Flora Kurz Ayala, 91, passed away on 8 November 2017 at her home in Lawrenceville, GA. She was born on December 4, 1925 in Tallahassee, FL to Herman and Julia [Conway] Kurtz. Flora grew up in Tallahassee, FL and then she:
  • Attended Florida State College for Women and Duke University in Durham, NC where she proudly earned a BSN in Nursing. She remained an ardent Duke fan, chiefly basketball, for life.
  • Began her career as a registered nurse until retirement in 1986.
Flora married Raymond Joseph Ayala in 1949 in New Orleans, LA. They were happily married for 50 years. She was a member of Grayson United Methodist Church. She lived for her family and enjoyed every moment of her life especially all the precious times with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. To her family and friends she was known as communication central because of her joy in helping others and caring for their wellbeing. Her hobbies included traveling, visiting lighthouses, and birding, particularly viewing cardinals, pelicans, and cranes. Flora was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and sister Rose Marie [Kurz] Cringle. Flora is survived by her daughters: Julia A. (Steven) Sligar of Winterville, NC and Lora A. (Chris) Cobbs of Omaha, NE and sons Mitchell K. “Mike” (Sharon) Ayala of Lawrenceville, GA and Raymond J. “Buddy” (Kathi) Ayala Jr. of Houston, TX. Her grandchildren are Matthew “Matt” Cobbs, Andrew Cobbs, Brian (Lindsey) Ayala, Stefanie (Kelly) Henry, Kara Ayala, and Cameron Ayala; great grandchildren Libi and Levi Henry; and nephews James Kilgalen and John Kilgalen. A memorial service will be held at 12:00 P.M. on Saturday, November 11, 2017 at Wages and Sons Gwinnet Chapel with Rev. Elaine Puckett officiating. Burial will follow at Floral Hills Memory Garden in Tucker, GA.  The family will receive friends from 10:00 A.M.-12:00 P.M. on Saturday, November 11, 2017 at Wages and Sons Gwinnett Chapel, 1031 Lawrenceville Hwy., Lawrenceville, GA 30046. 770-277-4550. In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial donations be made to the American Cancer Society, 6500 Sugarloaf Pkwy, Duluth, GA 30097.  Online condolences can be expressed at www.wagesandsons.com  

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  1. Flora was my mother’s roommate in nursing school. I had the privilege of meeting her when she was in the hospital several years ago. I know she will be missed.

  2. I want to send my deepest sympathy to the Ayala family on the passing of Flo. I’ve known Flo since 1970 from the hospital days with Julia. I always felt she was like a second mother to me. I cherish the memories of sitting around the big round table with the lazy susan. Good food was always to be had at the Ayala house. Flo always had a smile on her face. I’ll miss you , Flo

  3. Flo was my friend for many years on Nottaway Court. When she and Ray would go on vacation, I would feed their birds. They were very particular about which food went in which feeder and what to give those those crazy squirrels. I have fed the birds at my house now for almost 20 years and have Flo to thank for that. She was a fine lady.

  4. Flora and Ray were volunteers at Northside Hospital Atlanta for many years when I was the Director of Volunteer Services. Flora was a joy to know. Her warm smile and friendly ways made her an asset to the hospital.

  5. My name is Pat Bridwell. My family and I had the privilege of meeting Flora at Gwinnett Extended Care when she was our mom’s roommate. Though we only knew her for a short time, we knew immediately that she was a very special lady. She watched over our mom like an angel, was always soft spoken & kind, and it always a pleasure to see her. We enjoyed every delightful conversation. It was obvious that she’d embraced life and experienced great happiness. Her face lit up each time she spoke about her family. She spoke proudly of her dad, a botanist, who chose the name Flora for her when she was born. In a short while, this inspirational lady with a beautiful soul left a rare & lasting impression. We sadly learned of Flora’s passing while paying respects to another friend at Wages & Sons today and wish to extend our deepest sympathy to her family. May God comfort you all in the days ahead. We were grateful for having been blessed to cross paths with Flora…who as a lovely flower, brought joy into the lives of strangers.

  6. Sorry to here about this lost she seem like extraordinary women and I send my condolences to her family John 5:25 helps us to appreciate that their is hope for the dead and soon we will be reunited with them again my thoughts and prayers are with your family

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