Arlene Elstad Ayers

arlene elstad ayers
Arlene Elstad Ayers, age 96, died June 5, 2015 at Bethany on University. Arlene R. Ayers was born November 2, 1918 to John M. and Selma Borreson Elstad in Deering, North Dakota.  She grew up in Bowbells, ND and graduated from Bowbells High School.  She then graduated from Business College in Minot, ND.  Arlene R. Elstad and Donald F. Ayers were married on June 4, 1941.  After Donald returned from serving in WWII, they lived in Bowbells until moving to Sheridan, Wyoming. Arlene was an avid Bridge player and golfer, achieving a hole in one. She was a happy, cheerful person always with a ready smile. She is survived by her sister-in-law Kathy Elstad of Fargo and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, infant child at birth and brothers: Burt, John, Robert and Ellis Elstad. A memorial service will be held at 1:00pm Friday, June 12, 2015 at CHI Riverview in Fargo. We wish to thank the staff of CHI Riverview, Bethany on University (Willow Lane) and Hospice of the Red River Valley for their tender loving care of Arlene.

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  1. Dear Aunt Arlene,
    You were the nicest, kindest person whom I have ever known. We are left with special, lovely memories of the time we spent with you. How you, the most genuine person, could always smile and be positive no matter what happened. We all have been missing you and your good nature for quite a while and now, finally, you are free to go where God calls you and be with all those who have gone before you.
    We grieve the loss of a truly beautiful person.
    Goodbye, Emilie, Ray and Joel

  2. Aunt Arlene you will always be in my thoughts and fond memories. Your love and kindness made you a very special person in my life and I will never forget you. Rest in peace.

  3. I can remember playing croquet in the yard when we visited Sheridan. They are some of the best memories I have of growing up. Rest in Peace.

  4. Dearest Arlene,
    You were always such a bright light to all that knew you!
    I have such great memories of so many Holidays we spent with you and Don. I was very lucky to have you in my life!
    Enjoy eternity with the love of your life DON!

  5. Dear Phil and Family,
    Thank you for notifying the family on Arlene’s passing. I also have wonderful memories visiting your family that summer many moons ago! Time seem to past by faster as e all age. Aunt Arlene and Uncle Don were such wonderful hosts when we came. Aunt Arlene was the sweetest person, and I remember her fondly. I am sorry I was not able to attend the services. Please accept my deepest sympathy. Sincerely, Kathleen Legris

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