In Memory of My Mother Helen Ray Ashton (1928-2012)

So last night my mother passed away, she was 84 years old. She was born June 12, 1928 to John and Elva Regars Ashton. She had two brothers, James “Jimmy” was killed in WWII at the age of 19, and the other, John passed away in 1990, that same year her nephew Jim, John’s son passed away. She married my father Edward Karn in 1947 and I came along in 1951. In 1956 her father died at the age of 58 and her mother passed in 1971. In 1984 my father had a heart attack and passed at the age of 60. Through the years, her devotion to the Beverly Presbyterian Church kept her going, she was a Sunday School teacher for many years and then superintendent of the Sunday School. She was also an Elder and a Deacon and just about anything else she could be. After my father died, she worked at the Joy’s Hallmark in the Burlington Center for several years and at Easy Pour Coffee service in Burlington. After my father passed, my Uncle Kenny and his wife Flo moved in with her and they were a trip, my Uncle passed in 2003 and then my Aunt died unexpetedly in 2006. At the time Flo was taking care of my mom, after she died, Mom went to live at Riverview Estates in Riverton, where she has spent the her last years. I can’t say enough good things about the home and what they did for her, they were terrific from the top down!

Finally, I also can’t say enough about my cousin Donna Ashton, who did so much for her Aunt, way more than one could ask for from a niece and as an only child, I certainly appreciate all she did for my mother and I probably didn’t tell her that often enough!!

Like many family relationship’s, my mom’s and mine, was not always the best, but I know she always loved me and I think she knew that through it all I always loved her!!

I was thinking this morning about a musical connection to today and I really came up blank and then I watched and listen to Rev. Gary Davis pour his heart and soul into this song and you know there’s something comforting in knowing that everybody goes through this and truly “Death don’t have no mercy”

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