March 2, 1929-July 1, 2014
Phyllis Corinne Franklin Ayres, 85, passed away Tuesday, July 1, 2014, in Manvel, Texas.
Phyllis was born March 2, 1929, to Karen (Christiansen) and Elsworth R. Franklin, in Douglas. Her father died in December 1936 of pneumonia and her mother died 53 years later, also in December.
Phyllis and her brother, Bud, who passed in 1989, attended school in North Dakota and both graduated from Minot State Teachers College, now Minot State University. Phyllis taught music in Grand Forks and with the Army in Frankfort, Germany, until 1955.
In 1955, on her way to Saudi Arabia to teach school, she met and married ETC Thomas C.B. Ayres Jr., U.S.N., of Brooklyn, N.Y. As a military family, the Ayres family (children Natalie, Tom, Lea, and Bob) were stationed in California, Wisconsin, Hawaii, Nevada, Maine, Asmara (Eritrea-East Africa), Massachusetts and Alabama to name a few places.
Divorced in 1974, Phyllis began her nursing home/hospital administrator career with positions in Wisconsin, including Homme Home for the Aged in Wittenberg, in Texas and in California. She also continued in the arts as a musician and singer whenever the opportunity presented itself. She performed many recitals with her dear friends Carol and Willys Folsom, of Wittenberg, Wis., and later, Sacramento, Calif.
After retiring in 1991, she lived with her son Tom, his wife, Susan, and their family for a year. The past 20 years or so, she lived with her daughter, Lea, and her children, Joshua and Nicole, and, at times, Andrea and Dani, and, in the past couple of years, with Lea's new husband, Woody Chamberlain and daughter, Natalie.
Phyllis is survived by: daughter, Karen (Kari) Natalie, of Manvel, Texas; son, Tom and wife Susan, of West Valley City, Utah; daughter, Lea Chamberlain and husband retired GSgt. Woodrow, of Manvel; and son, retired GSgt. Bob, of Coloma, Calif.; grandchildren, Brannon and wife Suzy, of Orem, Utah, Lindsey Chidester and husband Tony, of Millcreek, Utah, Andrea Varwig and husband Richard, of Sylvania, Ohio, Jack and wife Daniella, of Chevy Chase, Md., Dani Auld, a Navy Seabee stationed in Virginia, Ammon and wife Abigail, of Murray, Utah, Casey, of West Valley City, Utah, Joshua Auld, of Manvel, Nick, USMC, stationed in North Carolina; Nicole Auld, of Little Elm, Texas, Hunter and Trey, all of West Valley City, Utah; and great-grandchildren, Autumn, Melanie, Scarlette, Simon, Clementine, Toby, Milo, Reed Gael and Aspen.
There will be no service of any kind, per her request, just memories shared with friends and family. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Homme Home for the Aged, Wittenberg, Wis.
She loved life and will be sorely missed forever.