Maxine Ayers, 92

Maxine Knepper Ayres, 92 of Thedford, died March 1, 2012, at Linden Court following a brief hospitalization at North Platte.Funeral services were Monday, March 5, at the United Church of Christ in Thedford with the Rev. Linda Martin officiating. Interment was in the Hillcrest Cemetery, with Govier Brothers Mortuary of Broken Bow in charge of arrangements. In lieu of flowers memorials are suggested to the Hillcrest Cemetery, the Life Center in Thedford, or the family would like to encourage everyone that is able to donate blood to the American Red Cross.Maxine was born Sept. 15, 1919, at Mason City to Hugh and Mary (Cordis) Elliott.She is survived by her sister, Evelyn Friel of Nevada, Mo.; children, Norma Jean and Jack Stevens of Rapid City, S.D., Robert and Sharon Knepper of Loveland, Colo., Lee Knepper of Cumberland, Iowa; grandchildren, Jeff and Aida Stevens of Omaha, Susan Stevens of Sturgis, S.D., Gene Knepper of Cheyenne, Wyo., Richard Stevens of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Greg and Anne Stevens of Sidney; great-grandchildren, Kelsey Stevens, and Karalyn and Robert Stevens.She was preceded in death by husbands, Robert Knepper and Morell Ayers; sisters, Theodocia, Belle, Alice and Thelva; brother, Harry and sister-in-law, Tracy Elliott; and infant great-granddaughter, Jerri Ann Stevens.Published in Custer County Chief, March 8, 2012