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Mary Louella “Lou” Crockett Ayers passed away peacefully Oct. 31, 2016. She was born in Bedford County, Virginia, April 20, 1937, and was predeceased by her parents, Samuel Robert and Mary Frances Crockett, and her sister, Virginia Howell.
She is survived by her husband of 58 years, Wendell Ayers, her brother Robert Crockett, her children Anne Busé (Pete), Michael Ayers (Kristy), and Leigh Greene (Randy). In addition, she is survived by her grandchildren Lillian Schmidt, Steven Busé, Daniel Busé, Joe Ayers, and Nick Ayers, and her great grandchildren Paul and Benjamin Schmidt. She also leaves behind many beloved inlaws, cousins, nieces and nephews.
She graduated from Marion High School, and attended Roanoke College.
Mary Lou was a loving and hardworking homemaker, and was also involved in the leadership of many organizations, including the League of Women Voters, the York County Democratic Committee, the Yorktown Women’s Club, and the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of the Peninsula. She was dedicated to the possibility of a better world with peace, justice, and civil and human rights for all.
Her past times included weaving, quilting, crafts, music, gardening and walking, and the world is a more beautiful place with all that she created.
A memorial ‘get-together’ to celebrate her life will be held Sunday, Nov. 6 at 3:00pm at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of the Peninsula, 13136 Warwick Blvd, Newport News.