Lois Rider Ainsworth, age 77, passed away on January 11, 2021 due to an assortment of ailments. She was born on January 22, 1943 in Seminole, Texas to Elsie Fulford and Lorene Ferrington. On December 23, 1960, she married James Daniel Rider, who preceded her in death in 2009. In 2014, she married Billie Joe Ainsworth in Jayess, Mississippi.
Lois loved to love on people. No matter what their situation or circumstance, she devoted her life to making a difference. Her occupations included hairdresser, school supervisor, drug and alcohol counselor, and social worker. Even in her final days, she was active as a volunteer at the Bob Hope Village. When asked how she should be remembered, those closest to her would say “she was always there to help and always had a smile on her face.” In 1989 she received her Bachelor of Art in Social Work, her Master of Science in Social Work in 1993, and in 2017 she was recognized as the Bob Hope Village Volunteer of the Year.
Lois is survived by her husband, Bill Ainsworth; her daughter and husband, Sheryl and Clayton French; son and wife, James and Kathy Rider, several brothers and sisters, 10 grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren, and her many nephews and nieces. All of these she loved and touched deeply.
An intimate family graveside service will be conducted at 10:30 a.m. on January 14, 2021 at the Beal Memorial Cemetery, Fort Walton Beach, Florida.
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