Lorraine Ayers

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Lorraine Ruth Ayers, 86, of McGregor, Iowa, passed away on Friday, Dec. 4, 2020, at Great River Care Center in McGregor. 

Lorraine was born June 30, 1934, to Elmer and Elsie (Schave) Brainard in Frankville, Iowa, attending school in Postville, Iowa. Lorraine was united in marriage with LaVern Ayers on Nov. 15, 1952. Throughout the years, she worked as a C.N.A. for Prairie Convalescence Center, Beaumont Group Home, and Homeward Bound. Lorraine was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in McGregor, where she was an organist for many years. When her children were young, Lorraine was a Cub Scout den mother and taught Sunday School. She enjoyed garden canning, bowling on a league, going on trips, dining out and playing cards with friends and family.

Surviving Lorraine are her children, Michael (Karen) Ayers of Stoughton, Jon (Monica “Teaka”) Ayers of Marquette, Iowa, Theresa (Eric) Kjosa of Clermont, Iowa, and Barbara Rieck of Marquette, Iowa; 10 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; her sister, Kay Hicks of Arizona; a son-in-law, Jeff Van Nice of Beaver Dam, two brothers-in-law, Frank Rodenberg of Marquette, Iowa, and Bill Sweeney of Dubuque, Iowa; and two sisters-in-law, Lillian Thornton and Lucy Anderson, both of McGregor, Iowa.

Lorraine was preceded in death by her husband, LaVern Ayers; daughter, Diana Van Nice; son, Robert Ayers; grandson, Troy Trappe; and brother Kenneth Brainard. 

A private family graveside service will be held at the Pleasant Grove Cemetery, McGregor, Iowa, with Pastor Andrew Preus officiating. A Memorial Service will be held at a later date. Thornburg-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service, of McGregor, is assisting the family with arrangements.

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