AY­ERS, Rea Arm­strong,

Richmond Times-Dispatch - - Nation&world -

97, of Rich­mond passed away on March 17, 2020, at the home of her daugh­ter, Bon­nie Steeves. She was pre­de­ceased by her hus­band of 62 years, E. Jerry Ay­ers Jr. She is sur­vived by her three daugh­ters of Rich­mond,

Kay Har­ri­son (Ron­nie), Bon­nie Steeves (Mike) and Patty Ay­ers; and her two sons, Richard Ay­ers (Bon­nie) of Har­rison­burg and Michael Ay­ers of Fred­er­icks­burg; as well as eight grand­chil­dren, six great-grand­chil­dren and ex­tended fam­ily and friends, both old and new. Rea lived an in­de­pen­dent and spirited life un­til shortly be­fore her death.

Born in Char­lottesvill­e, Rea grad­u­ated from the Univer­sity of Vir­ginia

School of Nurs­ing in 1945. Shortly af­ter­wards, she mar­ried and moved to Alexan­dria to raise her fam­ily. She con­tin­ued in her pro­fes­sion un­til re­tir­ing at age 62. She be­came a mem­ber of the Thomas Jefferson So­ci­ety in 1995. As one of the old­est nurs­ing school grad­u­ates, she was proud to at­tend 24 years of con­sec­u­tive alumni events. Rea was an ac­tive mem­ber in the Pres­by­te­rian church. She loved to gar­den and en­joyed na­ture to its fullest.

Rea re­mained a de­voted and loving mother up un­til the time of her death. She will be re­mem­bered for her sweet na­ture, gen­er­ous heart and en­er­getic spirit. Rea will be missed greatly by all who knew her and will stay in the hearts of many.

She will be in­urned along­side her hus­band in Ar­ling­ton Na­tional Ceme­tery. Con­tri­bu­tions in her mem­ory can be made to Smile Train or any wildlife or­ga­ni­za­tion.

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