Elsie C. Ayres, 96

Elsie C. Ayres, 96, a beloved mother who was part of the Greatest Generation, passed away on Oct. 4, 2018.

Ayres was born Nov. 19, 1921, and grew up during the Great Depression, worked making nylon parachutes during World War II, and, with her husband, Harry Ayres, owned and operated the Millsboro Tastee Freez. They raised their children in the nurture and admonition of the Lord at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church.

She recalled riding on the floor of a buggy, pulled by a mule, and marveling as rockets carried people into space. She could raise any infant animal, be it a featherless baby bird or a hairless, almost-frozen baby squirrel. She was an ardent lover of nature and all living creatures. Flies could be swatted, but spiders had to be captured and released outdoors.

Ayres is survived by two daughters, Jacquelyn M. Ayres and Adrienne E. Ayres; a son-in-law, Richard Anthony; a number of nieces and nephews; and Mason Huffman and members of the Cheerful Notes Glee Club at the Cheer Center.

Services were scheduled for Oct. 15, 2018, at Watson Funeral Home in Millsboro, Del., with burial at Millsboro Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family encouraged people to enjoy a sunset, appreciate the clouds, help an animal or hug someone they love.