Anna Hooper Ayers, 88, private and hospital nurse

May 27, 2002

Anna Hooper Ayers, who worked in nursing for more than three decades, died of heart failure Wednesday at Corsica Hills Center in Centreville. The Centreville resident was 88.

Born Anna Hooper Elburn in Baltimore, she was a 1935 graduate of the nursing school of Woman's Hospital of Maryland, now Greater Baltimore Medical Center, and worked as a private health care provider for several families in the Green Spring Valley area.

She then worked at Woman's Hospital before moving to Rock Hall in 1959. She later worked at Kent & Queen Anne's Hospital for more than 20 years, retiring as a supervisor at age 70.

Family members said Mrs. Ayers brought the same caring style that she used as a nurse into the home. "She was a very kind and patient person," said her daughter, Ann Egolf of Centreville.

Her husband of 39 years, Robert Ayers, was a conductor for the Pennsylvania Railroad for 25 years. He died in 1975.

Services were held Saturday at Rock Hall United Methodist Church, where she was a member.

In addition to her daughter, Mrs. Ayers is survived by a son, Robert H. Ayers of Joppatowne; a brother, William A. Elburn of Owings Mills; three grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

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