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Kayla Joann Ayers

August 28, 1991February 28, 2018
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Kayla Joann Ayers, 26, of Machesney Park passed away suddenly on Wednesday February 28, 2018. Born on August 28, 1991 in Troy, Michigan. Daughter of Dean Ayers and Lisa Vanderpool. Engaged to be married to Donald Burke. Kayla was employed as a Sandwich artist for Subway where she always had a smile on her face. Kayla found great enjoyment in fishing, going to Church, being with friends and family, volunteering at the Restoration Café and the Rockford Recuse Mission. Her pride and joy was her son, Corbin. He made life better for Kayla in every way. Even with Kayla’s sweet smile there was a battle going on within Herself. She was proud to have received her 8th month sobriety chip but somewhere along the way the addiction was too strong. Everyone now hopes that you are looking down from Heaven and seeing how much you were loved and adored by everyone who met you. It has been many hard battles you fought very hard every step of the way, however, Addiction won the war. God saw her constant struggle and decided to finally give her peace. Her smile, laugh and love will be missed by all who knew Kayla.

Survived by her fiancé, Donny Burke; son, Corbin Burke; father, Dean (Jewell) Ayers; siblings, Stacy (Carter) Rierson, Tony Ayers, Angela Ayers; Step-siblings, Brandy (Bronco) Bogdanovic, Chris Hedding, Chance Hedding, Jon Hedding, Becka Henner; nieces and nephews, Alec Garza, Ole Rierson, Xzander Ayers, Kaia Howard, Marco Bogdanovic, Maryanna Bogdanovic, Anastasia Hedding, Rixie Lyons, Renee Lyons; several Aunts and Uncles. Predeceased by her Grandparents; Step-Brother, Raymond Hedding

Funeral Service at 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 10, 2018 in Sunset Funeral Home, 8800 N. Alpine Rd, Machesney Park. Visitation at 2 p.m. until time of service. Burial following in Sunset Memorial Gardens.

  • FAMILY

  • Dean (Jewell) Ayers, Father
  • Stacy (Carter) Rierson, Sister
  • Tony Ayers, Brother
  • Angela Ayers, Sister
  • Donald Burke, Fiance
  • Corbin Burke, Son
  • Brandy (Bronco) Bogdanovic, Step-Sister
  • Chris Hedding, Step-Brother
  • Chance Hedding, Step-Brother
  • Jon Hedding, Step-Brother
  • Becka Henner, Step-Sister
  • Raymond Hedding, Step-Brother
  • Also survived by several Aunts, Uncles, Nieces and Nephews

Services

  • Visitation Saturday, March 10, 2018
  • Funeral Service Saturday, March 10, 2018
REMEMBERING

Kayla Joann Ayers

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Tina Carnana

March 10, 2018

Kayla was a beautiful sweet soul. She could light up the room with her smile and her laughter. I met her on her Credo weekend. She will be in my heart and memories from that weekend. I wish I could be there in person to say goodbye. But I know I'll see you again.
Today's verse was fitting for this day.

Peace I Leave You, my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. John 14:27

Belinda Burke

March 9, 2018

Kayla had started to hang out with my gentle giant of a son Donald, when he brought me out to meet Kayla, I immediately hugged and kissed her. She wasn't too sure about that.

She soon realized that was just how I was. She fit right in. No matter what, if you were her friend, she would have your back.

Honey I love you, and will miss you.

Belinda Burke

Kim "Tiffany" Corey

March 8, 2018

I met Kayla in 2014 and immediately knew she was a genuine person. She always gave her friends the time they needed and listened to the words they spoke. She gave encouragement and wisdom to all she encountered. Her smile was contagious and her eyes were honest. She made it so easy to love her. Rest easy now Kayla Bug, you will never be forgotten.

Rachel Yandell

March 8, 2018

Kayla and I worked together at Subway quickly starting attending meetings together and shortly after became the Best of Friends,we got our nails done together,walked at the YMCA together,met for lunch,talked all through the day she was such a huge part of my life and I will forever miss my bestie !

Brittany Arnold

March 8, 2018

I met Kayla in 2014, she was my first friend in a new place. Right away she was warm hearted and so loving to me and my daughter. Everytime I felt alone and needed to talk she was there like she knew exactly how I was feeling. We shared lots of good memories together and I will remember them forever. I love you Kayla rest easy.

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Biography

When Kayla Joann Ayers walked into the room, those in her company felt energy, an enthusiastic spontaneity. This was just one example of who Kayla was and how she impacted those around her. Kayla was a clever and gregarious person who always sought out the finest attributes in other people. It was as if Kayla wanted to share all of their experiences, revel in their lives and celebrate their discoveries. Kayla was tireless and had boundless enthusiasm that would serve her well throughout her life.

       She was the daughter of Dean Ayers and Lisa Vanderpool. Always at the ready with a good joke, she grew up to be quite a humorous person. While some who knew Kayla might describe her as an idealist, her friends and family understood well that Kayla was always in pursuit of life’s endless possibilities and opportunities available to her.

