Ellen Lilar Moore Ashton was born on January 1, 1947 in Washington, D. C. to the late Robert and Lilar Moore. She departed this life on Friday, July 26, 2019 in Jacksonville, Florida.
Ellen was preceded in death by her husband of forty-eight years, Dubois Vance Ashton, Sr. and from this union they had one son, the late Dubois Vance Ashton, Jr.
Ellen’s education began in Washington, D. C. She graduated from the Academy of Notre Dame and went on to excel in a Nursing Career at the Mercy School of Nursing in Baltimore, Md., graduating in 1967. She began her professional career at Providence Hospital and culminated with the Veteran’s Affairs (VAMC). She retired from the Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center in 2011. She had over thirty-five years of total dedicated nursing service.
After retirement, Ellen was able to spend more time pursuing her interests and embarking on the continuation of her volunteer duties. They included Ellen’s passion for the arts (plays), travelling, storytelling adventures, Radio Broadcasting (Voice-over) Parliamentarian procedures, and her Nursing Sorority, Chi Eta Phi, Inc. Ellen also volunteered for a number of organizations including the Women’s Health and Fitness Fairs at the Ebenezer A.M.E Church, Ft. Washington, Md., and as a Docent for the new African American Museum. Ellen was an extremely loving grandmother to her grandson Spencer. She spent endless hours with him from the earliest age. They especially had fun travelling with Ellen’s friend Marcia and her son, Jordan. They spent many joyous hours over their young ages together. Ellen was also a member of several Professional Nursing Organizations, namely the D. C. Nurses Association/American Nurses Association, the National Black Leadership Initiative on Cancer, (Parliamentarian Organization) and the Chi Eta Phi, Inc.
Ellen engaged upon a relationship with Robert Garrison and they moved to Florida in the fall of 2017. Robert was a warm and loving companion and assisted Ellen in her time of need.
Ellen will always be remembered by her family and friends as the jolly soul who was always ready to reach out with a helping hand. If you were a friend of Ellen’s there was never a question about her love and loyalty for you. No matter how things were with her, she would always be there for you. We, her friends and family will sorely miss her.
Ellen leaves to cherish her memory her foster sister, Othella Greenlee, daughter in law Mykelle, grandchildren Spencer and Siarra McCutchen, great grandchildren Robert, Nathan and Kaydence and a host of family and friends.
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