Elva Jean Ayers, 77, of Romney, died December 1, after a prolonged battle with cancer. She passed peacefully at the home of her brother and sister-in-law, Kenny and Robin Ayers.
Born November 10, 1940, she was the daughter of the late Walter Ayers and Virginia (Landis) Ayers. Jean, as she was known, was a graduate of Romney High School. She worked for a number of years in Seven Corners, VA, first as a babysitter, then as a wig department associate at Woodward & Lothrop stores (“Woodies”) where she met several of Washington’s elite. When a congenital back problem left her unable to continue working, she returned to the family home place in Foxes Hollow where she enjoyed living independently and helping those around her.
Jean liked being with friends and family, as well as having marathon telephone “visits” with them. She had a tremendous memory and was a prolific storyteller. She found humor in simple things, and she loved to laugh–many of her stories revolving around humorous things that family and friends had said or done. One of her favorite pastimes was taking long walks in “the Hollow” with her good friend, Shirley Duncan, or by herself with the dogs. The fur baby of her life was her little dog, Moochie, who preceded her in death. When weather did not allow her to be out, she created beautiful, oil-painted works of art most of which she gave as gifts.
Jean is also survived by two very special nieces, Kelly Ayers of Morgantown and Stephanie Ayers of Pittsburgh, one great nephew, Sloan Nesbit of Morgantown, and step-nephew, Ian Jeffries of Seattle. She loved and treated her nieces and great nephew as though they were her own, having been an integral part of their lives since birth.
For years, Jean’s daily meditation was to read the Bible—copying it by hand several times, front to back. She was a devoted and ever present member of the Foxes Hollow Baptist Church until her illness stopped her from attending.
Jean lived simply. She was kind and accepting. She was generous beyond her means without expectation. Jean was the true embodiment of a Christian, always making others’ needs a priority.
As per her request, Jean will be cremated with a memorial service to be held at a later date. Please watch for the announcement to be published on the Shaffer Funeral Home web site and the Hampshire Review. The family kindly requests that, in lieu of flowers, donations be sent to Foxes Hollow Baptist Church, 216 Foxes Hollow Road, Romney, WV 26757.
Please direct inquiries to Shaffer Funeral Home, 304-822-3511