Aletta Bernice Wheeler Ashcroft, 80, passed away in Las Cruces, N.M., on Jan. 28, 2014. She was born to Wilford Wheeler and Ida Hunt Wheeler on August 27, 1933, at Waterflow, N.M. She was married on Sept. 11, 1954, to Clyde Sterling Ashcroft. Children born to the marriage were Ronald Karl, Annette Marie, Bernice, Cynthia, Sheryl, Sterling. She is survived by her husband Clyde S. Ashcroft, Ronald Karl Ashcroft (Christine), Annette Marie Ashcroft, Bernice Arater (Charles), Cynthia Steele (Brian), Sheryl Ashcroft, Sterling Ashcroft (April), 25 grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren. She is preceded in death by granddaughter, Emily Ashcroft, parents Wilford and Ida Wheeler, siblings and spouses: Rose and Kenneth Washburn, Ethel and Eugene Cardon, and Lloyd and Mary Wheeler. Pallbearers will be H. Brant Ashcroft, Jared M. Ashcroft, Ty Narbona Ashcroft-Bitsilly, Kadence Q. Steele, Brandon L. Ashcroft, D. Schuyler Talsma, Andrew R. Kiskaden, Christopher TA Lowe, Jacob M. Dowling. Services are to be held on Saturday, Feb. 1 at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2915 E. Idaho Ave., Las Cruces NM 88005, a viewing (family prayer) is to begin at noon and the service will follow at 1 p.m. Services are to be officiated by Bishop Daniel Payne. Interment will be Monday at Fort Bliss National Cemetery, El Paso, TX at 2 p.m. Funeral services are entrusted to La Paz-Grahams Funeral Home.
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Published in Las Cruces Sun-News on Jan. 31, 2014