Elise Ainsworth was born on December 10, 1920 in Ames, IA. She was the daughter of Joseph and Helen (Rowan) Ainsworth. She attended junior and senior high in Cedar Rapids, IA. In 1943, Elise earned her bachelor?s degree in home economics education from Northern Illinois University. From 1943 until 1949, she taught high school level home economics in Fulton, IL. Upon leaving Fulton, Elise taught at Smart Junior High in Davenport for the next 34 years until her retirement in 1983. She married William Brett in Chicago in 1953. He preceded her in death in 1989. Elise was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Davenport, Alpha Eta Chapter, Delta Kappa Gamma Society (past President), Davenport Area Retired Teachers Association, and was an honorary member of the Davenport Evening Lions Club and Lion Eves.