ANDERSON — Dorothy R. Ayers, 94, of Anderson, passed away June 21, 2013, at Countryside Manor Health Care in Anderson. Dorothy succumbed to illness after a fall in January that broke her hip.
She was born Nov. 3, 1918, in Indiana, to Carl and Lois Summers. She married Gerald D. Ayers on April 21, 1939, and they had three children, Anita, Eric and Teresa.
Dorothy began her career as a legal secretary after attending Anderson Business School. However, she always had a passion for teaching and, in 1957, began taking classes at Anderson College and became an elementary school teacher. She taught for 27 years in Anderson Public Schools, including Riley and Brentwood. Dorothy was a pioneer in team teaching, teaching the fifth grade with Wilma Summit for many years. Dorothy loved children and loved teaching them. She enjoyed reminiscing with past students whom she often encountered around town. Her students often told her that she was their favorite teacher and that they appreciated her prayers for them at the beginning of each school day.
While teaching, Dorothy returned to college to obtain her master’s degree and completed the course work for a Ph.D. at Ball State University. She then taught night classes on teaching methods in the education department of Anderson College for six years. During the summers, Dorothy and Gerald took their children and then grandchildren all over the United States on educational trips, to enrich their lives and knowledge. Education was always Dorothy’s passion, no matter who the audience!
Dorothy attended Park Place Church of God and was a devout Christian, reading 10 chapters of her Bible every evening. She spent a lot of time in prayer, praying faithfully for her family and those in need. Dorothy’s family came first in her life, and she would always tell them, “If you need me, you call and I will be there.” You knew that you had a place in her heart and in her home. Dorothy led a rich and interesting life, was loved deeply by her family and will be missed.