janabeth Cook and husband David and Georganne Millen and husband Jason. She is also survived by the grandchildren she loved so much, Brandy and Michael McDaniel, Kathleen and Reece Cook, Evan Cook, Bailey and Jeffrey Cook, Madeline and Payton Roberts, Ashlyn and Alex Arnold and Preston Roberts, as well as, her great-granddaughters, Ripley and Tabitha McDaniel and baby Roberts due in April. A lifelong Christian and pastor’s wife, Irene loved our Lord Jesus, and enjoyed serving Him in church and organizations. Services for family only will be held at Laurel Land in Fort Worth, Texas, on April 13. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations go to Alzheimer’s Association in their mother’s honor.