Alma Irene Ashford, 88, of Rosiclare, Illinois went to be with the Lord on Saturday, November 25, 2017. She was born on March 2, 1929, in the Peters Creek community to James Marion and Mary Marie (Swaggirt) Lowry. Alma’s parents died when she was very young and she was raised by her Uncle Henry Lowry and Grandfather Frank Swaggirt. She was married to Charles Wayne Ashford and they had eight children.
Alma was a member of the Rosiclare General Baptist Church. She was a homemaker and a long-time baby-sitter. She took care of many children over the years. She was an avid reader and had a fondness for poetry. She enjoyed gardening and puttering around outside. Later in life she especially enjoyed going on little jaunts with her son, David. She was a lifetime member of Woodmen of the World. Alma always felt that she was blessed with a large family and friends.
Survivors include her sons, Dewayne (Betty) Ashford and David Ashford, daughters, Mary Ann (Jeff) Bishop, Rosalie (Steve) Tolbert, Sherry (Larry) Paskon, Joyce (Jimmy) Spivey, and Ladonna (Russell) Hall, 19 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren, 2 great-great grandchildren as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins.
She is preceded in death by her parents, James Marion and Mary Marie (Swaggirt) Lowry; her husband, Charles Wayne Ashford; her son, Weldon Deneen Ashford; and her sister, Edna Marie Lowry Price.
She will be sadly missed by her children, grandchildren, family and friends.
Hardin County Funeral Services was in charge of arrangements. Visitation was held on Tuesday, November 28, 2017, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home. The funeral service was held at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 29, 2017. Family received visitors from noon until time of service at the funeral home. Rev. Lowell “Butch” Gowins officiated the services. Burial followed at Peters Creek Cemetery.
I would like the memory of me
To be a happy one.
I would like to leave an afterglow
Of smiles when life is done.
I would like to leave an echo
Whispering softly down the ways,
Of happy times and laughing times
And bright and sunny days.
I would like the tears of those who grieve
To dry before the sun,
Of happy memories that I leave
When life on this earth is done.
Card of Thanks
The family of Alma Ashford would like to extend our heartfelt thank you to everyone for the love and concern we received during the passing of our beloved Mother, Grandmother and Great Grandmother.
Thank you to everyone for the prayers, cards, food, gifts, flowers and phone calls. A special thank you to Rev. Lowell “Butch” Gowins for officiating the service, Donna Cullum for playing the piano, and the Rosiclare General Baptist Church and the Rosiclare First Baptist Church for the wonderful meal that was prepared for the family. Words cannot express how grateful we are for all the kindnesses shown to our family.
The Family of Alma Ashford