Ellen Theldarue "Rue" Ayers


April 11, 2019

Ellen Theldarue "Rue" Ayers, 79, of the Quebec community, went home to be with her Lord and Savior, Sunday night, April 7, 2019.

Born July 6, 1939, in Chattanooga, Tenn., she was the eldest of eight children of Bill and Edna Farmer Hawkins.

Her family moved to Fort Lauderdale, Fla. where a mutual friend introduced her to Earl Ayers, a young man fresh out of the army, who became a regular customer at her soda fountain counter, and soon her husband–to-be. They married May 19, 1957, and eventually moved back to Earl's native Transylvania County. They resided in several locations in the county before 1978, when they built a home on Old Quebec Road in the Quebec Community.

She was a longtime employee of American Thread in Rosman before becoming known as one of the finest cooks in the area, working at the Family Kitchen and Toxaway Deli, as well as Micah's in neighboring Jackson County, where she became known as "Maw" to many who regularly ate her food. She made chili for years for Rosman High and Youth football games and for Quebec Community Center bingos. Folks travelled considerable distances to buy hot dogs for a taste of that chili. She was also renowned for her cakes, which she sold to an area restaurant.

Working and raising seven children seems more than most could handle, but not Rue. She volunteered for 20 years for the Rosman Rescue Auxiliary. She only went to the eighth grade while growing up but decided to continue her education when her children were through with high school. She attended classes and then received her GED. In order to save money she made most of the clothes her children wore while they were small.

She loved to read, particularly her Bible and books about the Amish. She also enjoyed crocheting, especially baby blankets for all the many grandchildren and great-grandchildren she was blessed with. But her favorite pastime was playing bingo. She rarely missed a Saturday night game until her health made it impossible for her to attend. In her early years she grew beautiful flowers in her garden and later in life had many plants decorating her home.

Far surpassing her other interests was her love of family. They raised seven children, as close knit a family as you'll ever find. That love and closeness enveloped the many grandchildren and great-grandchildren that followed, and those who married into the family were immediately made true sons and daughters as well. Known as "Mamaw Rue" to practically all of Quebec, that love also extended to the many neighborhood youngsters who found a home away from home in the Ayers' household.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her loving husband of 56 years, a union that is now a reunion in heaven. She is now also reunited with her beloved daughter, Ellen Goulet and with her brothers Billy, Jerry Wayne and David Hawkins.

She is survived by her sisters, Nadine Brockman, Barbara Byrd and Clorinda Gerashimchik, all of Alabama; and one brother, Kenny and wife, Amy Hawkins, of Florida.

She was surrounded by her surviving children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren; son, Andy and daughter, Vickie, who lived with her; daughter Rosetta and husband Ronnie Chapman of Quebec, daughter, Rachel and husband, Gary Phillips, of Tuckasegee; son, Rocky and wife, Cindy Ayers, of Balsam Grove; daughter, Nancy and husband, Tom Sweet, of Penrose; her grandchildren, Nathan and wife, Amanda Bell Chapman, of Sylva; Cole and wife, Laura Miller Chapman, of Quebec, and Reid and wife, Amanda Huggins Chapman, of Old Toxaway, Will Goulet and fiancé, Danielle Raines, of Sapphire, Daniel and wife, Dana Boley Goulet, of Sapphire, Creid and wife, Alyssa Ayers, of Sylva, Cassidy Ayers, of Balsam Grove, Clay Sweet, of Montana, Zeb Sweet, of Penrose, Amy and husband, Jimmy Briggs, of Brevard and Shannon and wife, Kimberly Phillips, of Brevard; great-grandchildren, Hayden, Garret and Brodie Chapman, Annabella Chapman, Hallie and Jasper Chapman, Liam and Tytus Goulet, Lexie Cochran, Gracie Briggs, and Shantel Norman, and Ethan, Isaiah, and Aliya Phillips; great-great-grandchildren, Easton Ayers and Emberlyn Cochran.

She was well loved by her extended family of brother- and sister-in-laws, nieces, and nephews.

She was a devoted wife, loving mother and grandmother and a friend to so many. Her favorite time of the year was Christmas and her family and friends enjoyed her annual Christmas party with her delicious fudge. She was a member of Oak Grove Baptist Church in Quebec and attended faithfully until her health prevented her from going. She will be missed by all who loved her.

The family will receive friends and family at Moody-Connolly Funeral Home April 12, 2019, from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. The service will be held at 1 p.m. in the chapel, with Rev. Steve Boley officiating. Music will be provided by Jacob Crabtree.

Burial will be at Blue Ridge Memorial Gardens following the service.

Join the family after the graveside service at the Pisgah Fish Camp for a meal and fellowship.

Flowers are appreciated, or, if you prefer, donations may be sent to Oak Grove Baptist Church Youth Fund, 649 Kim Miller Road, Lake Toxaway, NC 28747.

On line condolences may be left at http://www.moodyconnollyfuneralhome.

Moody-Connolly Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of the arrangements.


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