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Susan Ayers

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Susan E. Ayers age 60 of New Hampton, Iowa died Saturday September 16, 2017 at her home. Funeral services will be held 3:00 p.m. Friday, September 22, 2017, at The Chickasaw Event Center, New Hampton with Pastor Cory Orr, Chris Rygh, and Chip Uhrmacher officiating. Friends may greet the family 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. Thursday, September 21, 2017, at Hugeback - Johnson Funeral Home in New Hampton. Visitation continues an hour prior to the service at the Chickasaw Event Center on Friday. Susan Elizabeth Ayers was born September 27, 1956, in Chicago Heights, IL, the daughter of Walter (Martha) Edmisten. She attended school in Olympia Fields, IL, and was the 1974 valedictorian of Rich Central High School. Sue continued her studies at Iowa State University, where she earned an Family Science Degree. At a social function at Iowa State, she was introduced to Leland Ayers and the couple were married June 3, 1978, at Faith Protestant Church in Park Forest, IL. The couple initially moved to Pocahontas, Iowa for Lee's first teaching position at Havelock - Plover. They then moved to Mt. Pleasant, Iowa where Lee began teaching in Danville and from there they moved to New Hampton in 1983 when Lee took a teaching position and have lived here since. Sue spent her time as a homemaker and took care of the three dogs that they had over the years. Sue enjoyed walking, baking, traveling with Lee, reading the bible, flower gardening, and bowling. Church activities were a key part of Sue's life. Sue had many health complications stemming from Type 1 diabetes beginning at age 11. In 1986, she became one of the earliest recipients in the nation of a kidney-pancreas double transplant. And when the first kidney began to fail, she received the gift of life from her sister-in-law, Eileen Edmisten, in 2000. She was an advocate for organ donation because of how dramatically it changed her life. Sue is survived by her husband of 39 years, Leland Ayers of New Hampton, IA; brother, Walter Edmisten of Park Forest, IL; sister, Christine Meyer of Crete, IL; nieces and nephews, Colette (Jim) Edmisten - Williams, Jessica Meyer, and Jonathan (Jovan) Meyer. She was preceded in death by her parents; two brothers, David and Jeffrey Edmisten.

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  1. Dearest Lee, I’m so sorry to hear of Sue’s passing. She was such a wonderful woman and I have many memories with her. Please know you’re in my thoughts and prayers always and especially during this difficult time. Love Always, Brandy

  2. Lee and other family, my heart aches for you. I have many memories to hold onto and I know you have many many more. They will help you heal. My prayers are with you all. Love, Terry

  3. With all our love and prayers, Hoffman Family purchased the Crystal Cross Bouquet for the family of Susan E. Ayers.

  4. Sue is a model of faith and love and perseverance. I will always remember her smile and kindness. I saw her walking her dogs and I admired her so much because I knew she tried so hard to keep going. She fought the good fight… I imagine she is making up for lost time and able to do whatever she wants. It is a healing thought, but we will miss her. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Lee and family.

  5. To know Sue & to be her friend was a blessing in & of itself. She was genuine, funny, compassionate, she truly listened to your cares & prayer requests, & we are absolutely richer in our souls to have known her! We know this faithful woman of God is now enjoying the peace, comfort, & happiness that Christ has provided for his followers. We send our sincere sympathy to Lee & her family. Please know that you are in our thoughts & prayers. So sorry to now be back in Arizona & unable to celebrate her life with all her friends & family. Love Brita & Dick Reams

  6. Sue was a wonderful Christian lady. I have great memories of singing in the church choir with her and sharing many other activities with her. She was an awesome church camp counselor to our daughter and she gave many hours of loving service for the Lord. I know that He was waiting with open arms for this beautiful woman when He called her home where she is basking in His love and singing with the angels. Many thoughts and prayers are going up for you, Lee and for Sue’s family as well. She will be missed by many but never forgotten. ~Judy and Dean Knoll

  7. Lee and all: We were so saddened to hear of Sue passing. We have a lot of memories of being together at the many meetings in past years. Please accept our true sympathy and prayers for her. Darrell and Sally Ludwig

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