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.


  • 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


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

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 10, 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.