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6934 South Western Avenue
PO Box 891320
Oklahoma City, OK 73139
Phone: 405-634-1439
Fax: 405-634-3753
Velma Ashburn

Velma Mardell Ashburn (Crow)

Saturday, March 26th, 1927 - Sunday, March 29th, 2020
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Velma M. Crow Ashburn, 93, went to be with her Lord on March 29, 2020 at 3:29 pm in Barbourville, KY after complications from a stroke. She was born in Holly Grove, Arkansas March 26, 1927 to Bruce and Mary Crow. She was one of thirteen children raised on a farm in the cotton fields of eastern Arkansas. She was saved at age 15 and baptized in the local river. She graduated from the University of Arkansas with a B.S. in Home Economics and was an avid Arkansas Razorback sports fan for the rest of her life. She initially taught school and was a home extension agent in Arkansas and then moved to Texas to work for Texas Electric. She there met Bill, the love of her life. On March 19, 1955 she married William (Bill) Frank Ashburn of San Angelo, Texas. They lived and raised their family in Oklahoma. Bill passed from a stroke in 2004. They were married for 49 years. She was a Master bridge player and dedicated homemaker her whole life. She was a faithful member of New Hope United Methodist Church of Oklahoma City.
Velma is survived by her two children William Thomas Ashburn and his wife, Mary, of Barbourville, Kentucky and Katherine Louise Norris and her husband, Clay, of Spirit Lake, Iowa and 10 grandchildren: Amy Ashburn Neal, Andy Norris, Bruce Ashburn, Luke Ashburn, Blake Norris, Kristi Norris, Anna Ashburn, Will Norris, Faith Norris and Sam Norris. She also is survived by 8 great grandchildren: Rodney Norris, Prince Donmor, Emma Neal, Elliott Ashburn, Jonathan Ashburn, Lincoln Norris, Oakley Norris, Titus Ashburn, Timothy Neal, Maisy Ashburn, Remy Norris, and several devoted nieces and nephews. She will be buried beside her husband, Bill, in a graveside service at Spring Creek Memorial Cemetery in Oklahoma City with a memorial service at a later date.
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  • Graveside

    Monday, April 6th, 2020 | 1:00pm
    Monday, April 6th, 2020 1:00pm
    Spring Creek Memorial Cemetery
    Address Not Available
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    The Rev. Andy Norris
  • Interment

    Monday, April 6th, 2020 | 1:00pm
    Monday, April 6th, 2020 1:00pm
    Spring Creek Memorial Cemetery
    14300 N. Council Road
    Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73142
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Joe and Jean Burke

Posted at 05:33pm
Dear Tom and Kathy and both of your families, We were saddened to read in the paper Sunday that your precious mother had died. A flood of memories flowed over us recalling the Edgewater neighborhood that we shared with all our kids going to Kirkland, Hefner, and Putnam City High. We cherished our friendship with Velma and Bill and the two of you . After you two went on to marry and create your own families, we were able to continue our life in the Greens with Velma and Bill. They were so proud of you and Kathy so we had some idea about how your families were growing and your accomplishments. Gee, Joe and I look at each other and think about how time has past and the wonderful memories we have created. Joe just celebrated his 87th birthday the past week. If I needed a recipe it was easy to turn to Velma as she was the best cook I ever knew and so gracious to share her culinary arts. We enjoyed any time we could spend time with Velma and Bill as we always learned something. Your dad was one on the nicest men that we have ever known... Back to the scouting days and those experiences.
Tom we remember when you got your Eagle Scout Designation. You had great parents and I know you are great parents, too. And surely grandparents and great grands by now. We saw Kathy a few years ago as we went on a trip, probably a Putnam City Travel Club trip, Kathy pick up Velma, we had a lovely visit with her. We always want to know about both of you and yours. Joe and I still live at 13201 St. Andrews Drive, OKC OK. H- 405-755-1790. Please know that we ask God to hold you close to His heart as you grieve Velma's death. We send our best love to all of you. Jean and Joe Burke


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