Mary Elizabeth McMaster Ayer, 93, of Wilmington, passed away on Sunday, April 3, 2016, at her home. She was born in Nunda, N.Y., on April 7, 1922, daughter of the late Bert McMaster and Harriett Democker McMaster. Her husband, Oliver E. Ayer, preceded her in death.
Mary graduated from Filmore High School, Filmore, N.Y., in 1939 and married Oliver on April 19, 1941.
She was a DuPont wife, moving 16 times in 28 years; starting in Niagara Falls, N.Y., and retiring with her husband in Wilmington in 1972.
During those 28 years, she worked a myriad of jobs including salesperson, real estate agent, and as a Fred Astaire dance instructor.
She was a very competitive person, including playing checkers and Scrabble with her son, and later with golf and bridge. Few weeks would go by without reading her name in the Wilmington paper for winning local golf and bridge tournaments. She was a member of Cape Fear Presbyterian Church in Wilmington. During World War II, she worked manufacturing ball bearings to support the war effort.
Surviving are her son, Mitchell O. Ayer (Gloria); grandchildren, Kristin E. Stokes and David M. Ayer (Veronica); great-grandchildren, Hunter and Garland Stokes and Josh and Beck Ayer; and special friends, Bob Blake, Francis and Susan Dabney and Elaine Umstetter.
A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 7, in Oleander Memorial Gardens, 306 Bradley Drive, Wilmington, with the Rev. Jonathan C. Watson officiating.
Memorial gifts may be made to Cape Fear Presbyterian Church, 2606 Newkirk Ave., Wilmington, NC 28412.
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