Dorothy Marie (Shannon) Ayers

June 15, 1929 ~ October 7, 2018 (age 89)

Dorothy (Shannon) Ayers, 89, of Kittanning, died Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018, at ACMH Hospital.

Dorothy was born in Manor Township on June 15, 1929, to Hattie (McGinnis) and Alexander Shannon.

She was a 1947 graduate of Kittanning High School.

Her employment included Eljer Co., WACB Radio Station and the Department of Sales Tax- Revenue Division.

After relocating to Butler, Pa., she had employment with Friedman’s Supermarkets, Inc., PA Job Service, and she also served as Executive Secretary to the late Judge Arthur Rauschenberger of Butler Common Pleas Court.

Mrs. Ayers was a member of St. Luke’s United Church of Christ, serving as deacon and secretary for church council.

Her accomplishments include being a member of the Kittanning Area Women’s Club, Armstrong County Historical Society, lifetime member of Post 249 VFW Ladies Auxiliary where she served as President of the Butler VFW and Butler County VFW.

She also served as president of District 25 VFW Ladies Auxiliary.

Dorothy served her community on various other committees and positions.

Her hobbies included decorating, collecting thimbles and plates, and playing her beloved organ.

She is survived by one sister, Mrs. Michael (Vesta) Csir; daughter, Rhonda (Leslie) Galizia and husband Joseph, of Zelienople, Pa; son, Stephen Leslie and wife, Lorraine, of Clarksville, Tennessee; and daughter-in-law, Janie (Toy) Leslie, of Harper’s Ferry, West Virginia.

Also surviving Dorothy is a multitude of nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and one great-great grandson.

She was preceded in death by her parents; first husband, Robert D. Leslie; second husband, Dr. Cyrus B. Slease; and third husband, Clarence V. Ayers; son, David T. Leslie, who passed away Aug. 30, 2016; and her first husband’s three brothers, Arthur, Andrew, and Floyd Cunningham; and one sister, Myrna Smith.

Friends will be received from 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018, until time of funeral service at noon on that date at the Snyder-Crissman Funeral Home, 200 S. McKean St., Kittanning, with Rev. Edward A. Walters officiating. Interment will be at Lawn Haven Burial Estates.

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