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Mary Jane Ashbaugh

November 11, 1922 — May 18, 2024


Mary Jane (Moore) Ashbaugh was born in the Roaring Twenties in Rose, Oklahoma on the 11th of November in 1922. She entered the other side of eternity on the 18th of May, 2024 at the home of her daughter, where she resided the previous seven years.

As a young lady Mary had a brief marriage that blessed her with her daughter, Cula. After World War II, Mary met and married William “Bill” James Ashbaugh, they were married until his death in 1984.  She remained a widow the last four decades of her life.

She and Bill moved around a bit after the war looking for jobs. They lived in Mullen, Idaho, Port Angeles, Washington, Tulsa, Oklahoma and Rico, Colorado (not necessarily in that order). Finally settling on a farm south of Cortez, Colorado. She owned and operated the Cowboy Café on an adjacent parcel next to the farm. Mary was a faithful volunteer with the Auxiliary gift shop at Southwest Memorial Hospital. Serving for 45 years, the longest service of any volunteer at the gift shop.

Being a year and half over a century, Mary was preceded in death by all seven of her siblings; and a host of other family and friends.

Surviving Mary are daughter Cula (Bud) Garner of Cortez, two granddaughters, Deana (Jim) Wilson of Cortez, and Penny (Dave) Fury of Dove Creek, Colorado, many great and great-great grandchildren.

A funeral service for Mary Jane (Moore) Ashbaugh will be held at Ertel’s Memorial Chapel at 11:00 o’clock in the morning on May 24, 2024 with internment to follow at the Cortez Cemetery.  Jim Wilson, Dave Fury, Don Moore, Richie Knauss will be assisting the family as honorary pall bearers.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of Montezuma, in the memory of Mary.

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