Mary Imogene Ainsworth, former NAU professor, dies at 82

Mary Imogene Ainsworth, a long-time educator at Northern Arizona University, died Dec. 1 in Cottonwood. She was 82.

Mrs. Ainsworth taught home economics at Northern Arizona University and at Coconino High School for 20 years.

Born Feb. 7, 1924, in Durango, Colo., the daughter of William and Mary Deer, she received her bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma A & M and a master’s degree in home economics from Arkansas State Teachers College.

Mrs. Ainsworth was a member of the Federated Church of Flagstaff and the Lutheran Church of the Resurrection.

She is survived by her sons, Chester Ainsworth Jr. of Yucca Valley, Calif., and Kenneth Ainsworth of Flagstaff; eight grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Her husband, Chester B. Ainsworth, preceded her in death.

A memorial service will be at 10 a.m. Dec. 9 at the Cottonwood Village Retirement Center, 201 E. Mingus Ave, Cottonwood, Ariz.

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