Mary Lou Ayala

May 8, 1927November 19, 2011

Mary Louise Ayala, 84, of Kansas City, Kansas passed away peacefully at her home surrounded by family on Saturday, November 19, 2011. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, November 23, 2011 at Saint Patrick’s Catholic Church, 1066 N. 94th Street, Kansas City, Kansas. Interment will follow in Mount Calvary Cemetery, Kansas City, Kansas. Friends may call from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., Tuesday at the Church, where a Rosary will be prayed at 7:00 p.m. The family requests contributions to Hospice Care of Kansas or St. Luke’s Community Ministry Fund.

Mary Lou was born May 8, 1927 in Kansas City, Kansas to Apolinar and Petra Aguliara Luna. She was a lifelong area resident, and for 27 years, she was a toll collector for the Kansas Turnpike Authority, where she retired in 1994. Mary Lou was a member of the Daughters of Isabella and the Altar Society of St. Patrick’s Catholic Church.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 35 years, Bernardo M. Ayala and her grandson Jeffrey Paul Andrews, her parents and nine brothers and sisters.

Mary Lou is survived by her sister Geraldine Ochoa of Walnut Creek, CA; her daughter Carmelita “Jody” Ayala (John) of Kansas City, Kansas; her son Steven Ayala, Kansas City Kansas, and his children Rebecca Reddin, Jennifer Lowry, Christine Ingram; her daughter Rita Anderson (Tim) of Kansas City, Kansas, and their children Nicholas Anderson, Jacob Anderson and Corbin Anderson; her daughter Anita Ford (Pat) of Emporia, Kansas, and their children Katy Shull, Alec Ford and Sean Ford; her daughter Christine May (Steve) of the home, and their children Bernie May and Maddy May; and eleven great grandchildren.

Mary Lou loved gardening, reading, traveling and spending time with her family. She was a breath of fresh air and made the world a brighter place. Fond memories and condolences may be left at Arrangements are under the direction of Chapel Hill-Butler Funeral Home, 701 North 94th Street in Kansas City, Kansas (913) 334-3366.


  • Visitation Tuesday, November 22, 2011
  • Rosary Service Tuesday, November 22, 2011
  • Mass of Christian Burial Wednesday, November 23, 2011

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Richard Rodriguez

December 5, 2011

It is with regret to hear of the passing of my Aunt. She was a wonderful person who in many ways influenced my life. In these hard times for my family members, please accept my sympathies and condolences. With prayers, love, and my blessings. Richard and Susan Rodriguez, Covina, CA.

November 28, 2011

I love you Mom, whole bunches, very muches! Your in my pocket. Happy dreams God bless you and keep you. Your Needs

Michael Pantoja

November 27, 2011

My Prayers are with your family at this time of need. I used to work with Mary at the turnpike and we always had fun at there. I shall miss her very much. Michael R. Pantoja (Kansas City, Ks.)

November 24, 2011

Thinking of you and your family. Your mom was a sweetheart and you can tell she was loved by so many people.

Lynda Johnson Allen

Liz Talavera Hernandez

November 24, 2011

Rita and Family, I just found out today about the loss of your mom. I will always remember her smiling face when I would stop at the toll on 18th St. Expwy on my way to Donnelly College. She and Elsie were always a ray of sunshine to start my day. She was always so kind. I will keep your family in my prayers.

Karen Rush

November 23, 2011

Family, I am sorry for your loss of dear Mary. I have so many wonderful memories of her and enjoyed spending time with her. It was a blessing for me to know her. May God comfort you at this time.

Vickie Loya

November 23, 2011

Rita, Tim and Ayalla Family

I will always remember your moms big smile, kind words and laugh. She will truly be missed. We will keep your family in our prayers.
May she rest in peace.
David and Vickie Loya and Family

Ronda (Holmes) Wiskur

November 23, 2011

To Chris and the entire Ayala thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. I met "Mama Ayala" over 25 years ago. The picture you have posted shows the same beautiful smile that I remember.

Deb Bradley

November 22, 2011

Dear Rita, Tim & Family,
Words of comfort are always difficult to find but please know you are all in our thoughts & Prayers. May God Bless you and wrap His arms around all of you.
Love Martin, Deb & Family

Nancy Smith

November 22, 2011

I wish there were some magical words I could say that would comfort you and make your pain go away, but I don't believe those words exist. For pain is the price we pay for loving someone and when that loved one is gone, the pain of their loss is tremendous. Some say that time heals all wounds, but it really doesn't. It may dull it somewhat, but the wounds remain. Mary Lou was an incredible woman who brightened my day every time I saw her. She was a ray of hope for me when my Mom passed away and she will continue to live in my heart and my mind and every time I see a flower blooming, I will think of her. She touched so many lives. May you find peace in knowing that her eternal journey has just begun, and what an incredible journey that will be.