Eileen Ashton


Mrs. Eileen Ashton, 96, wife of the late Eugene G. Ashton Sr. and a resident of Painter, passed away Monday, March 1, 2021, at Commonwealth Senior Living at the Eastern Shore, Onancock. Born in New London, Conn., and raised in Langhorne, Pa., she married and raised her family in Bensalem, Pa., prior to moving to Painter.

Eileen was the daughter of the late Paul C. Leonhauser and the late Margaret Burke Leonhauser and was a member of Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, Onancock, and was a U.S. Navy Reservist serving during World War II. Eileen was a homemaker who had worked at Villager Inc. in Bensalem after her children were grown. She loved crocheting and gardening and is remembered by her family as always sending cards for everyone’s birthday or wedding anniversary, making baby blankets for charities and other worthy causes, doing all kinds of puzzle books, and volunteering with the sewing group at senior care centers on the Eastern Shore.

Eileen is survived by her children, Glenn R. Ashton and his wife, Marcy, of Hawley, Pa., Eileen Ashton Courtney and her husband, Charles “Billy,” of Painter, Eugene G. Ashton Jr., of Painter, and Steven E. Ashton and his wife, Elaine, of Hampstead, N.C.; one brother, Walter Leonhauser, and his wife, Diane, of Levittown, Pa.; a sister-in-law, Jeanette Leonhauser, of Levittown; nine grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. In addition to her husband and parents, she was predeceased by three brothers, Col. Paul C. Leonhauser and his wife, Trudy, Robert Leonhauser, and Harry G. “Gigi” Leonhauser and his wife, Laura; and two sisters, Margaret “May” Ridge and her husband, William, and Mary “Shorty” Morrow and her husband, Robert.

A graveside service was held Tuesday, March 9, 2021, at Vandegrift Cemetery, Bensale. Memorial contributions may be made to Kindness Matters Rescue at www.kindnessmattersrescue.org

Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.doughtyfuneralhome.com

Arrangements were made by Doughty Funeral Home in Exmore.
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