Thelma's Story

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Thelma Arretta Ayers, age 84 of Washington Street, Moorefield, passed away Sunday afternoon, Feb. 11, 2018 at the E.A. Hawse Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Baker. Born on Feb.17, 1933 in Moorefield, she was a daughter of the late James William Helmick, Jr. and Alice Pauline "Polly" Whetzel Helmick. She was preceded in death by her husband, Air Force Sergeant Raymond Lee Ayers in Jan.1997; sisters, Alfreda Leatherman and Betty Shirley; brothers, Hayden Helmick, James "Vic" Helmick, Junior Wayne "Tooney" Helmick; and a step grandson Kyle Helmick.
As they were growing up, all of the neighborhood boys were frequent visitors at Thelma's house. Knowing that she'd have food for them, they'd stop in where she'd welcome them to fill their stomachs. A military wife, she was a devoted mother and grandmother and later a part time cook at local restaurants including Colt's and Sunset, where she was well known for her delicious pies.
Surviving are three sons, Raymond W. "Buck" Ayers and wife Cindy of Moorefield, Eston L. "Booger" Ayers and wife Linda of Goldsboro, N.C. and Brian E. "Rusty" Ayers and wife Tammie of Moorefield; a brother, Monterey "Ray" Helmick and wife Lucy of Singers Glen, Va.; four grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; twenty-nine great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018 at the Fraley Funeral Home Chapel, 107 Washington Street, Moorefield. Funeral Services will be conducted on Thursday, Feb.15, 2018, at the Fraley Funeral Home Chapel, 107 Washington Street at 2 p.m. with Pastor Jon Lenninger officiating. Interment will follow at the Olivet Cemetery.
Condolences, shared memories and photos may be left on Thelma's Tribute Wall at www.fraleyfuneralhome.com .
Arrangements are under the direction of the Fraley Funeral Home.
Copyright © 2018 Fraley Funeral Home, LLC.
Published on February 12, 2018
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