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Marie W. Ailes, owned school of dance

Marie W. Ailes, a former Macclenny resident, died March 12, 2013 in Orange Park. She was a Baptist and a member of the American Ballroom Dance Association and the Jacksonville Ballroom Dance Association. For many years she owned and operated the Maria Douglas School of Ballroom Dance, and she studied under many teachers including two in Havana, Cuba learning Latin Dance. She danced in exhibitions on television, in private clubs and in many public dance shows, contributing her time and money to fund raising for many charities. In later years she devoted her time to her large and scattered family.

She was the beloved wife of the late Robert L. Ailes of Macclenny and the daughter of Effie O. and Frank Willis of Gainesville. She is survived by daughters Jacqueline S. Woolington (Kaye) of Augusta,GA, and Rebecca D. Morris of Jacksonville; grandsons Kaye F. Woolington Jr. (Deborah), of Columbia, SC, Andrew Z. Woolington of Augusta, GA and John D. Woolington (Katherine) of Camden, SC; granddaughters Jacqueline M. Clinton (Dale) and Aimee R. Wiggins, both of Jacksonville; 13 great- grandchildren.

A graveside service will be held at Woodlawn Cemetery in Macclenny, and a private family service at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the charity of your choice. Guerry Funeral Home of Macclenny is in charge of arrangements.

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