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Juanita C. Ainsley

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Juanita C. Ainsley Obituary
I was fortunate to live a long, relatively healthy life, beginning January 13, 1938 and just now ending. My parents were Dencil and Rhoda Ainsley. I grew up in Virginia and have lived in many different states since then, the longest in Colorado. I have had several careers, as an occupational therapist, a psychologist and pursued an avocation as a painter.
The greatest passions of my life, the highest and the lowest, were the birth and then the untimely death of my remarkable son, David.
The guiding force of my life has been the relentless search for truth. My life and work have been a never-ending discovery of the human capacity to experience tragedy and grief and to emerge stronger for it. Art, especially visual art, and nature have provided the important esthetics in my life.
I hope that I have managed to do more good than harm in my efforts to help others. I get some pleasure in the realization that there is a kind of immortality when helpful influences ripple through the lives and relationships of others.
Published in The Durango Herald on May 29, 2018
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