Ayn Cabaniss, age 56, of Belgrade, Montana, died Sunday following a brain hemorrhage. Born March 5, 1959, in Birmingham, Alabama, she spent her early years moving frequently due to her father's military career, including three years in Germany. She graduated from St. Agnes School in Alexandria, Virginia, attended Mt. Vernon College, and graduated from Hillsdale College in Michigan. She later earned a Master's Degree in Journalism from the University of Florida.
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Ayn spent several summers as a horseback riding instructor and counselor at Camp Nakanawa in Tennessee and worked briefly in news television before serving in the Peace Corps in Western Samoa. For several years she ran a home-based business selling hot sauces from around the world.
A Southerner at heart, Ayn was known for her love of nature, reading and foreign cultures, her generous heart and especially her kindness to the many animals that she rescued over the years. Her greatest love was for her three sons.
Ayn is survived by her sons Alexander Cabaniss, Jelks Henry Cabaniss IV and Leigh Cabaniss, her mother Anne Mudd Cabaniss, her brother Jelks H. Cabaniss III, her sister Nabers Cabaniss Johnson. She was preceded in death by her father, Jelks H. Cabaniss, Jr.
Burial will take place Friday, Oct. 23 at 2 p.m. at Little Georgetown Cemetery in Broad Run, Virginia. Donations can be made to Stafford Animal Shelter, 3 Business Park Rd., Livingston, MT 59047.
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Oct. 22, 2015