Ayyla Janet Jarvela, 62 of Marquette passed away on Sunday, Oct. 29, 2017 at the Aurora Medical Center in Green Bay, after a long illness. She was born in Lakewood, OH on Dec. 24, 1954 to James and Sue (Schneider) Jarvela. After growing up in Lakewood, she graduated from Lakewood High School in 1973. She then attended a year at Suomi College, in Hancock, MI and transferred to Northern Michigan University in 1974 and lived in Marquette from then on. She worked at different jobs throughout her life but spoke often of her time working at the Women’s Center in Marquette. She also became a Massage Therapist, and taught others the art of Therapeutic Massage.
Ayyla was known for her larger than life personality and having a spirited sense of humor. She was kind and caring with a positive attitude and outlook on life. She enjoyed many activities, including cross country skiing, biking, knitting, reading, quilting and sewing. She was always interested in what her friends and family were doing. Above all she cherished her time spent with loved ones and treasured her role as Nana to “the heart of her heart” her “buttercup”, Nadia.
Ayyla was an avid dog lover and is survived by her two fur babies Maisie and Bexley. Her family is asking that in lieu of flowers a donation of dog toys and treats be made to her family so that they can continue spoiling her girls in the way they are accustomed.
Ayyla belonged to the Marquette County Quilter Association and the Michigan Quilter Association. She donated her time and shared her knowledge and love of sewing and quilting with many others. She spent countless hours at Alley Kat’s Quilt Shop in Marquette with her favorite sewing group as well as teaching and attending quilting classes there.
Ayyla is survived by her parents, James and Sue Jarvela; son James (Amanda) Hess of Wilson; granddaughter Nadia Sandra-Sue Hess; sister Jane (Michael) Blackburn of Parma, OH; sister-in-law Pam Jarvela of Lakewood, OH and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her granddaughter Lily Ayyla-Ann Hess, and her brother Cliff Jarvela.
A celebration of her life will be held on Saturday November 11 at 4 p.m. eastern time at the Hannahville Indian Community Center in Wilson, MI. The Crawford Funeral Homes are assisting her family.