Patricia Lou Ayers, 84, died December 19, 2013 of natural causes at her home in Fort Dodge, Iowa.
Funeral services will be 10:00 AM Friday, December 27, 2013, at the Gunderson Funeral Chapel with Rev. Austin Hill officiating. Entombment will be in the Chapel of Peace Mausoleum at North Lawn Cemetery. Visitation and a social time will be from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM Thursday at the Gunderson Funeral Home and Cremation Services in Fort Dodge.
Pat was born December 18, 1929 to Vernal and Wanda Goodell in Lake Park, Iowa. She grew up on the family farm in the area of Lake Park. She graduated from Lake Park High School and went on to obtain her teaching certificate from the Iowa State Teacher’s College. Her first teaching position was in Randall, Iowa where she met and married the love of her life, Perry Robert Ayers on August 6, 1950 in Lake Park, Iowa. Three daughters were born to this union. Pat, Bob and the girls lived in Jewell and Toledo, Iowa before moving to Fort Dodge in 1960. Once the girls were in school, Pat returned to teaching, working in both the public and parochial schools in Fort Dodge.
In their younger years, Bob and Pat had a passion for dancing. After retirement, they enjoyed their travels around the continental United States. Pat loved gardening, reading, visiting with neighbors and friends and spending time with her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Children held a special place in her heart and she appreciated the unique personality of every child. Pat was a caregiver. She was kind, patient and devoted to her faith and family and like so many mothers, always putting her family before herself. Her love for Bob was evident by the care she gave him in the last years of his life.
Those left to honor Pat’s memory are her daughters, Tamara (Robert) Kuhn of Newton; Denise (Michael) Olson of Urbandale; and Anita (John) Goodrich of Bondurant. Also six grandchildren; Lisa (Eric) Wiechmann of Huxley; Mike Kuhn of Prague, Czech Republic; Tim Kuhn of Windermere, FL; Joe (Becky) Goodrich of Carlisle, Jeff Goodrich of Iowa City: Andrew Goodrich of Kirksville, MO; four great grandchildren; Michael and Ella Wiechmann and Jocelyn and Luke Goodrich and a sister-in-law, Betty Erickson of Des Moines and her children David Erickson of Des Moines and Linda Erickson Swenson of San Antonio, TX. Pat is preceded in death by her husband, Bob; parents, Vernal and Wanda Goodell, brother, Harold Goodell and brother-in-law, Quintin Erickson.
Memorial contributions may be directed to the family or the First Presbyterian Church of Fort Dodge.