Jean R. (Thayer) Ashton

September 5, 1926 ~ June 5, 2016 (age 89)


LEOMINSTER---Jean Robinson (Thayer) Ashton of Leominster, and most recently of River Court in West Groton, passed away on June 5, 2016 following a short illness at the Life Care Center of Littleton.

Jean was born in Groton and raised on Westfield Farm, the daughter of Margaret J. and Weston C. Thayer. She graduated from Groton High School, where she served as both a Co-Captain and Captain on the women’s basketball team. Jean enlisted in the U. S. Cadet Nurse Corps, graduating from the Leominster Hospital School of Nursing in 1947 as a Registered Nurse and served at Leominster Hospital for over 40 years. Retiring in 1988, Jean spent most of her career as a Med-Surg Nurse on “4-North.”

Jean was an ardent fan of the Boston Celtics, enjoyed vacationing on Martha’s Vineyard and following up on her children and grandchildren.

She leaves her husband Albert J. Ashton of Lancaster (formerly of Leominster), children William T. Ashton and Mark E. Ashton of Leominster, Elizabeth Milburn of Shirley and Wendy Stanick of Lancaster. Additionally she leaves five grandchildren, Sonja E. Barenboym of Danvers, William T. Ashton of Leominster, Julia C. Ashton of Worcester, Samuel Ashton and Benjamin Ashton of Leominster, and several nieces and nephews. Jean is also survived by her sister Barbara Lenhardt of Schenectady, NY.

Private services were held prior to interment at Evergreen Cemetery in Leominster.

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