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RICHFIELD SPRINGS Jane Ainslie, 86, passed away peacefully on Friday morning, Sept. 1, 2017, in her home. Throughout her last days she had the comfort and support of her loving family at her side.
She was born on Aug. 7, 1931, in Cooperstown, daughter of the late Dorr and Hazel Dornburgh Snyder.
Jane grew up on Irish Hill in Cooperstown where she graduated from Cooperstown High School.
On Aug. 14, 1949, she was united in marriage to Harold "Hap" D. Ainslie in the Cooperstown Baptist Church. They shared a loving and devoted union for more than 56 years until his passing on Feb. 10, 2006.
She was a past member of the Order of the Eastern Star in Richfield Springs. She and her husband were 4-H leaders in the community, providing many wonderful memories to the children of the neighborhood.
She held several jobs, including her last one at the Fly Creek Cider Mill.
In her leisure time she enjoyed her gardens, watching birds, attending local fairs, crocheting and listening to music.
To those who knew her she was kind, caring and accepting of all. She was always there to help someone in need without looking for anything in return.
Jane was happiest when she was surrounded by her many friends and family, especially her cherished grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Her family was most important to her and gave her great joy. She will truly be missed here on earth but is now with her husband who she missed dearly.
Surviving her are three sons and their wives, William (Bill) and Betty Ainslie of Tavares, Florida, Warren and Rachel Ainslie-Hamblin and Wayne (Chet) and Carol Ainslie, all of Richfield Springs; three daughters, Donna Ainslie, Deb DeJohn and her husband, Rick, all of Ilion, Dodie Ainslie and her partner, Gail Strausser of Endicott; two brothers-in-law, Jim Ainslie and Walter (Muzzy) Hribar of Richfield Springs; 10 grandchildren, Trevor Ainslie and wife, Amy, Brad Ainslie and wife, Tracy, Kim Cremeno, Linda Leone, Jessica Barbuto and husband, Mark, Carolyn DeJohn and husband, Michael Petrei, Georgia, Ida and Martha Ainslie-Hamblin, and Candace Domion; nine great-grandchildren, Ashley, Kara, Kiersten, Logan, Kyan, Mia, Violet Jane, Lexi and Aedan; many nieces, nephews and cousins.
She is predeceased by her beloved great-grandson, Anthony Gifford; and all 10 of her siblings, Bernice Fish, Jesse, George, Perry, Robert (Plug), Frank and Lester Snyder, Harriet Snyder, Louise Johnson and Polly Hribar.
Calling hours for Mrs. Ainslie will be from 2 to 4 p.m., Sunday, at J. Seaton McGrath Funeral Home, 40 West James St., Richfield Springs. A funeral service will follow in the funeral home with Chaplain Bruce Helstrom, Catskill Area Hospice, officiating.
Expressions of sympathy may be made with memorial donations to the Catskill Area Hospice and Palliative Care. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Donations may also be given via its website at cahpc.org or mailed to 1 Birchwood Drive, Oneonta NY 13820.
Published on September 4, 2017
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