Obituary: Mildred Ayers

Mildred Ayers, 81, passed away June 21, 2010, in Kingman after a short illness. She was born May 28, 1929, in Lamar, Mo., the oldest daughter of Harry and Dorothy Ayers.

Mildred graduated from Lamar High School in 1947. She received her teaching degree from Southwest Missouri State Teachers College and taught in Missouri schools for several years, then moved to Dwight, Ill., to teach. Later, she moved to California and received her master's degree at the University of California, Los Angeles, and taught at Riverside High School for a few years. She then received her doctorate degree and taught in Palomar College in San Marcos, Calif., until her retirement in 1986.

Mildred was a wonderful teacher and gave her all to her students. She was chosen as U.S. Archery Coach of the Year in 1979. She was loved by all who knew her and would help anyone who needed it. She will be missed by many.

She is survived by one sister, Nancy Schoneweather and her husband Clarence of Richards, Mo.; and one brother, Tom Ayers and wife Judy, of Iantha, Mo. She is also survived by her lifelong friend and companion, Donna Reiser of Kingman, and many nieces and nephews. A private memorial is planned. Sutton Memorial Funeral Home is handling arrangements.