Thelma Jean Aynes Mayer


February 7, 1940 - September 28, 2013

Thelma Jean Aynes Mayer, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend, passed into the loving arms of the Lord on September 28, 2013, in Tacoma, Washington. She was laid to rest in a graveside family service at Elmwood Cemetery in Choctaw, Okla., on October 4, 2013.

Jean was born in Nashoba, Okla., to John L. and Lillie Mae Cook Aynes (Pioneer Oklahoma Territory Families), who preceded her in death. She spent her early years in Oklahoma and also resided in Richmond, Calif., for a short period of time.

On March 10, 1973, she married Forest Mayer in Vancouver, Wash., and they made their home in Montesano.

She attended schools in Oklahoma City, Okla., Harronville Grade School, Jackson Jr. High School and Central High School. She was a member of the Central Park Baptist Church in Central Park, Wash., where she served as a Deaconess and was a member of the sorority Xi Gamma Sigma. She loved all her children, grandchildren, nephews and nieces, as well as the numerous children she cared for in her in home daycare for a number of years, specializing in infants. She helped in caring for the elderly whom she loved. She loved to travel and visited the following countries, India, Hong Kong, South Korea, China, Thailand, Germany, Poland, Luxemburg, France and England.

In addition to her husband she is survived by her children, Timothy S. Rakes, Tammy and Patrick Schaffert of Central Park, Wash., Shawna and Brian Parrott of Platte City, Mo., and a step-son; she has four known grandchildren, Kelly Schaffert, Jonathan Schaffert, Zachery Johnson and Kali Jackson of Platte City, Mo. She is also survived by numerous nieces and nephews; her loving brother, Ted Aynes of Oklahoma City and sister, Phyllis Vidol of Choctaw, Okla. She was preceded in death by her parents; her brothers, Newt, George, J.W. and Olen; and sisters, Mary, Bernice, Dealma, Jeanice and Bonnie.

A memorial service will be held at the Central Park Baptist Church at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 16, 2013. Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association of St. Jude Children’s Hospital.