Carmella Frances Ayres was born on February 10, 1926, in Omaha, Nebraska to Joseph and Salvatrice (Italia) Corritore. She grew up in Omaha and graduated from Omaha South High School. After school she worked as a bookkeeper at various businesses. On September 27, 1952, Carmella was united in marriage to Jack Ayres. They were blessed with three children, PatriciaJack Jr. and Terrance. Carmella stayed home while the children were growing up. She then operated a gift shop at the Hilton Hotel for 11 years and worked various other jobs. Jack and Carmella moved to Woodbine, Iowa in 1993.
Carmella was a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church. She enjoyed cooking, gardening and sewing. Most of all, she loved taking care of her family.
Carmella died on Tuesday, July 12, 2022, at Azria Health Rose Vista in Woodbine at the age of 96 years, five months and two days.
Carmella was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Jack Ayres on August 19, 2008; son, Jack Ayres Jr.; three brothers, Sam, Paul and Frank Corritore; two sisters, Nancy Cameron and Pauline Corritore; sisters-in-law, Bernice, Rita, Barbara and Betty Corritore; and brother-in-law, Chuck Cameron. She in survived by her daughter, Patricia Lambert of Goose Creek, South Carolina; son, Terry Ayres of Woodbine; three grandchildren, Jack Smith, Jenna Lambert and Derek Lambert; four great-grandchildren, Dylan Lambert, Aiden Richardson, Makayla Lambert and Ahmer Richardson; and many other relatives and friends.