      Kayla was raised with three siblings and 5 step-siblings. She had two sisters, Stacey and Angela and one brother, Tony and step-siblings, Brandy, Chris, Chance, Jon and Becka. Kayla was very accepting and supportive of her family. She was perceived as the central person in her family in terms of keeping communication open between the family members. Whenever discord or tension arose within the home, Kayla was typically the member who brought about resolution and harmony. These traits served Kayla well in her adult life and, along with her wit, outgoing personality, and understanding of others, drew the admiration of many who knew her.

      Kayla was a natural and creative parent who was willing to provide her family with all sorts of new and interesting experiences. For Kayla, parenting was a particularly enjoyable and pleasurable part of her life. Every activity, from chores to bedtime routines, became a game in the Ayers home. Kayla's skill at understanding her child's feelings, her sensitivity to his needs, and her gift for gentle persuasion enabled her to find novel solutions to any problem or situation that might crop up. Kayla was blessed with one child: one son, Corbin.

      Kayla was uplifted by new ideas and was excited by life’s possibilities, traits that made her an exceptional worker. Her primary occupation was a Sandwich artist for Subway. Kayla was enterprising, inventive and working against deadlines seemed to energize her. Kayla had the uncanny ability to identify a win/win solution to just about any problem, possibly because of her gift for insight. Kayla's fellow workers saw her as a supporter and a mentor.

      Because Kayla loved to have a broad variety of activities in her life, she took advantage of the opportunity to pursue numerous hobbies. Her favorite pursuits were great enjoyment in fishing, going to Church, being with friends and family, volunteering at the Restoration Café and the Rockford Rescue Mission. Kayla had a knack for being able to multi-task in order to create time for all of her favorite pastimes. However, Kayla's ever-present concern for others always took precedent.

      Throughout her life, Kayla was actively involved in professional and community organizations. She was compassionate, accommodating and quick to move into action. Always able to build a consensus, Kayla seemed to be the person smack dab in the middle of things, working to get things done. Those who had the opportunity to work with Kayla usually agreed that when you were involved in an organization with her, it was as entertaining as anything you could imagine. Throughout her later years, Kayla was an active member of the volunteering at the Restoration Café and the Rockford Recuse Mission.

      Kayla Ayers passed away on February 28, 2018 at in her home in Machesney Park, Illinois. Fought a brave battle against addiction. She is survived by her fiancé, Donny Burke; son, Corbin Burke; father, Dean (Jewell) Ayers; siblings, Stacy (Carter) Rierson, Tony Ayers, Angela Ayers; Step-siblings, Brandy (Bronco) Bogdanovic, Chris Hedding, Chance Hedding, Jon Hedding, Becka Henner; nieces and nephews, Alec Garza, Ole Rierson, Xzander Ayers, Kaia Howard, Marco Bogdanovic, Maryanna Bogdanovic, Anastasia Hedding, Rixie Lyons, Renee Lyons; several Aunts and Uncles. Services were held at Sunset Funeral Home. Kayla was laid to rest in Sunset Memorial Gardens in Machesney Park, Illinois.

      There was always a certain style and inventiveness to Kayla. She was a dynamic, self-expressive person who was forever looking to celebrate the endless possibilities life had to offer. She had a knack for being clever, creative and witty, and for others, was a joy to be around. While she was often fiercely independent, it seemed as if many others looked to Kayla Ayers for inspiration, leadership, wisdom and even courage. Kayla was always more than willing to share life’s experiences with her loved ones.


Kayla Joann Ayers, 26, of Machesney Park passed away suddenly on Wednesday February 28, 2017. Born on August 28, 1991 in Troy, Michigan. Daughter of Dean Ayers and Lisa Vanderpool. Engaged to be married to Donald Burke. Kayla was employed as a Sandwich artist for Subway where she always had a smile on her face. Kayla found great enjoyment in fishing, going to Church, being with friends and family, volunteering at the Restoration Café and the Rockford Recuse Mission. Her pride and joy was her son, Corbin. He made life better for Kayla in every way. Even with Kayla’s sweet smile there was a battle going on within Herself. She was proud to have received her 8th month sobriety chip but somewhere along the way the addiction was too strong. Everyone now hopes that you are looking down from Heaven and seeing how much you were loved and adored by everyone who met you. It has been many hard battles you fought very hard every step of the way, however, Addiction won the war. God saw her constant struggle and decided to finally give her peace. Her smile, laugh and love will be missed by all who knew Kayla.
Survived by her fiancé, Donny Burke; son, Corbin Burke; father, Dean (Jewell) Ayers; siblings, Stacy (Carter) Rierson, Tony Ayers, Angela Ayers; Step-siblings, Brandy (Bronco) Bogdanovic, Chris Hedding, Chance Hedding, Jon Hedding, Becka Henner; nieces and nephews, Alec Garza, Ole Rierson, Xzander Ayers, Kaia Howard, Marco Bogdanovic, Maryanna Bogdanovic, Anastasia Hedding, Rixie Lyons, Renee Lyons; several Aunts and Uncles. Predeceased by her Grandparents; Step-Brother, Raymond Hedding
Funeral Service at 3 p.m. on Saturday, March 10, 2018 in Sunset Funeral Home, 8800 N. Alpine Rd, Machesney Park. Visitation at 2 p.m. until time of service. Burial following in Sunset Memorial Gardens.