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Rosemary Ainsworth

d. October 21, 2023


Rosemary Ainsworth passed away on October 21, 2023, in Terry, MS. She was born in East Dereham, England on November 4, 1935 to her parents, Freddie Watkins and Ivy May Codman Watkins.

Rosemary's life was filled with grace and passion as she twirled across the dance floor as a professional ballroom dancer.  Throughout her career as a ballroom dancer, Rosemary won numerous awards, showcasing her immense talent and dedication to her craft. Her rhythmic movements and elegant footwork earned her the admiration of both fellow dancers and audiences alike.

Aside from her dancing career, Rosemary had many other interests that brought her immense happiness. She was particularly fond of painting, finding solace in each brushstroke as she transformed a blank canvas into a work of art. Her green thumb led her to develop a deep love for gardening which allowed her to nurture vibrant flowers and create serene outdoor spaces.  Rosemary's creative spirit extended further into the realm of sewing and knitting. With each stitch carefully placed, she crafted beautiful garments that adorned herself and those around her with warmth and love in each thread and needle, 

One memory that will forever remain in the hearts of those who knew Rosemary is her adoration for her beloved cat, "Miss Kitty." Their loyal companionship brought comfort and laughter during both ordinary days and difficult times. Miss Kitty became much more than a pet; she became an irreplaceable member of the family.

Rosemary's proudest accomplishments were not solely limited to the dance floor. Alongside her husband Earl Donald Ainsworth, she received various service awards from White House Communication for their dedicated work together. Their unwavering commitment showcased their generosity and compassion towards others.

Rosemary is preceded in death by her beloved husband of 56 years, Earl Donald Ainsworth, who stood by her side throughout their journey together. Additionally, she is preceded by her brother Charlie Watkins and sister Sylvia Able.

Rosemary's memory will be cherished by her daughter Julie Burkett (William) and her two sons, Jerry Ainsworth (Pam) and Gary Ainsworth (Kris). She is also survived by her brother, Raymond John Watkins and sisters, Phyllis Eve Annis and Margaret Watkins. Furthermore, Rosemary leaves behind a legacy of love through her twelve grandchildren and seventeen great-grandchildren.

Rosemary touched the lives of countless individuals with her graceful moves, kind heart, and unwavering dedication. She will be remembered as a remarkable ballroom dancer, an avid artist, a nurturing gardener, and a loving companion. Her spirit lives on in the hearts of all who were fortunate enough to have known her. 

The family will have a private service to honor her memory on October 31st.

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