Elizabeth (Libby) Ayer

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Elizabeth (Libby) Ayer, 93, of Denton, passed away at her home on August 6, 2014. Libby was born on February 27, 1921, to Henry and Stella (Walters) Heisler in Utica, Kentucky.

Elizabeth graduated from Utica High School in 1938. As a youth, she met her future husband at Pleasant Hope Church in rural Kentucky.

During WWII she worked at the General Electric Kentucky Radio (Kenrad) Factory building radio tubes, contributing to the support of her family as well as the war effort. After the war, Libby was married to her sweetheart, Hugh Mason Ayer, on August 17, 1946. She then attended cosmetology schools in Kentucky and Indiana, working for a number of years as a beautician, enabling her husband's pursuit of higher education which culminated in his PhD in American history from Indiana University. She was truly the wind beneath his wings.

She and her husband were active members of the First Christian Church in Denton, Texas, for 55 years and for many years were members of the Danforth Association, representing the University of North Texas. She was a past President of the U.N.T. Faculty Wives Club and for many years was active in a number of philanthropic and charitable organizations in the Denton community including P.E.O. and the Denton Community Food Bank. She was an avid bridge player and a member of several bridge clubs resulting in many treasured and enduring friendships. Her highest priority and lasting legacy though was her focus on her husband and family.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Hugh Ayer; mother, Stella Heisler; and father, Henry Harrison Heisler. She is survived by her children, Margaret Mason Ayer and husband Darin Davis of Austin, TX, and David Hugh Ayer and partner Katie Stark of Santa Fe, NM; grandchildren, Mason Hugh Ayer of Austin, TX, and Davis Ayer of Los Angeles, CA.; and siblings, Nan Davis of Owensboro, KY, Jane Heisler Tong of Evansville, IN, Henrietta Heisler Harrison of Owensboro, KY, Robert Heisler of Owensboro, KY, and Gene Heisler of Calhoun, KY.

Visitation will be held at First Christian Church in Denton from 2 to 3 P.M. on Sunday, August 10, 2014, with Funeral Services following at 3 P.M. A reception for all will follow the service at the family home (425 Mimosa Drive).

Elizabeth will be laid to rest at Oak Grove Cemetery in McLean County, Kentucky, on Wednesday August 13.


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