Margaret F. Ainslie

Margaret F. Ainslie (nee Fay), 89, of the Cedar Community in the town of West Bend, passed away on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2005 at the Cedar Lake Health Care Center.

She was born Sept. 9, 1916 in Dolgeville, N.Y., to the late H. Stuart and Ellen (nee Futherup) Fay.

In 1934 she graduated from Ilion High School in Ilion, N.Y. and one year later, in 1935, she graduated from the Utica School of Commerce.

Margaretís ambition was to become a nurse, and in 1939 she graduated with an MS in nursing from the Presbyterian School of Nursing and began working at Mary Imogene Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown, N.Y.

She was united in marriage to Robert B. Ainslie, on Dec. 28, 1940, at St. Augustineís Episcopal Church in Ilion.

Together she and her husband lived in Syracuse for six months before moving to Cleveland, Ohio in 1941 where her husband completed a fellowship in surgery at Cleveland Clinic.

In 1942 Margaret and Bob were appointed as missionaries to China. Bob left in March of 1943; however Margaret was unable to get passage because of the War and she returned to Ilion.

In 1947 Margaret followed Bob to West China with their daughter Susan, where they lived until May, 1949 when they had to leave due to Communist infiltration.

From 1949 to 1952 Margaret set up home in the Philippines and taught student nurses at the American Baptist Hospital in Iloilo.

She and her family returned to the United States in 1952 and moved to Cleveland, where they lived until 1954.

The family then moved to Madison, where they remained until 1983.

Margaret was not only a skilled nurse, but also a devoted wife, mother and homemaker.

She loved sewing, knitting, embroidering and gardening; she served many hours as a member of the Methodist Hospital Volunteer Auxiliary in Madison.

Margaret was also an active member at Lake Edge United Church of Christ, Madison.

When she and Bob moved to Penney Farms Retirement Community in Florida in 1983, Margaret was again active in sewing and quilting activities.

She also reestablished herself as a trumpet player, which she had played in high school.

Margaret returned to Wiscon-sin with Bob in December of 2002 where they resided at Cedar Community in West Bend.

Survivors include by her daughter, Susan (Roy) Sellars of Sheboygan; three sons, John (Christine) Ainslie of Sun Prairie, Fred (Christine) Ainslie of Ironwood, Mich. and William (Vicki) Ainslie of Atlanta, Ga.; a daughter-in-law, Terry Ainslie of Milwaukee; a sister, Dorothy (William) Slocum of Belleview, Fla. and two brothers, Robert Fay of Carrabelle, Fla. and William Fay of Little River, S.C.

She is further survived by 12 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews.

Preceding her in death were her beloved husband, Robert, a son, Tom, and her great-great-granddaughter, Breanna Maree Loomis.

A memorial service for Margaret will be held on Saturday, Dec. 3 at 11 a.m. at Lake Edge United Church of Christ, 4200 Buckeye Road, Madison, with Rev. David Michael officiating.

Visitation will be at the church on Dec. 3 beginning at 10 a.m. until the time of service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to either the Alzheimerís Association, 6130 W. National Ave., Milwaukee, 53214 or to Cedar Community, 5595 Highway Z, West Bend, 53095.

Myrhum-Patten Funeral and Cremation Service, West Bend, is assisting the family.

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