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Ashmore, Elspeth McIntyre

November 30, 2012 by Ellen Jarus Hanley

Elspeth McIntyre Ashmore, 57, of East Granby, died on November 28, at Kimberly Hall, Windsor, surrounded by family after a courageous 3-1/2 year battle with lung cancer. Elspeth is survived by her husband, Joseph (Joe), and children, Anna Zeinieh (husband John) of Dedham, Mass. and John Ashmore of Springfield, Mass. She is also survived by her sisters-in-law, Mary Ann and Ellen Ashmore of Tariffville; her sister, Karen McIntyre Jarvis (husband Jim) of Buffalo, N.Y.; two nieces, a nephew and one great-nephew.

Elspeth was the second of three children of John Miller McIntyre and Charlotte Olson McIntyre, who predeceased her. Her younger brother, James Bradford McIntyre, died of brain cancer in childhood. Born in Hanover, N.H., Elspeth lived in Rochester, N.Y. and Baltimore, Md. before her family settled in Cheshire, Conn. A 1973 graduate of Cheshire High School, she attended Wheaton College in Norton, Mass. and graduated with a fine arts degree from the University of Hartford, majoring in ceramics.

Elspeth married Joe, a native son of Tariffville, in 1979. While raising her two children, she worked at the Bloomfield Fish Market, Horan’s Flowers and Gifts in Simsbury, and the East Granby Public Schools. At East Granby Middle and High Schools, she was a paraprofessional. Elspeth was a hard worker whose creativity, passion, and energy were valued by employers and co-workers alike. As a community volunteer, she gave her time and talents to assist various organizations.

The joys of Elspeth's life were family, friends and her standard poodle, Tessie. She loved entertaining in the family homes in East Granby, and Narragansett, R.I. Especially while living with cancer, nothing made her happier than the sounds of young people enjoying themselves.

Elspeth employed her gifts in many artistic endeavors: floral design, home décor, finding new ways to display the seashells and driftwood she so passionately collected, calligraphy, knitting and felting, gift wrapping, and baking cookies.

The family wishes to thank her many friends for their unwavering support during the final weeks of her illness. She loved you all.

A memorial service in celebration of her life will be held at Trinity Episcopal Church, 11 Church St., Tariffville, at 11 a.m., on Monday, December 3, 2012. The church rector, The Rev. Thomas Furrer, has graciously welcomed family friend The Rev. E. Page Rogers as co-officiate and homilist. Her family will receive friends on Sunday, December 2, 2012, from 4 to 7 p.m., at the Carmon Windsor Funeral Home, 807 Bloomfield Ave., Windsor.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Masonicare Hospice, 74 Cheshire Rd., P.O. Box 70, Wallingford, CT 06492 (, or to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, 26 Broadway, New York, NY 10004 ( Please visit us at for online condolences and guestbook.

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