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Shirley Ainslie (1924 - 2012)

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Ainslie, Shirley Hughes

Shirley Hughes Ainslie, 87, passed away peacefully with her family by her side on Thursday, January 19, 2012 at Beechtree Care Center after a long illness. Shirley was born in Utica, NY to Helen C. Langdon and Robert E. Hughes on March 20, 1924. She graduated from Utica Free Academy, Utica, NY in 1942. She received a Bachelor's degree from the School of Home Economics, Cornell University in 1945 where she was a member of the School of Home Economics honor society, Omicron Nu. She completed her dietetic internship at the Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, MI in 1946. Shirley married James S. Ainslie Jr. on December 7, 1946 in Utica, NY. They returned to Ithaca, NY where they made their home on the family dairy farm. In 1961 she returned to Cornell to work at the School of Home Economics. In 1963 she moved to the Dryden Central School District to be the School Lunch Manager for the district until she was appointed the Director of Food Service for the Ithaca City School District. She retired in 1988. During retirement she served on the Board of Directors of Foodnet, Meals on Wheels, the SUNY Morrisville Food Service Administration and the McGraw House Ladies Union Benevolent Society where she was president for three years. She was a member of The First Congregational Church. Shirley is survived by her husband of sixty-five years, James S. Ainslie Jr., 309 McGraw House, Ithaca, NY and her four children and their families. Susan H. Ainslie, Ithaca, NY and her children Alexander B. Smith, Madrid, NY and his son Tanner J. Smith and Andrew L. Smith (Stephanie M. Smith), Glenville, NY, and their son Cameron M. Smith. Mary A. Dauber (Gregory J. Bilinski), Ithaca, NY and her children Brig A. Dauber and Mackenzie S. Dauber, Boston, MA, and step grandchildren Jessica E. and Andrew R. Bilinski, Wilmington, NC. James S. Ainslie III and his children Abbie R. Ainslie and Tucker B. Ainslie, Ithaca, NY, Katherine A. Zanella (David Zanella), Columbia, SC and their son Milo C. Zanella, and Morgan J. Ainslie, McLean, VA. Robert H. Ainslie (Judy L. Singer) and their son Robert L. Ainslie, Ithaca, NY. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, February 18, 2012 at 2:00 pm at The First Congregational Church, 309 Highland Road, Ithaca, NY. Interment will be in the family plot in Hayts Cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family requests that gifts in Shirley's memory be presented to Beechtree Care Center, 318 South Albany Street, Ithaca, NY. Bangs Funeral Home will be assisting the family.

Published in Ithaca Journal on Jan. 26, 2012
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