Catherine Denton Ainsworth, 81, of Big Sky, passed away of natural causes Aug. 22, 2011. She was born Oct. 12, 1929, in Johnson City, N.Y., to Jack and Catherine (Maxeiner) Denton.
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Catherine graduated from Syracuse University, Syracuse, N.Y., in 1949. She resided in Fort Wayne, Ind., for 30 years, moving to Big Sky in 1991.
She met Walter S. Ainsworth while competing in collegiate alpine ski racing at a St. Lawrence University Winter Carnival. They were married Dec. 27, 1951, in Johnson City, N.Y.
She was involved in many community activities including the Fort Wayne Junior League, Trinity English Lutheran Church, and she chaired the Girl Scout Council of Allen County, Ind. While in Big Sky, she participated in the Big Sky Chapel and community choirs; and helped organize Eagle Mount's Big Sky ski dinner.
She enjoyed downhill skiing, golf, the garden club, horseback riding and sailing.
Catherine is survived by her husband, Walter; daughters, Anne (Robert) Holtz and Elizabeth (Robert) Biggerstaff; son, Walter (Connie) Ainsworth; eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Also surviving are sisters, Elizabeth Kinder of Massachusetts, and Amelia Bravar of New Hampshire.
Memorial services will be held at 11:15 a.m. Monday, Aug. 29, at the Big Sky Chapel.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Big Sky Chapel Endowment Fund, P.O. Box 160792, Big Sky, MT 59716.
Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service; www.dokkennelson.com.
Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service
113 South Willson Avenue
Bozeman, MT 59715
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Aug. 25, 2011