Helen “Sue” Ayala

February 9, 1950 - October 12, 2020

Helen “Sue” Ayala, 70, a resident of Ft. Myers for the past 45 years, formerly of Jacksonville, FL, passed away Monday, October 12, 2020 in Fort Myers.  She was born February 9, 1950 in Roberta, GA to Elic and Mary Combs, now deceased. 

Sue was of deep Christian faith.  In addition to being a dedicated wife and loving mother, Sue also loved talking to her sisters and reading scripture.  Throughout her entire life, she held an unwavering faith in God which she shared with her loving husband.  Early in her life, Sue was involved in produce sales, then became an activities director at a nursing home.  She was always on the go and enjoyed shopping, her friends, her church family and surprise visiting her family.  She was a mentor and neighborhood counselor to many and a champion for God.

She is survived by her loving child, Randy Maldonado (Mary-Ann) of Methuen, MA; five sisters, Gaile Lyons (Charlie) of Orange Park, FL, Betty Rice (Sonny) of Jacksonville, FL, Jenny Smith (Melvin) of Taylor, FL, Brenda Grimes (David) of Jacksonville, FL and Jackie Combs of Jacksonville, FL; seven grandchildren, Ryan Maldonado (Amy) of Cookeville, TN,  Roman Maldonado of Methuen, MA, as well as,  Anthony Driver, Randy Ayala, Kaloeb Ayala, Cisto Ayala, and Jose Ayala; sister-in-law, Joyce Combs and two brother-in-laws, Keith Dasher and Don Hughes; numerous nieces and nephews as well as a very close family friend, Angelina Bowles and family of Ft. Myers.  

Sue was preceded in death by her husband, Jesus Ayala in 2011; a son, Jesus Ayala, Jr.; four siblings, David Combs, Carol Dasher, Robert Combs and Linda Hughes.

Memorial Services will be held at 11:00 AM Sunday, October 18, 2020 at Slater Bible Church, 18130 Matt Rd., North Fort Myers, FL 33917 with Pastor J.W. Richardson officiating.

Memorial Contributions in memory of Helen Sue Ayala are suggested to Slater Bible Church, 18130 Matt Rd., North Fort Myers, FL 33917.

Mullins Memorial Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Fort Myers, is entrusted with final care.


  1. Jake Daniels Oct 14, 2020 at 10:14 am


  2. Gaile Lyons Oct 14, 2020 at 10:29 am

    Susie, this is Gaile Lyons and Charlie, we love you very much, say hello to all our loved ones and give everyone a big hug…I will forever miss you…Love your big Sister..

  3. Meredith Smith Oct 14, 2020 at 2:09 pm

    Sleep well Mrs.Sue sending much love & hugs to the family

  4. Melissa Collins Oct 14, 2020 at 2:17 pm

    Awww Ms. Sue I will miss our Facebook chats! Rest easy sweet lady!

  5. Janice Dawson Oct 14, 2020 at 4:11 pm

    Rest in peace mama Sue you will be missed but to know that now you were with the Lord rejoicing makes my heart glad

  6. Bobbie Hughes Summersill Oct 14, 2020 at 4:50 pm

    Sue I was so blessed to have you as a childhood friend,you are now with JESUS ,love you always

  7. Ruth Ann Lee/Ryder Oct 14, 2020 at 10:55 pm

    Prayers and God bless 🙏❤ 🙏 We love you Momma Sue & Rest in Peace I’m sure you’re rejoicing with loved ones ❤ love you like another Mom all are memories together ❤

  8. The Thomas Family Oct 18, 2020 at 11:15 am

    Sister Sue💖thank you for shareing God’s love with me&my family,I personally know you fought the good fight of Faith&and laid up in Heaven,is where your treasure lye😢Your gonna truely be missed by sister Kaye&Me💖💖💖💖💖To the family God’s comfort&strength be with you all what a wonderful family you all are,Sister Sue loved you all dearly,she always mentioned you all everytime we spoke🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸💟💟💟💟🙏🙏🙏

  9. Brenda Grimes Oct 18, 2020 at 4:59 pm

    Sue you are definitely missed But not forgotten ❤️ I miss our chats and your never ending Love for all 💕I even miss the beep beep beep lol 😆 You were a mother ,friend, sister , wife and granny and awesome mentor to many ❤️And the less fortunate .Thank you for sharing the love of Jesus with all that had come in contact with you. We Love and cherish all the memories we had together ❤️And will hold on to them forever Love your baby sister Brenda and Family 💜

  10. Melissa Chowaniec Nov 11, 2021 at 8:43 pm

    Oh Susie
    Throughout the years I have always searched for you online since leaving Florida.I am so saddened by finding out this way.But I know you are rejoicing with Jesus and Pee Wee.I have so many fun memories of you…shopping,and our love of trying to find the best fried chicken in Lee County ha ha ha 🙂 You helped me in so many ways that thank you would never be enough.Your Faith always rubbed off on me and I know you would be proud of where I am in my Journey with God..Blessings to your Family Sue,they were sure fortunate to have you ! Love you Momma Sue

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