Top Banner for Helen Carolyn Williams Ayres Obituary
Helen Carolyn Williams Ayres Obituary

Brought to you by Clements Funeral Service

Helen Carolyn Williams Ayres

November 8, 1946 - May 12, 2024

Helen Carolyn Williams Ayres Obituary

DURHAM: Helen Carolyn Williams Ayres, 77, passed away on Sunday, May 12, 2024 at Duke Raleigh Hospital. She was born in Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania to the late Thomas and Evelyn Williams.


Helen had a lifelong passion for learning and strived to know as much as possible about any field that she pursued. She received her RN in 1967 from the Easton Hospital School of Nursing (Pennsylvania) and worked nights as a Labor and Delivery nurse while she pursued her BSN (1970) and MSN (1972) at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. She worked for many years in maternal health at multiple institutions in Philadelphia, Washington DC, Boston, Chapel Hill, and Durham. During this time, she participated in countless births, the most memorable of which was the unexpected home delivery of one of her grandchildren.


While acting as the Clinical Nurse Supervisor in Labor and Delivery at UNC Hospitals, she briefly considered a transition to hospital management; to support this goal, she received her MBA from UNC Greensboro in 1993. She then moved on to teach nursing at Durham Technical Community College. To support this role, she pursued and was awarded her Ed.D from North Carolina State University in 2005. She advanced to become the Director of the Nursing Program at Durham Tech and was instrumental in achieving the program’s first national accreditation. Both as a nurse and an educator, she was always committed to excellence in patient care.


In addition to her active career, Helen was a devoted mother who always went above and beyond to support those she cared about. Her volunteer activities ranged from girl scout cookie mother to coordinator for a large church sale. In her free time, Helen was an avid reader and repeat scrabble champion. She enjoyed beach vacations, and time with family, friends, and pets.


Helen is survived by her husband of fifty-two years, Charles Ayres; daughter, Jennifer Ayres; son, Michael Ayres; grandchildren, Elizabeth Todd, Simone Todd, and Dylan Veazey; great grandson, Micah Herman; brother, Thomas Williams; niece, Jessica Quick; and nephew, Thomas Williams Jr.


A memorial service will be held at 2:00 pm on Saturday, May 25th at Clements Funeral Chapel in Durham.


In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to Durham Technical Community College, Jenna M. Clayton Scholarship, 1637 Lawson Street, Durham, NC 27703 (https://www.durhamtech.edu/durham-tech-foundation/donation-form; select ‘other’ from dropdown menu and input scholarship name). Jenna was a former student of Helen’s who passed away, and this scholarship fund provides support for other nursing students. Donations can also be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to combat childhood cancer. This was a cause that was close to Helen’s heart. https://www.stjude.org/donate/donate-to-st-jude


The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral & Cremation Services, Inc. in Durham. Online condolences may be sent to www.clementsfuneralservice.com.


To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of Helen Carolyn Williams Ayres hosted by Clements Funeral Service.

DURHAM: Helen Carolyn Williams Ayres, 77, passed away on Sunday, May 12, 2024 at Duke Raleigh Hospital. She was born in Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania to the late Thomas and Evelyn Williams.


Helen had a lifelong passion for learning and strived to know as much as possible about any field that she pursued. She received her RN in 1967 from the Easton Hospital School of Nursing (Pennsylvania) and worked nights as a Labor and Delivery nurse while she pursued her BSN (1970) and MSN (1972) at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. She worked for many years in maternal health at multiple institutions in Philadelphia, Washington DC, Boston, Chapel Hill, and Durham. During this time, she participated in countless births, the most memorable of which was the unexpected home delivery of one of her grandchildren.


While acting as the Clinical Nurse Supervisor in Labor and Delivery at UNC Hospitals, she briefly considered a transition to hospital management; to support this goal, she received her MBA from UNC Greensboro in 1993. She then moved on to teach nursing at Durham Technical Community College. To support this role, she pursued and was awarded her Ed.D from North Carolina State University in 2005. She advanced to become the Director of the Nursing Program at Durham Tech and was instrumental in achieving the program’s first national accreditation. Both as a nurse and an educator, she was always committed to excellence in patient care.


In addition to her active career, Helen was a devoted mother who always went above and beyond to support those she cared about. Her volunteer activities ranged from girl scout cookie mother to coordinator for a large church sale. In her free time, Helen was an avid reader and repeat scrabble champion. She enjoyed beach vacations, and time with family, friends, and pets.


Helen is survived by her husband of fifty-two years, Charles Ayres; daughter, Jennifer Ayres; son, Michael Ayres; grandchildren, Elizabeth Todd, Simone Todd, and Dylan Veazey; great grandson, Micah Herman; brother, Thomas Williams; niece, Jessica Quick; and nephew, Thomas Williams Jr.


A memorial service will be held at 2:00 pm on Saturday, May 25th at Clements Funeral Chapel in Durham.


In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to Durham Technical Community College, Jenna M. Clayton Scholarship, 1637 Lawson Street, Durham, NC 27703 (https://www.durhamtech.edu/durham-tech-foundation/donation-form; select ‘other’ from dropdown menu and input scholarship name). Jenna was a former student of Helen’s who passed away, and this scholarship fund provides support for other nursing students. Donations can also be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to combat childhood cancer. This was a cause that was close to Helen’s heart. https://www.stjude.org/donate/donate-to-st-jude


The family is being assisted by Clements Funeral & Cremation Services, Inc. in Durham. Online condolences may be sent to www.clementsfuneralservice.com.


To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of Helen Carolyn Williams Ayres hosted by Clements Funeral Service.

Events

Event information can be found on the Official Obituary of Helen Carolyn Williams Ayres.