403 Forbidden


nginx
Ellen Ayers

Ellen Theldarue Ayers (Hawkins)

Thursday, July 6th, 1939 - Sunday, April 7th, 2019
Recommend this to your friends.
Share via:

Sign in to the Family Interactive Login

The Family Interactive feature enhances An Amazing Life. Authorized family members can securely access their loved one's memorial website settings at any time.

Share Book of Memories with a Friend

Please enter the name and email details so that we can send your friend a link to the online tribute. No names or addresses will be collected by using this service.

Email Sent

Your email has been sent.

To share your memory on the wall of Ellen Ayers, sign in using one of the following options:

Sign in with Facebook

OR

Or sign in with your email address

Your condolence has been posted successfully

Provide comfort for the family of Ellen Ayers with a meaningful gesture of sympathy.

No Thanks

Contact Funeral Home

Please enter your question / comment below:

Email Sent

Your email has been sent.

Send Flowers
Guaranteed hand delivery by a local florist

Obituary

Ellen Theldarue “Rue” Ayers, 79, of the Quebec community, went home to be with her Lord and Savior Sunday night, April 7th, 2019.
She was born on July 6th, 1939, in Chattanooga, Tennessee and she was the eldest of eight children of Bill and Edna Farmer Hawkins. Rue’s family moved to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, where a mutual friend introduced her to Earl Ayers, a young man fresh out of the army who became a regular customer at her soda fountain counter, and soon her husband–to-be. They married on May 19th 1957, and eventually moved back to Earl’s native Transylvania County, NC. They resided in several locations in the county before 1978, when they built a home on Old Quebec Road in the Quebec Community.
Rue was a long time employee of American Thread in Rosman before becoming known as one of the finest cooks in the area, working at the Family Kitchen and Toxaway Deli, as well as Micah’s in neighboring Jackson County where she became known as “Maw” to many who regularly ate her food. She made chili for years for Rosman High and Youth football games and for Quebec Community Center bingos, and folks travelled considerable distances to buy hot dogs for a taste of that chili. She was also renowned for her cakes, which she sold to an area restaurant. Working and raising seven children seems more than most could handle but not Rue, she volunteered for twenty years for the Rosman Rescue Auxiliary. Rue only went to the eighth grade while growing up but decided to continue her education when her children were through with high school. She attended classes and then received her GED. In order to save money she made most of the clothes her children wore while they were small.
She loved to read, particularly her Bible and books about the Amish. Rue also enjoyed crocheting, especially baby blankets for all the many grandchildren and great- grandchildren she was blessed with. But her favorite pastime was playing bingo. She rarely missed a Saturday night game until her health made it impossible for her to attend. In her early years she grew beautiful flowers in her garden and later in life had many plants decorating her home.
Far surpassing her other interests was her love of family. She and Earl raised seven children, as close knit a family as you’ll ever find. That love and closeness enveloped the many grandchildren and great- grandchildren that followed, and those who married into the family were immediately made true sons and daughters as well. Known as “Mamaw Rue” to practically all of Quebec, that love also extended to the many neighborhood youngsters who found a home away from home in the Ayers’ household.
In addition to her parents, Rue was preceded in death by her loving husband of 56 years, a union that is now a reunion in heaven and she is now also reunited with her beloved daughter Ellen Goulet and with her brothers Billy, Jerry Wayne, and David Hawkins. She is survived by her sisters Nadine Brockman, Barbara Byrd, and Clorinda Gerashimchik, all of Alabama, and one brother, Kenny and wife Amy Hawkins of Florida. She was surrounded by her surviving children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren; son Andy and daughter Vickie who lived with her, daughter Rosetta and husband Ronnie Chapman of Quebec, daughter Rachel and husband Gary Phillips of Tuckasegee, son Rocky and wife Cindy Ayers of Balsam Grove, daughter Nancy and husband Tom Sweet of Penrose. Her grandchildren are Nathan, wife Amanda Bell Chapman of Sylva, Cole, wife Laura Miller Chapman of Quebec, and Reid, wife Amanda Huggins Chapman of Old Toxaway, Will Goulet, fiancé Danielle Raines of Sapphire, Daniel, wife Dana Boley Goulet of Sapphire, Creid, wife Alyssa Ayers of Sylva, Cassidy Ayers of Balsam Grove, Clay Sweet of Montana, Zeb Sweet of Penrose, Amy, husband Jimmy Briggs of Brevard, Shannon, wife Kimberly Phillips of Brevard. Her great-grand children are Hayden, Garret, and Brodie Chapman, Annabella Chapman, Hallie and Jasper Chapman, Liam and Tytus Goulet, Lexie Cochran, Gracie Briggs, and Shantel Norman, Ethan, Isaiah, and Aliya Phillips. Her great-great grandchildren are Easton Ayers and Emberlyn Cochran. She was well loved by her extended family of brother and sister in-laws, nieces, and nephews.
Rue was a devoted wife, loving mother and grandmother, and a friend to so many. Her favorite time of the year was Christmas and her family and friends enjoyed her annual Christmas party with her delicious fudge. She was a member of Oak Baptist Church in Quebec and attended faithfully until her health prevented her from going. She will be missed by all who loved her.
The family will receive friends and family at Moody-Connolly Funeral Home on April 12, 2019 from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. and the service will be held at 1 p.m. in the chapel with Reverend Steve Boley officiating. Music will be provided by Jacob Crabtree. Burial will be at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens following the service.
Please join the family after the graveside service at the Fish Camp for a meal and fellowship.
Flowers are appreciated or, if you prefer, donations may be sent to Oak Grove Baptist Church Youth Fund, 649 Kim Miller Rd., Lake Toxaway, NC 28747.
On line condolences may be left at www.moodyconnollyfuneralhome.
Moody-Connolly Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of the arrangements.
Read Less

