302-478-7100 Wilmington & Hockessin, DE

Jean “Gidge” R. Ayars

Gidge Ayars, age 86, of Wilmington, DE passed away peacefully with her son at her side on Saturday, October 24, 2020.

Gidge was born in New York City, NY to the late David Carson Ralston and Frances Lindsay Ralston, on March 27, 1934. She spent less than a year there and then moved back to Wilmington, DE where she lived for most of the next 85 years. She attended The Tatnall School in Wilmington, DE and Stuart Hall School, in Staunton, VA.

Gidge either made friends, or had friends, all over the world. With her caring nature, her smile and the twinkle in her eye, it was easy for Gidge to make lifelong friendships. She loved to travel, usually with her good friends or family, visiting most of the US National Parks and the four corners of the globe. An adventuresome, independent explorer, she had stories to tell of her experiences: hawking, riding camels, her renaissance moving to a winter wonderland in Colorado and to 365 days of sun in New Mexico, and starting a career as a floral designer. Flower design was her passion, creating works of art for countless brides and other special occasions.

Gidge had a strong sense of family and heritage, motivating her to become a Colonial Dame, a direct maternal descendent, of a Colonial founder or leader. Her Scottish heritage led to a love of bagpipes coming down through the hills and the great Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Gidge is survived by her son Preston Ayars, III (wife Kirk) of Wilmington, DE. She adored her grandchildren Morgan and Carter, both of Wilmington, DE. She is also survived by her brother David T. Ralston (husband Ed) of Stockton, NJ. She was very close to her nephews and niece, Jonathan, Brooks (wife Kourtney), and Lisa, along with their mother, Hydie.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that Memorial Contributions please be made to the International Fund for Animal Welfare, IFAW.org, or to your favorite charity, in her memory.




Funeral Services

A private burial service will be held at The Wilmington Brandywine Cemetery, at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that Memorial Contributions please be made to the International Fund for Animal Welfare, IFAW.org, or to your favorite charity, in her memory.





    Sincere apologies to Preston as can't find mailing address It is with most sincere regret at the loss of Gidge Ayers-------she the ever joy to life-ever up, spontaneous and yet one ever of genuine inquiry. She was at the heart of good to her Community. Charlie Weymouth----- Wilmington
    11/02/2020 07:32 am
    Pres Lee writes,
    Pres, I didn’t know your mom but she sounds like and amazing and enjoyable lady, who lived life to the fullest. You were very lucky to have her and you now have many wonderful memories to continue to enjoy her. I wish you and your family the best! Pres Lee
    11/02/2020 09:19 am
    Pat, and Mike Western writes,
    Pres, So sorry to hear of your loss. Our heartfelt condolences go out to you and your family. In caring sympathy, the Burke family.
    11/04/2020 01:12 pm
    Denis L. Chandler writes,
    To Pres and Kirk and David and Ed, My heart sank when I saw Gidge's picture in the obituaries last Sunday. We were long time friends from long ago and I have missed her off and on ever since then. I fell for her due to her passion for life and sincerity of heart. And our mutual LOVE of FLOWERS. I always felt a lift when we would run into one another here or there or share a glass of wine. I moved to Australia for seven years and we lost touch. I knew she'd moved from 14th street ( I lived up a few blocks ) and wondered where she'd gone..... I hope here final years were good. My sincere and deepest sympathies go out to each of you. I will now think of her as I see the stars appear in the evening sky or as I work in my garden. Denis Chandler
    11/08/2020 11:05 am

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