Evelyn Ashe

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Evelyn M. Ashe

SALISBURY - Evelyn M. (Girouard) Ashe, 95, of Salisbury, died June 30, 2014, at Novant Health Rowan Medical Center after a brief illness.

She was born April 12, 1919, in Leominster, Mass., to the late A. Robert and Laura E. (McCaffrey) Girouard. She was predeceased by her husband, Martin M. Ashe; her son-in-law, Patrick M. Vallandingham; and her grandson, Allen M. Vallandingham.

She graduated from Leominster High School and met her future husband at DuPont in Leominster. From there the couple moved to Joliet, Ill., Charleston, W.Va., and, in retirement, to Naples, Fla.

As a young homemaker, she was busy with dressmaking for herself and her daughters, gardening and, a bit later, chauffeuring her young daughters around. She was active at St. Anthony Catholic Church, Girl Scouts and was an award-winning amateur photographer.

Later she worked at The Diamond Department Store in Charleston, W.Va., and then became an LPN, enjoying a rewarding and interesting career at Charleston General Hospital.

With the move to Naples, she loved to walk the beaches with Martin and paint those beautiful scenes in oil. In widowhood, she moved to Salisbury and added a busy email correspondence to her frequent letter writing.

She leaves two daughters, Ann Vallandingham of Salisbury and Evelyn (Rene) Benoit of Rockland, Ontario; one sister, Doris Sideleau of Leominster, Mass.; grandchildren Scott (Andrea) Vallandingham of Matthews, Laura (Ray) Storey of Salisbury, Robert (Michele) Zerbe of Vail, Ari., Matthew, Anne Marie and Mark (Jess) Benoit, all of Ottawa, Ontario; great-grandchildren, Jesse and Patrick Reaves, Kara Vallandingham, Nicole Vallandingham, Riley and Mason Zerbe and Mia Benoit; and great-granddaughter, Braelyn.

A Memorial service will be held at a later date.

The family wishes to thank Autumn Care of Salisbury, especially Mom's special angels, for the loving care given to her.

Summersett Funeral Home is serving the Ashe family. Online condolences may be made at www.summersettfuneral.com
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Published in Salisbury Post on July 2, 2014