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Bertha A. Ainsworth

Bertha A. Ainsworth, age 61, of Wall, died Wednesday, September 12, 2007, at the Rapid City Regional Hospital.

Services were held Monday, September 17, at the Evangelical Free Bible Church in Wall, with Pastor Ron Burtz officiating.

Music was provided by Carol Hahn, organist, and Pastor Ron Burtz, vocalist. Usher was Jim Barber. Pallbearers were Frank and Jerry Smyle, Richard Thomas, Wade Geigle, George Ginsbach and Steve Blowers.

Interment followed at the Boneita Springs Cemetery, nine miles south of Enning. Arrangements were with the Rush Funeral Chapel of Wall.

Bertha A. Syers was born January 24, 1946, at Munising, MI, the daughter of Oatis and Lilllie (Overturf) Syers. Her father worked for the railroad and they made their home in many states before moving to western South Dakota.

Bertha was united in marriage to Carl Ainsworth on October 5, 1962, in Sturgis. They made their home in the northern Black Hills until the mid 1990s, when they moved to Wall.

While in Wall, she worked as a cook for the Elkton House Restaurant for several years. After her husband Carl's death on October 3, 2000, she continued to reside in Wall. She then worked as a clerk at the Wildlife Wax Museum until August 5, 2007.

She enjoyed reading, crocheting, and tending to her flower gardens, but was especially fond of her two cats, Harry and Gabby, which she treasured very much.

Grateful for having shared her life include three daughters, Angy Smyle and her husband, Frank, of Rapid City, Evelyn Borko and her husband, Dan "Ed", of Elemendorf Air Force Base, AK, and Carla Ainsworth of California; one son, Everett Ainsworth of Wall; seven grandchildren, Sheshawn Wilkes, Paul and Jacob Borko, Madison Smyle, Elizabeth Ainsworth, Cole Ainsworth, and Nathan Woods; one sister, Rosetta West and her friend, Richard Thomas, of Rapid City; and a host of other relatives and friends.

In addition to her husband Carl, Bertha was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Glenn Syers.

In lieu of flowers a memorial has been established to the Humane Society of the Black Hills.