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Welcome to the Ashford Family Page!

Updated: 15 June 2014

Connection to the Adams family: Violet Ethel Feller married Harry Ward Ashford. Violet was the granddaughter of Emily Lorainia Adams who married Isaac Leonard Bates.

If you have information, photographs, diaries, family history, etc. on the Ashford and related families please contact Jim Adams.

Harry Ward Ashford (24 Jun 1895 - 12 Oct 1958) married Violet Ethel Feller (18 Sep 1896 - 09 Jan 1970) in 1920. They had:

1. Vivian Sarah Ashford

2. Harry Elderkin "Bud" Ashford (06 July 1922 - 24 Aug 2013)

3. Jason Feller Ashford (01 Nov 1923 - 28 May 2013)

4. Grace Ashford

5. Genevieve "Genny" Emily Ashford.

Ashford Obituaries

Ashford, Harry Elderkin "Bud".
Ashford, Harry E. 'Bud' 91 (son of Harry Ward & Violet Ethel (Feller) Ashford)
July 06, 1922 Aug. 24, 2013

Born in Stratford, S.D., Bud moved to Salem in 1936, attending Aumsville High School.

He served in the Army from 1942-1946 and was stationed in Philadelphia and New Orleans. Following his discharge, he joined Pacific Northwest Bell and worked as an engineer in Seaside, Albany and Portland until his retirement in 1982.

Bud was active in community service including charter president of the Tacoma Kiwanis Club in Albany as well as president of Raleigh Hills Kiwanis Club. He coached little league and Babe Ruth baseball for several years taking two teams to Hawaii on a team exchange program. He loved golf, hunting and fishing, traveling and the theatre.

He is survived by his wife, Enid of 66 years; his sister, Genny; his daughter, Sarah and partner, Joel; son, Ron and wife, Ingrid; four grandchildren, Erika, Kelsey, Aaron and Garrett; plus four great-grandchildren, Kaila, Audrey, Bryson and Mackenzie.

A memorial service will be held in the Chapel at Maryville Nursing Home, 14645 SW Farmington Road, Beaverton at 2 p.m., on Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013. A reception will be held at Maryville immediately following the service. (parking is limited, seek neighborhood options). In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to your favorite charity . To light a candle visit:

Published in The Oregonian on August 29, 2013

SALEM - Jason Feller Ashford, 89, resident of Salem, Oregon, passed away on May 28, 2013 while quietly working on his farm.

Jason was born at home on the family farm in Brown County, South Dakota on November 1, 1923, to Ward and Violet Ashford. His family moved to God's country during the Dust Bowl and Great Depression in 1936. He settled in Oregon, graduating from Salem High School. He honorably served in the U.S. Army 2045th Signal Battalion during World War II and was stationed in the Philippines, New Guinea, and Japan. After completing his service in the Pacific, he was very proud to have attended Oregon State University, where he lived in Weatherford Hall with many other veterans and graduated in 1950 with a degree in business. While at Oregon State he met his wife of 30 years, Anna Louise Anderson.

After a career as an auditor for the State of Oregon, Jason was fortunate enough to spend as many years retired as he did working. During his retirement he pursued his fondness of ornamental plants and started Westside Ornamentals in 1983 with his longtime friend, Sharon Leopold, and her daughter Kathy. He enjoyed propagating native rhododendrons and was an active supporter of the Cecil and Molly Smith Garden in St. Paul. Jason spent his later years with the help of his good friend, Bob Grasing, tending to his enormous vegetable garden, dozens of laying chickens, and rhododendron nursery for all to enjoy. Everyone who spent time with Jason was touched by his welcoming and generous charm. He was an active member of the Willamette Rhododendron Society, National Rifle Association, Masonic Lodge of Salem, Boy Scouts of America and Ducks Unlimited.

His true love in life was his family; five children with their spouses, grandchildren and great-grandchildren were unconditionally loved and supported by a kind and generous man. He found immense joy anytime his family got together. Each year he anxiously awaited the Family Picnic, Annual Hunt, and all holiday get-togethers. The Farm was always a welcoming place where family shared many meals throughout the week or an evening of pinochle.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his sisters Vivian Dye and Grace Groh. He is survived by his brother Bud (Enid) and sister Genny (John) Topping; his five children Harold (Peggy), Bonnie (Ross), Glenn (Betty Jo), Bruce (Jeannine) and Scott (Meleah); fifteen grandchildren Teresa (Lori), T.J., Katie, Marc, Kelly (Derik), Amanda (Dustin), Andrew, Matt, Nick, Chris (Ashley), Dustin, Micah, Jake, Angela and Monica, and eight great-grandchildren Lucy, Isaac, Jonah, Lincoln, Rahya, Lilliana, Leste, and Cruz.

A memorial service will held at 11:30 am, Tuesday, June 4 at the First Presbyterian Church, 770 Chemeketa St. NE, Salem. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his name to Ducks Unlimited, the OSU Foundation or the Smith Garden. Arrangements are by Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service.

Published in Statesman Journal on June 2, 2013


Anna Louise (Anderson) Ashford Kostenborder (1930-2013), 83, resident of Salem, Oregon, passed away of natural causes in Happy Valley, Oregon, on July 4, 2013.

Louise was born on February 1, 1930, in Palo Alto, California, the eldest of two daughters born to L. Harold "Pete" and Edna Mae Anderson. After graduating from Palo Alto High School in 1947, she attended Oregon State University, where she lived in Sackett Hall. While at Oregon State, she met her husband of 31 years, Jason Feller Ashford – who was an Isaac and Emily (Adams) Bates descendant. Louise and Jason were married on March 19, 1950, had five children. They divorced in 1981.

In addition to being a mother and homemaker, Louise spent many years as a preschool teacher at the First Presbyterian Church in Salem, was a dedicated Cub Scout den mother and a member of Eastern Star. During her vibrant life she pursued her love of art. She enjoyed taking painting classes, quilting and engaging in other creative arts. She hand-painted faces on pumpkins and won awards for them. "Grandma Weeze," as she was known by some of her grandchildren, hand-painted Christmas ornaments and sewed stockings for each one of them. Louise was especially witty and loved making a play on words and practical jokes.

She married William "Bill" Kostenborder on July 13, 1989. They enjoyed spending time together on their many trips to Alaska, at their small cabin on Croisan Mountain, and dancing. Everyone who spent time with Louise was touched by her kind and welcoming personality, and sweet disposition. Louise was much loved by everyone she met. She enjoyed nature and the outdoors, especially birds, and had a vast collection of bird houses, some of which she crafted. Louise loved her family; her five children with their spouses, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She found immense joy being visited by them at any time and always stood on the porch waving goodbye until they were out of sight.

She was preceded in death by both of her parents, sister Nona Ring, former husband Jason Ashford, and husband Bill Kostenborder, December 6, 2007.  She is survived by her five children Harold (Peggy), Bonnie (Ross), Glenn (Betty Jo), Bruce (Jeannine) and Scott (Meleah); fifteen grandchildren Teresa (Lori), T.J., Katie, Marc, Kelly (Derik), Amanda (Dustin), Andrew, Matt, Nick, Chris (Ashley), Dustin, Micah, Jake, Angela and Monica, and eight great-grandchildren Lucy, Isaac, Jonah, Lincoln, Rahya, Lilliana, Leste, and Cruz. A memorial service and reception were held on Saturday, July 13, 2013, at the First Presbyterian Church in Salem. Arrangements were by Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service.