LaDora Ayres Aufill, 1937–2021

LOCKNEY—LaDora Ayres Aufill died peacefully on Thursday, April 8, 2021 in Lubbock, Texas, surrounded by prayers, family, music, and gentle caregivers. 

The funeral service for LaDora was held at the Main Street Church of Christ in Lockney, Texas, at 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 13, 2021. Pastor Jay Don Poindexter presided. 

Viewing was held from 1 to 5 p.m., Monday, April 12, 2021 and 8 a.m. to noon Tuesday, April 13, 2021 in the Moore-Rose Funeral Home Chapel in Lockney. 

She was laid to rest in the Silverton Cemetery during a private family burial service. Grandsons served as pall bearers. 

Funeral arrangements were under the personal care of Moore-Rose Funeral Home in Lockney. 

LaDora was born on October 1, 1937 in Plainview, Texas, to Robert and Nora Ayres. They lived in Lockney, where young LaDora assisted her father in the family’s Variety Store. She graduated with many close friends from Lockney High School where she played clarinet in the marching band.

After attending Texas Tech, LaDora married Don Peyton Aufill and they moved to Houston, where Don was employed by Goodyear Tire and Rubber. 

LaDora continued her educational pursuits and obtained her bachelor’s degree from the University of Houston. She began her teaching career at Pasadena High School, where she taught mathematics. 

Together, she and Don raised four sons and instilled in each a love for learning and music. The family returned in 1978 to Lockney, where LaDora continued her passion for teaching at both Lockney Junior High School and Lockney High School. 

LaDora was immensely proud of all of her students and considered many to be lifelong friends. It brought her great joy to watch them succeed at mathematics competitions as well as life. Later, LaDora earned a master’s degree in mathematics from Texas Tech University. 

LaDora loved reading, solving puzzles, and especially family music.

LaDora was preceded in death by her parents and a baby brother.

She is survived by her husband, Don’ her four sons and their families, Robert (Chuck) and Ronda, Don, Jr. and Lisa, Steve and Katheryne, and Jeff and Darla. “Dodie” loved her nine grandchildren: Robert, Jr., Chris, Kevin, Rion, Peyton, Kate, Dylan, Dalanie and Davis. She also adored her seven great-grandchildren. 

A woman of strong faith, LaDora was a lifelong member of the Church of Christ, and her family rejoices in her reunion with her Lord and Savior. 

Donations would be welcomed by the PKD Foundation, a cause near LaDora’s heart, or a charity of your choosing.

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