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5295 Thickson Road North
Whitby, ON L1M 1W9
Phone: 905-655-3662
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Helen Ayres

Helen Jane Elizabeth Ayres (Hewitson)

Tuesday, January 30th, 1923 - Friday, December 13th, 2019
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Ayres, Helen Jane Elizabeth (nee Hewitson)

(Long time member of Rebekah Lodge, Recipient Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012).

Passed away on Friday December 13th, 2019 with grace and dignity at the age of 96. Helen is predeceased by her husband William (Bill) Ayres (1996).

Much loved mother of Catherine Gowland and her husband Gary of Waterloo and William R. Ayres and his wife Sharon of Cornwall.

Much loved grandmother of Alan and his wife Laura, Tuula, Matthew, Kenneth and Sarah and her husband Aaron.

Cherished Great-grandmother of Lauren, Rachel, Hannah, Abigayle and Leah.

Predeceased by her brother Doug and Allan and her sister Ruth. Helen is also predeceased by her daughter-in-law Louise (2006). Fondly remembered by her nieces and nephews and their families.

Visitation at Barnes Memorial Funeral Home, 5295 Thickson Rd. N. Whitby on Sunday December 22nd, 2019 from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. The Rebekah Lodge will hold a service at 2:00 p.m. Sunday afternoon. The Funeral will follow immediately in the Barnes Chapel.

Helen will be laid to rest beside her husband during a private service on Monday.

In memory of Helen and in lieu of flowers memorial donations to Lakeridge Health (Cancer Care) or SickKids Foundation would be appreciated by the family.

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  • Visitation

    Sunday, December 22nd, 2019 | 1:00pm - 2:00pm
    Sunday, December 22nd, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
    Barnes Memorial Funeral Home Ltd.
    5295 Thickson Road North
    WHITBY, ON L1M 1W9
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  • Service

    Sunday, December 22nd, 2019 | 2:00pm
    Sunday, December 22nd, 2019 2:00pm
    Barnes Memorial Funeral Home Ltd.
    5295 Thickson Road North
    WHITBY, ON L1M 1W9
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Rev. Dr. Robert Kennedy
  • Interment

    Thornton Cemetery Oshawa
    1200 Thornton Rd. N. Oshawa.
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  • Reception

    Barnes Memorial Funeral Home Ltd.
    5295 Thickson Road North
    WHITBY, ON L1M 1W9
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  • Rebecka Lodge



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Private Condolence

Gary Ross

Posted at 12:25am
Dear Helen's family:

We are so sorry to hear of Helen’s passing. We have known Helen for many years through the Oddfellows and Rebekah Lodges and also as a very dear friend and long time travel companion of Rilda Ross (Our Mom, 2016). Helen and Rilda along with two other ladies spent a lot of time together visiting other Lodge functions, playing cards and just socializing and enjoying each other’s company.

They called their foursome “The Merry Widows”

They are now together again.

Gary and Shirley Ross

Catherine/Gary, Rod/Sharon, Al/Laura, Tuula/Lauren

Posted at 03:53pm
With loving memories of "Helen Ayres" -our mother, grandmother & great-grandmother. She was deeply loved and an inspiration to the family and world!
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Catherine, Gary, Rod, Sharon, Al, Laura, Tuula, La

Posted at 03:46pm
Mom/Grandma/Great-grandma: You were an inspiration & deeply loved by your family! We will miss you but your memory will remain in our hearts 4ever XO
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Judy Panylo(Aasen)

Posted at 04:33pm
Mrs.Ayres was a second mother to my two brothers and myself. She had an eye out for us but would also rein us in if need be.
Fond memories of impromptu summer picnics and her delicious goose berry pie., and all day Christmas celebrations including two meals. Throughthe years she followed our lives as we grew into adulthood and followed the stories of our own children. She was a great friend to our mom throughout the years and loved telling stories of how we would get into trouble and the consequences that followed Mrs. Ayres was a strong individual who overcame many trials herself . She was one great woman who touched the lives of so many. Rest in peace

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