Belva Jean Ayers, 81, of Lampasas died March 19, 2019 at Spring Oaks Nursing and Rehab.

Graveside funeral service will be March 22 at 2 p.m. at Hillsdale Cemetery near Izoro. Sneed Funeral Chapel has charge of arrangements.

Jean was born May 12, 1937 near Antelope Hill (now part of Fort Hood) to Arnold Manning and Myrtle (Cox) Manning.

She married Jessie Ayers, and they lived a short time in California. The family moved to Austin and remained there about 17 years. Most of her life was spent near Kempner.

Jean ran the daycare at Copperas Cove Presbyterian Church for 20 years, and she was a homemaker. She loved needlework, crocheting, embroidery and quilting, and growing flowers.

She is survived by her husband; son, John Ayers; daughter, Sharon Herbst (Dennis); daughter-in-law, Jeannie Ayers; five grandchildren, Kelly Criddle (Zac), Jennifer Ayers, Jordan Herbst (Jordy), Jessie Herbst and Jeremy Ayers; and one great-grandchild, Wren.

Jean was preceded in death by two brothers, two sisters and by two sons, James Ayers and Paul Ayers.