Mary B. (Smith) Ashcraft
June 30, 1921 – May 3, 2020
Mary B. Ashcraft, 98, of Springfield, formerly of Seattle, WA, passed away at her home, Sunday, May 3, 2020 at 8:06 am with her loving nephew and family by her side. Mary was born in Springfield, IL June 30, 1921 the daughter of William Washington and Ann (Duch) Smith. Mary and her sister Frances were small children when their mother passed away. As was necessary at that time, she and Frances were raised in an orphanage. This created a sibling bond that would forever be strong and devoted between the sisters. Mary met and married Millard F. Ashcraft. They moved to Seattle Washington where Millard joined the staff of Washington University. After Millard’s death, Frances, Mary’s sister moved to Washington to care for Mary. Mary moved back to Springfield with Frances, as Frances health began to decline and she wanted to be back with her son and family in Springfield. Frances passed away. Frances son, John Pettijohn, Mary’s nephew, continued to care for Mary in his home until she passed away on Sunday. Mary retired from Arden Rehabilitation and Healthcare in Seattle after serving there is food service to the residents for many years. Mary and Millard loved to travel in their motorhome, often times accompanied by her nephew John. Mary’s wishes for cremation rites will be accorded by the Bisch Crematory. She will be inurned at the Acacia Memorial Park in Seattle WA.