Mary Joyce ASHTON

August 15, 1922February 14, 2017

ASHTON, Mary Joyce 94, passed away on February 14, 2017 in Tucson, AZ. She was a daughter of Peter H. Beck and Emma A. Johnson Beck from Royal, Iowa. Mary was a 1944 graduate of Kahler Nursing School in Rochester, Minnesota. On June 20, 1946, she married Russell R. Bowling, a United States Air Force pilot. Russell was killed in an aviation accident in 1956. Mary later became very active in the Gold Star Wives, holding many positions. Mary married Eric Ashton on November 22, 1959. They were later divorced. Her passion was playing contract bridge and achieved Life Master. Mary also loved to travel visiting every state in the US and many foreign countries. Her love of her church and the many friends she had there was a treasure for her. Mary was predeceased by her oldest son, Robert L. Bowling, her parents and three brothers. She is survived by her daughter, Rebecca J. Bowling (Dallas R. Stone), son, George F. Ashton (Sandy) and son, Jack S. Ashton; sister, Doris J. Hausmann; 10 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. Funeral arrangements will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, February 17, 2017 at Desert Skies Methodist Church, 3255 N. Houghton Rd, Tucson, AZ 85749.


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February 23, 2017

To the family of Mary Joyce Ashton, I am so sorry for your loss. I am sure you will miss her dearly. Please find comfort in knowing one day we will see our loved ones again. John 6:40. Matthew 5:5.

David Weaver

February 21, 2017

What a beautiful person! I will never forget her. My thoughts and prayers are with her family.

s p

February 20, 2017

May the God of all comfort strengthen the entire family during this time of sorrow. Those who pass on, God keeps in his memory because they are precious in his eyes. (Psalms 116:15) My sincerest sympathy

Dave and Marty Chakmakian

February 19, 2017

So sorry for your loss. The Tucson bridge community will miss Mary.

February 17, 2017

I am so sorry for the loss of your loved one. Please find peace and comfort in Psalms 119:76.

Ada McArthur

February 15, 2017

My dear Mary was my special friend, in Gold Star Wives and personally. A special woman has left us with loving memories.

February 15, 2017

I am so sorry for your family's loss. I hope your memories and family and friends will comfort you at this time of grief. (Jeremiah 29:11)