Helen Ayres July 8, 1915-Feb. 15, 2008

Aug 3, 2015


Helen Dunmore Ayres died Friday, Feb. 15, 2008, in Cleveland.

She was born July 8, 1915, in Cleveland, the daughter of Walter Thomas and Mabel (Curtis) Dunmore. Her father was the Dean of Western Reserve Law School from 1910 until his death in 1945. She was married in 1938 to Charles Hamilton Ayres III, a Cleveland lawyer, who died in 1968.

She was educated at Laurel School, Ohio Wesleyan University, and graduated from Mather College (Western Reserve University) in 1936. She traveled extensively with her father and later with her husband, visiting Iceland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Holland,Belgium, England, France, Italy, Spain, Greece, Egypt, Russia, Japan, China, Taiwan, Thailand, South Korea, Malaysia, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Bora-Bora, Tahiti, and much of the United States and Canada.

Mrs. Ayres was a member of Fairmount Presbyterian Church, Chi Omega Sorority, College Club of Cleveland, two garden clubs, Western Reserve Historical Society Women's Committee, Daughters of the American Revolution, and Colonial Dames. She was avolunteer at the Salvation Army and St. Luke's Hospital.

She is survived by three sons, Thomas Dunmore (Marcia) Ayres of Canton, Conn., Charles Hamilton Ayres IV of Las Vegas, Nev., and Curtis Haven (Sharon) Ayres of Georgetown, Del.; five grandchildren, Catherine (Mrs. Jason) Haven Wescott, Susan (Mrs. Mark) Ayres Kolbusz, John Cannon Ayres, Charles Hamilton Ayres V, and Haven Dunmore Ayres; three great-grandchildren, Alexander Dunmore Wescott, Trevor Curtis Kolbusz, and Tyler Gregory Kolbusz; and nephews, Walter (Irene) Oliver, and Roland Oliver.

She was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; and sister, Marjorie C. Oliver.

Friends may call from4-6 p.m. Tuesday in Brown-Forward Funeral Home, 17022 Chagrin Blvd.

Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday in Fairmount Presbyterian Church, 2757 Fairmount Blvd., Cleveland Hts., Ohio. Interment in Milan Cemetery, Milan, followed by a reception.

The family prefers that in lieu of flowers, memorials in her name be made to Fairmount Presbyterian Church. For information go to legacy.com.