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West Resthaven Funeral Home & Resthaven Park Cemetery

6450 West Northern Ave, Glendale, AZ

OBITUARY

Colleen Christensen Ashton

March 28, 1939January 6, 2020

Our sweet mother and grandmother, Colleen Christensen Ashton, passed away suddenly on January 6, 2020, at the age of 80. She leaves a legacy of love and Christ-like service that stands as a great example for family and friends.

Colleen was born in Salt Lake City, UT on March 28, 1939, to Walter and Evelyn Christensen. Her family resided in Holladay and then moved to the Avenues of Salt City. When in high school, she lived with her sister and her family, so she could attend Olympus High, graduating in 1957. Colleen attended LDS Business College. She married her sweetheart, David Claude Ashton in Salt Lake, UT on July 10, 1959. They were sealed together on Oct. 15, 1960, in the Los Angeles LDS temple.

David and Colleen settled in Phoenix. They raised their 8 children with dedicated love and lessons of service. Their 5 sons were all Eagle Scouts and all her children have been successful in life. Colleen babysat many other children over the years in her home. The Ashton home on Cavalier Drive was always open to others and full of fun and love.

Colleen was resilient and happy, even when faced with hard things in life. After the sudden passing of her husband in 1988, she returned to college at the age of 49 and earned a degree in nursing. Colleen worked for many years at Thunderbird Hospital as a postpartum nurse. She was a breast cancer survivor. One of the greatest challenges Colleen faced was the death of two of her sons. Her love of family and faith in Jesus Christ helped her endure these many challenges.

Colleen’s dedication to helping others was a great example to all of us. Baby blankets, crocheted scarfs, and gifts of handmade crafts were always meticulously created for family and friends for special occasions. After retiring, she began making baby caps for the newborn unit. Colleen and her church friends made over 50,000 newborn caps over the last 10 years. She loved to stamp and make handmade cards and created thousands of them. Colleen was active and serving others right up to the end of her life. We will miss her smile.

Colleen was preceded in death by her beloved husband, David Claude Ashton, her sons, David Kent Ashton and Michael Aaron Ashton, and her brother, Scott Christensen. She is survived by her sister, Helen Clayton, her children, Claudia, Debbie (Brian) Brooksby, Paul (Addie), James (Tanya), Kathleen (Bob) Keiner, and Mark (Cindi) and her daughters-in-law, Marci Ashton and Debra (Jeff) Duke. Colleen is also survived by 40 wonderful grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren, and a large extended family that she adored. More than anything, she loved to spend time with her family and tried to attended as many of their special occasions as possible - graduations, baby blessings, school plays and ball games. Colleen had a Christ-like love for those around her and loved her family fiercely. She will be greatly missed by her family, extended family, and many dear friends that had such a great love for her.

A viewing will be held Friday, January 17, 2020 from 6-8 pm at West Resthaven Funeral Home, 6450 W. Northern Avenue, Glendale, AZ. Funeral Services will be held on Saturday, January 18, 2020, at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 4901 W. Union Hills Drive, Glendale. A viewing will be held from 10-10:45 am, and the services will begin at 11 am. Colleen will be laid to rest at Resthaven Park Cemetery.

Services

PREVIOUS SERVICES:

  • Viewing Friday, January 17, 2020
  • Viewing Saturday, January 18, 2020
  • Funeral Services Saturday, January 18, 2020

OTHER SERVICES:

  • Interment

Memories

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Kate Malay Nelson

January 15, 2020

Oh how I love this woman! My life has been profoundly blessed by her. As a teenager having sleepovers at her home, sometimes all of us girls climbing in bed with her, baking in her kitchen, getting ready for dances at her house, watching Mike tease her by holding her nose, calling her for countless rides which she never declined to help, being our Girls Camp Cabin Mom, her telling us Herman would protect us while watching scary movies (only to have him dart out from under the chair at the most suspenseful part), and countless other memories - my life is filled with them. My mother was blessed by her friendship, helping each other through the darkest of days, and us through ours as my mother passed. Colleen loved and served with laughter and a smile all while reserving judgment. Her legacy is one of love and understanding and it will continue to on for generations to come. Sending our love to all who love her.

Stacy Willis Black

January 14, 2020

What a blessing to know your mom for these 55+years! Not only has my mom been blessed by her close friendship, but I have been blessed by her counsel and advice and love and kindness over the years. I always admired her ability to not only care for and love your large family, but countless others she babysat, and the rest of us who wandered in and out of your home! So many memories through all the years, including recent phone calls and visits. Always filled with energy and strength as well as concern for others. Much love to you all as you celebrate a life well lived.

Randy Stinnett

January 13, 2020

Growing up in 26th Ward in Phoenix West Stake meant that you knew the Ashtons and you had been helped by their family. Whether it was the Saturday Night Dances, or super event trips to Colorado, the Ashtons were a part of our lives. Sister Ashton was always kind and generous. The Cavalier families in the ward were the best ones of all. Brother/Bishop Ashton always had a smile and a challenge, and Sister Ashton complimented him and made him look good. Thank you Sister Ashton for sharing your family with us. From the Stinnett family, we send hugs and prayers to your family for comfort.

Linda A Childers

January 11, 2020

Dave and Colleen were such good people. I think my father, Hardt Hinton, consider Dave Ashton one of his very best friends. But isn't that the way The Ashtons' would make you feel? No matter who you were, you were their very best friend. I know there is a sweet reunion in Heaven right now.

HughLene Workman

January 11, 2020

I remember when your family came to our hamburger fries at our house and you dad always brought home made green pineapple ice cream. We always enjoyed your family. Love HughLene

Connie Pitts (Marcum)

January 11, 2020

What wonderful childhood memories I have of this sweet, loving woman. I know her amazing children will miss her terribly. I know my mom welcomed her to heaven with open arms. I love you all dearly and I'm sending you strength. 💜

Susan Jones Brown

January 10, 2020

Growing up on Cavalier Drive was wonderful with neighbors like Dave and Colleen Ashton. Colleen has such a beautiful spirit and a kind and caring heart. My first thought upon hearing of her passing was I was so happy for her to see Dave again. What a joyful reunion they are having! I’m so sorry for the family left behind, I know you all will miss her so much.

Mark Wakefield

January 10, 2020

I remember Colleen would drive us to do the toilet papering of members of the 26 ward houses. We were young teen angers At Halloween time. She always had a good attitude and a smile for everyone and everything. She and Dave would welcome everyone into their home. Good memories of their whole family. What a great family to be a part of. All the best to the Ashton’s. Hope all are well.

Mark McComb

January 10, 2020

Colleen Ashton is a singular individual who leaves a legacy of profoundly influencing her posterity and countless people who have been blessed by her love. Colleen and Dave Ashton and their amazing family were angels of love, support, acceptance and good food to me growing up. Colleen and the Ashton family were my second home while I grieved and adjusted to the passing of my father while I was a teen. My love and sympathy is extended to the wonderful Ashton family as they grieve the passing of their Mother/Grandmother. My thoughts and prayers are with you as you reflect and celebrate the life lived greatly of your matriarch.

Rondi McGill

January 10, 2020

It was so easy to get to know and love Colleen. She made me feel like we had known each other forever when we first moved into the ward. She had a way of making people feel like each and every one is her best friend. Colleen was fun to be around and she told it like it was. One of my favorite memories was being in her home at Christmas time, seeing her Christmas village, and listening to her talk about it.

We know where she is and what a happy and joyous reunion there was. Nevertheless, there is an empty place in our hearts now. Our thoughts and prayers are with you out here in NC.

FROM THE FAMILY