To send flowers in memory of Ellen Theldarue Ayers (Hawkins), please visit our Heartfelt Sympathies Store.

Service Details

  • Visitation

    Friday, April 12th, 2019 | 11:00am - 1:00pm
    When
    Friday, April 12th, 2019 11:00am - 1:00pm
    Location
    Moody-Connolly Funeral Home
    Address
    181 South Caldwell Street
    BREVARD, NC 28712
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Friday, April 12th, 2019 | 1:00pm
    When
    Friday, April 12th, 2019 1:00pm
    Location
    Moody-Connolly Funeral Home
    Address
    181 South Caldwell Street
    BREVARD, NC 28712
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Interment

    Friday, April 12th, 2019 |
    When
    Friday, April 12th, 2019
    Location
    Blue Ridge Gardens of Memory
    Address
    994 Hendersonville Hwy.
    PISGAH FOREST, NC 28768
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email

Condolences

We encourage you to share your most beloved memories of Ellen here, so that the family and other loved ones can always see it. You can upload cherished photographs, or share your favorite stories, and can even comment on those shared by others.

Private Condolence
Flowers
John & Rhea Strickland, Marsha and Larry Bricker, and others have sent flowers to the family of Ellen Theldarue Ayers (Hawkins).
Guaranteed hand delivery by a local florist
JS

John & Rhea Strickland

Posted at 08:12am
Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts.
Flower Image

John & Rhea Strickland purchased flowers for the family of Ellen Ayers. Send Flowers

MB

Marsha and Larry Bricker

Posted at 06:32am
Our deepest condolences for your loss. We know Rue's passing will leave an emptiness but feel comfort that she's finally back with Earl.
Flower Image

Marsha and Larry Bricker purchased flowers for the family of Ellen Ayers. Send Flowers

KT

Kim, Beth, and Fran at TCH

Posted at 08:13am
Vickie and family - our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time, and we miss you!
Flower Image

Kim, Beth, and Fran at TCH purchased the Medium Dish Garden for the family of Ellen Ayers. Send Flowers

MM

Mary Ann Raxter McCall

Posted at 11:51pm
Sending prayers for comfort and joy as you remember your mother and her life well-lived.
Flower Image

Mary Ann Raxter McCall purchased flowers for the family of Ellen Ayers. Send Flowers

HS

Heartfelt Sympathies Store

Posted at 08:13am
Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss... Our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.
Flower Image

Flowers were purchased for the family of Ellen Ayers. Send Flowers

Loading...

Photos & Videos

Photo Album