February 15 1932 September 14 2020
Hampton – Ann M. Ayers, loving mother and dedicated educator, died peacefully on September 14, 2020, at the age of 88. Ann was born February 15, 1932 in Springfield MA to the late William J. Merrigan and Kathryne Granfield Merrigan. She graduated from Cathedral High School in Springfield MA in 1949 and from the University of Massachusetts in 1953 where she was a member of Chi Omega sorority. She was a lifelong educator who taught at Deerfield (MA) High School, Duxbury (MA) High School, and Massasoit Community College. Ann was a visionary teacher who proposed and developed a food service class in the early 1970s at Duxbury High School. She reconnected many disenfranchised students with her forward thinking at the Bread Board. Many of her students became executive chefs and leaders in the hotel industry. Ann was passionate about the ocean. Whether simply sitting on a beach and listening to the waves or traveling the world scuba diving, Ann found solace by the ocean. Ann was often seen with her beloved white Samoyed GiGi. She lived in Meriden, CT; Duxbury, MA; Thornton, NH; Wolfeboro, NH; Manomet, MA and eventually retired in Naples, FL and Hampton, NH. Ann was the wife of the late Paul L. Ayers Jr. She is survived by her 6 children, Cathy Ayers Keohane, Paul Ayers, Peter Ayers, the late Richard Ayers, William Ayers, and Jennifer Ayers. Ann also has 8 grandchildren, and 9 great grandchildren. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 AM on Monday, September 21, 2020 in Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal Church, 289 Lafayette Road, Hampton. Burial will follow at 2 PM in the St. Paul’s Cemetery, Hingham, MA. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited. To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family of Ann M. Ayers please visit our Sympathy Store.
Our most sincere sympathies to the family and friends of Ann Ayers February 15 1932 September 14 2020.
Death notice for the town of: Hampton, state: New Hampshire