Violet Ashton

Beloved mother, grandmother and great grandmother, Violet Ashton, 88, of Medford, Ore., passed away Thursday, June 26, 2008 at her home. "Vi" was born in Dolcey, Alberta, Canada; daughter of Mary Wilhemina Cook, and father, William Thomas Rose, on August 14, 1919, the third of six children. The family moved to the San Francisco/ Oakland Bay area by way of Sand Point, Id. In California, she met and married Ben Ashton of Greenfield, Okla., on October 12, 1940. They moved their growing family to Medford, in 1947. Vi was a short-order cook and waitress for the Bateman's and Olympic cafes, as well as being a hat check girl at the Dreamland Ballroom. Ben passed away in 1985 and Vi continued to work and retired from the SOS Packing House in Medford, Ore., Always an adventuress... even with six kids... she took private flying lessons, loved hunting, camping and fishing, and delighted over her grandchildren and great grandchildren and great children. She also traveled as far east as New York City and south to Australia.

She was preceded in death by two brothers, William and Larry Rose and sisters Fern Mathews and Billie Powers-Rose.

She is survived by her sister, Boots Cook, of Carlsbad, Calif.; and her children, Arthur (Scotty) Scott, of San Diego, Calif., Harold (Jerry) Ashton of New York City, NY., Robert Ashton, of Gold Hill, Ore., Thomas Ashton, of Talent, Ore.; and Annie King, Nancy Kimble, and Linda Ashton, all of Medford, Ore. She was grandmother to fourteen and great-grandmother to nine children.

Services will be held on Monday June 30, 2008, at 2pm at Memory Gardens Chapel on Arnold Lane, Medford, Ore,.