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Colchester - Alice Ashton, 91, passed away peacefully on Feb. 28, 2014, at home in Colchester. She was predeceased by her husband of 65 years, James Frederick Ashton.

Alice was born in Morecambe, England, on April 22, 1922.

Alice and Fred were married on Feb. 8, 1946, in England, and came to America shortly thereafter. Initially living in New Jersey for a few years, they settled into their longtime residence of Giants Neck Heights in Niantic in 1956.

Over the years, Alice had worked at Electric Boat in Groton, John Meyers in Norwich, and Scott's Garden Center in East Lyme.

Alice and her husband were ardent gardeners. Their home and yard were admired by family, friends, visitors, neighbors, and passers-by alike. Alice was a talented seamstress, making anything from her daughter's clothes, Halloween costumes, curtains, and furniture covers. The list was endless. She also crocheted, knitted, did needlepoint, and spent many hours doing crafts, a passion she passed along to her daughter.

Alice's greatest accomplishment was being a loving mother to her children, Pamela and Clifford, and a dedicated and loving wife to her husband, Fred. Alice's love for her family was boundless. She was warm-hearted and befriended by all who met her.

In her last year of life, she ventured out to join the Red Hat Society with her close friends and caretakers, Roxanne Daimler and Judy Scalora. We shall ever be indebted to them, as well as Linda Larson and Daryl Dinger (who fondly called her "Mom") for spending many hours taking our mother on short expeditions, playing Scrabble, cards, and other activities.

Alice is survived by her sister,Vera Hamilton of Niantic (formerly of Queens, N.Y.), son, Clifford James Ashton; his wife, Teri; their children, Jeffrey and Haley Ashton of East Lyme; daughter, Pamela Ashton and her partner, Michael Plecan, of Colchester; and niece, Jeannette Brodeur and her family of Terryville.

Our heartfelt thanks go to both Dr. Setu Vora and Dr. Catherine E. Hylwa for their support and compassion in their care of our mother over the last few years.

A memorial service will be held at 6:15 p.m. on Friday, March 7, at Fulton-Theroux Funeral Home, 13 Lake Ave., Niantic. Family visitation will take place between 5 and 6:15 p.m. there prior to the service.

Please visit www.fultontherouxniantic.com for photos, tributes, directions, and more service information.

Alice's burial will take place at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to the Center for Hospice Care Southeast Connecticut, 227 Dunham St., Norwich, CT 06360.
Published in The Day on Mar. 5, 2014
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