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Obituary: Evelyn McCaul (Graham) Ashton

Evelyn McCaulGraham Ashton

VASSALBORO – Evelyn passed away after a long and wonderful life on July 14, 2022, at her 58-year-old family home in Vassalboro. She was born on May 17, 1932 to Elizabeth (Scott) and Thomas Graham, in East York, Toronto, Canada. Evelyn had three older sisters: Margaret, Lillian and Patricia; an older brother, Tommy and a younger sister, Ruth.

She attended schools in East York, Toronto, Canada and graduated from Jarvis Collegiate High School and Emmaus Bible School with honors. While at Emmaus, she met James Ashton of New Jersey, and they were married on June 25, 1955. They settled into an apartment in Beverly, Mass., then moved to South Hamilton, Mass., while Jim finished college in 1958. Evelyn worked for CBS Hytron until the birth of their first child, Elizabeth. They came to Livermore in 1958 and during their years there Evelyn did some substitute teaching. After moving to Vassalboro, and after the birth of their sixth child in 1964, she continued substitute teaching.

Evelyn held a full-time job in the Waterville school system, first as a reading tutor and then as secretary to the director of special education in high school. Evelyn also worked part-time at the dental office of John Koons. Evelyn ended her career in the school system as a library assistant at George Mitchell School. She then volunteered at the Vassalboro Food Station Pantry. During those years, Evelyn met so many good people, some of whom became lifelong friends.

Her best and most fulfilling job was raising her children and helping them in so many ways as they grew into adulthood. Evelyn and Jim took their children camping for many years. Evelyn did much of the planning for these trips, whether long or short: the Maritimes, Ontario, Quebec and the Great Smokey Mountains, and of course, many trips to Maine.

Once the kids were out of the nest, Ev and Jim took trips to Colorado, Arizona, and California; to the cities of San Francisco, Seattle and New Orleans. They have been to the UK twice. Ev managed a third trip there with his sister Ruth. Evelyn and Jim, along with Ruth and Curt, have traveled to Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, the Gaspé region of Quebec and northern Ontario.

Evelyn also enjoyed knitting, weaving rugs, making wreaths and tending to her many beautiful flower gardens. She was also an avid reader. He was a very practical person, who helped tremendously during the early years of raising a family.

Evelyn enjoyed coastal tours, especially trips to many of Maine’s beautiful and historic sites.

Evelyn was an exceptional and loving grandmother to her many grandchildren, attending concerts, youth sports and beach trips, giving them unconditional love, every step of the way. Evelyn maintained a special, lifelong bond with her younger sister, Ruth.

Evelyn was predeceased by her daughter, Elizabeth Ashton.

Evelyn is survived by her husband, James, who recently celebrated his 67th wedding anniversary; his son, Jonathan and his son Zach; his daughter, Karen Ashton and her husband Michael Sullivan, and his children William, Meghan, Nicholas and Lyndsey; his daughter, Katherine and her husband Douglas Houghton, and their daughter, Karly; his daughter, Judith and her husband Louis Harle and their children Christopher, Jennifer and Colin; and her daughter, Paula Ashton and her husband John Lewandowski and their children Ruth and Walter; as well as her great-grandchildren, Will and Oscar.

Special thanks to MaineGeneral Hospice for their compassionate care.

A memorial service will be held August 20 at 2:00 p.m. at the North Vassalboro family home.

In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to:

Vassalboro Food Station Pantry,

26 Ferland Alley.

Vassalboro, ME 04989

Or for:

Vassalboro Public Library,

Box 62,

East Vassalboro, ME 04935

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