Erma L. Ainsworth

May 30th, 2014

Erma L. (Whittier) Ainsworth, age 92, of Stoneham, formerly of Natick and Somerville, died peacefully surrounded by her loving family on May 29, 2014.
Erma was born on June 19, 1921, in Somerville, MA; she was the dear daughter of the late John Otto and Helen (Munroe) Whittier. Erma was raised and educated in Somerville; and part of a large, close nit family. Following her graduation from Somerville High School, Erma went on to earn her degree as a Registered Nurse from New England Baptist Nursing School.
Erma enlisted in the United States Army during World War II and went into active duty on April 19, 1943. Erma served overseas during World War II as an operating room nurse with the 136th Station Hospital European Theatre. Erma’s excellent nursing skills and her endless compassion for her fellow soldiers made her a favorite amongst her peers. Erma herself was injured during a combat situation, but she never thought of her own injuries she just continued to help others. Erma was honorably discharged as a First Lieutenant on December 21, 1945; returning home to her family in Somerville.
Erma married Paul J. Ainsworth on November 23, 1946, and the couple spent many great years’ together and raised two wonderful children. Erma cherished her role as a mother and grandmother; she was always there for her family with unconditional love and devotion. Erma and Paul moved to Natick where they raised their children and were very active in the community, and their church.
Prior to retiring, Erma was employed as a Registered Nurse at the Newton Wellesley Hospital for 30 years. Erma loved to take care of people; she was kind, understanding, and most of all compassionate to the needs of others. Erma also spent many years volunteering for several Hospice organizations where she was instrumental in helping others pass away as comfortably as they could and with the dignity they deserved. Erma’s kindness also overflowed to the families that were going through a difficult time and to help them transition with the loss of a loved one.
Erma and Paul retired to Bay Indies in Venice, Florida, where they made lots of friends over the years. They always got together for coffee, conversation, to play cards, especially canasta, and enjoy each other’s company. Following the death of her husband in 1996, Erma returned to Massachusetts and settled in Stoneham where she could be closer to her family.
Erma was a woman of great faith and an active member of the First Baptist Church of Stoneham. Erma was very involved in her Bible Study groups and she spent countless hours visiting fellow members of the church who were home bound. Erma loved to read religious novels and share them with others and she was a faithful follower of Billy Graham.
In her spare time, Erma loved to read, do crossword puzzles, and spend time with her sisters and her family. Erma also loved to follow Boston sports especially the Bruins, who were her favorite. Erma took in countless card games with her family and friends. Erma also enjoyed the many trips that the family took over the years; making lots of memories to be shared for years to come.
Erma will be fondly remembered for her unselfishness, her ability to put others first, and for her “open door” policy at her home where everyone was welcomed and treated like family. Erma was known as a hard worker, very giving, and most of all loving; she was quite a lady who will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her.
Erma was the beloved wife of the late Paul J. Ainsworth, devoted mother of Paul J. Ainsworth and his fiancé Laura Silver of Stoughton and Ellen Hitchins and her husband Robert of Wilmington, loving grandmother of Lauren and Lisa Hitchins, cherished daughter of the late John O. and Helen (Munroe) Whittier, dear sister of Eleanor French of Stoneham, Jean Cowan of Florida, the late Herbert Whittier, George Whittier, Lawrence Whittier, and Lois Clark. Erma is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
Erma’s family will receive people on Saturday, June 7th at 10:15 a.m. in the First Baptist Church of Stoneham, 457 Main St., Stoneham, immediately followed by a Memorial Service at 11:00 a.m. In lieu of flowers donations in Erma’s memory may be made to a Charity of your Choice. Arrangements under the direction of the Nichols Funeral Home, Wilmington.


5 Entries in Guest Book for “Erma L. Ainsworth”

  1. Mildred L.Blackmore says:

    I moved into Leisure Lane in 1999,from the first time I met Erma I knew she was someone I wanted to get to know.I enjoyed listening to her and enjoyed our talks in good weather sitting on the bench in the shade of a tree.We would take a walk around the building a few times then sit and chat.I knew she was interested in sports teams,she would tell me she needed to go in the Red Sox were coming on.She had many friends at our apt complex and throughout Stoneham. She will be missed dearly.

  2. Artie Clark says:

    We will all miss Auntie Erma for sure. She was an amazing and beautiful lady, a true reflection of our God’s love. I will always remember the Sunday rides to Natick with the family to spend the afternoon together. Erma was a blessing to anyone who knew her, may she now rest in peace after a beautiful life.

  3. The Ciampa Family says:

    Dear Ellen, Robert, Lauren and Lisa,

    We are so sorry to hear of Erma’s passing. She was a great lady. We will be thinking about you through this difficult time.

  4. Jane Goldstein says:

    Heavy hearts all around today Bucky and Ellen. My aunt was the luckiest woman in the world because of the love of her two children. She was never alone and I want to thank you both for that,I loved her. She is now resting in peace with all that left her too soon,one being my mother…together again! She is in the arms of Love all around her. Remember we the Clark family are right next to you always,never feel alone,we are you both, cousin Janie ????

  5. Glen Perley says:

    Paul, we are so sorry to here of the loss of your Mom. You & your family are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Talk to you soon.
    Glen & Doreen Perley

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