Winifred's Story

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Winifred Joycelyn (Blissett) Ashmore, age 84, of Traverse City, passed peacefully away early Sunday, Aug. 13, 2017. She was born Aug. 19, 1932 in Rapid City to Ira and Katherine Blissett and raised on the family farm with her 10 siblings. Winnie enjoyed her childhood on the farm and remained close to her sisters and brothers throughout her life.
Winnie graduated from Williamsburg High School in 1950.
She married her high school sweetheart, Lyle Ashmore, on Jan. 20, 1951 at the parsonage in Williamsburg, and together they had four children.
Winnie loved her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, attending baseball games and camping with them. She also loved reading, crocheting, sewing and working puzzles. She adored a good yard sale, collecting many treasures over the years, and attended the Buckley Old Engine Show every year.
Winnie is survived by her children, Cheryl (Tom) Olds, Craig (Sally) Ashmore and Christopher (Terry) Ashmore; son-in-law, Mike Eagle; grandchildren, Aaron (Nicole) Olds, Justin (Annie) Olds, Sarah (Troy) Sherman, Rebecca Eagle (Jason), Melana (Joe) Burman, Jeremiah (Stacey) Eagle, Thaddeus Eagle, Jacob (Stephanie) Eagle, Zachariah (Meghan) Eagle, Brian Thorson, Lyle (Jess) Ashmore, Logan Ashmore and Dillon (Brittany) Ashmore; 19 great-grandchildren; sisters, Theo Evertt, Anna Keough, Charlotte Drake and Mary Jane Dechow; and brother, Leroy Blissett.
She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Lyle; her daughter, Cynthia; her sisters, DeVota, Rosaline and Wilemena; and her brothers, Frank and Clark.
Visitation will take place both Thursday, Aug. 17, 2017 and Friday, Aug. 18, 2017, from 5 to 7 p.m., at Covell Funeral Home in Kingsley. The funeral service will be on Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017, at 11 a.m., at the funeral home, with burial immediately following at Williamsburg Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to The Villa at Traverse Point, 2828 Concord St., Traverse City, MI 49684.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Covell Funeral Home of Kingsley.
Published on August 16, 2017
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