WHITTIER – A memorial service for Helen Lorraine “Tiny” Ayres, 83, a 30-year Whittier resident whose widely varied occupations took her from the Pentagon to the Los Angeles Public Defender’s office, will be held Saturday in Fullerton. The service will be at 11 a.m. at Fullerton’s First Evangelical Free Church, where she was a member. The church is located at 2801 N. Brea Blvd. Ayres died March 14 in Long Beach. She was born in Long Beach July 12, 1923 to George and Della Trout at Seaside Hospital. She was so small when she was born, her parents gave her a nickname of “Tiny,” which stuck with her for life. She graduated from Poly High School in Long Beach and went on to graduate from UCLA, where, as a result of her mastery of English, she was able to earn extra money by grading other students’ papers. After graduation from college, she worked in the Pentagon for 16 months. She returned home for the wedding of her sister and, while home, became the executive secretary to an admiral in Long Beach. After she and William Ayres were married in 1963, they settled in Whittier and she went to work in the office of the Los Angeles County Public Defender. Following her retirement, she became very active in the Whittier Republican Women’s Club and Fullerton Christian Women’s Club. She was also a volunteer at Whittier’s Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital. Ayres is survived by her husband; sister, Dorothy Bloomquist, four nieces, her nephew and her two beloved cats. The cats have been adopted by two of her nieces. – From staff reports 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!