Lois L. Ayers (93) of Jacksonville, formerly of Effingham


Published on October 30 2017 6:47 am

Lois L. Ayers, 93, of Jacksonville, Illinois, formerly of Effingham, relocated to Heaven Friday, October 27, 2017 at her home surrounded by her family. She fought the good fight and is now reunited with her husband of 73 years.

Visitation for Lois will be held from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, November 4 at Johnson Funeral Home in Effingham. Funeral services will follow at noon Saturday at the funeral home. Following the service, cemetery rites will be held at Cisne Cemetery in Cisne. Donations may be made to Cass-Schuyler Hospice in Virginia or Literberry Christian Church in Literberry.

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Lois was born July 29, 1924, in the hills of Athens County, Ohio, to Ella (Boyd) and Asa Dille. She was the youngest of six siblings: Flossie, Raymond, Cephus “Dutch”, Elsie, and Basil. She married the love of her life, Phillip Edward Ayers December 22, 1941. They had two children: Carl Edward Ayers and Tammy Gayle (Ayers) Guthrie. Lois worked at the Hoover Defense Plant, served as a secretary at Cisne Grade School and Edgewood, worked at the Pure Oil Company and Martin’s IGA in Effingham and was a seamstress. She was an active member of her church and loved God with all her heart.

A woman of faith, Lois shaped her life by her tireless Christian example. She was a God-fearing woman who touched everyone she met. She was a great support for her husband when he returned home from fighting overseas in WWII and was the anchor of her family.

Surviving are her children, Carl “Buck” (wife Susie) Ayers of Verona, KY and Tammy (husband Tom) Guthrie of Jacksonville; grandchildren, Bob (wife Patty) Ayers and Lois Lynette Guthrie; and great-grandchildren, Carrie, Kiely, and Abby Ayers.

She was preceded in death by her parents; siblings and husband, Phillip Ayers (1922-2015).

“Well done, good and faithful servant.” (Matthew 25:23 NIV)