Tuesday, May 18, 2010

In Loving Memory...


My sweet mom passed away this morning, just before 4:30. Five of her children and her husband were by her side. It was beautiful and sorrowful and a moment I will forever be grateful I had to share with her.

My dad has written this wonderful obituary to be published in our local paper.

Our beloved Kathryn Elaine Robbins Ashworth, fiercely devoted mother, loving grandmother, and marvelous wife passed away May 18, 2010 of cancer. Kathryn, the oldest of six children and daughter of Claude and Elaine Robbins, was born in Moab, Utah on May 6, 1942. Her growing-up years were spent in Blanding, Provo, Ogden and Logan.

She graduated in French from BYU, as part of the first class of the Honors Program, and returned years later to earn a Master’s degree in Spanish literature. A strong, bright, creative and multi-talented woman, she published poetry in various journals, won prizes for her poems, composed hymns, co-authored (with her mother) foreign-language text books, and taught piano for over forty years. She was an excellent musician, often playing the piano and organ for different church organizations and conducting ward choirs. She passed on to her seven children her love for music.


In addition to her creative nature, she was a compassionate, non-judgmental and generous person, a faithful and active member of her church, and she possessed a great sense of humor.

She married Peter P. Ashworth in the Logan Temple on June 11, 1962, and is survived by her husband, seven children: Cynthia, Kevin, Melanie, Julia, Nathan, Emily and Jared, and her siblings: Mary Anne Olsen, Linda Hansen, Edward Robbins and Richard Robbins. Her brother Carl Claude Robbins preceded her in death. Her grandchildren are Jessica, Anthony, Hannah and Benjamin Swenson, and Grace, Abigail and Eliza Allred.

Funeral Services will be held in the Edgemont 6th Ward Chapel at 4000 N. 650 E. (Timpview Drive) on Friday, May 21st, at 11:00 a.m. There will be a viewing on Thursday evening between 7:00 and 9:00 p.m. and on the morning of the funeral between 10:00 and 10:45 a.m. at the same location. The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Humanitarian fund of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The family wishes to express its love and thanks to the hospice nurses, doctor and aides, and to the friends and relatives who gave such loving care to our dear mother and wife in her last days.

30 comments:

Team Millward said...

So sorry Emily. Thoughts and prayers will be sent you way.

dkeaquinto said...

Emily,
My heart is breaking for you and your family. What a wonderful life she has led. If only the rest of us were so lucky to be like her. We love you.
-Kristin

Adrie said...

I'm so sorry, Emily. Thinking of you and praying for you.

Elise said...

Continued love and prayers for you, Emily. She sounds so wonderful, just like you.

Mark and Jana said...

Emily I'm so sorry. You have definitely payed a wonderful tribute to your mom and your memories on this blog. Thanks for sharing your mom with us. My thoughts and prayers go out to you at this difficult time.

Gillian Brown said...

I love you so much Emily. Hang in there-you are such an amazing, strong and beautiful woman.

David and Amber said...

We all LOVE you Emily and hope our thoughts and prayers bring you some comfort in such a heart breaking time!

David and Amber said...

We all LOVE you Emily and hope our thoughts and prayers bring you some comfort in such a heart breaking time!

Karen said...

I'm thinking of you and your family Emily and praying for you. I love you all very much.

Emily Alexander said...

What an amazing, talented woman your mom was. Thanks for sharing a bit of her with us on your blog. I'm so sorry, Emily.

Amy Brown said...

We love you and are thinking of you Emily. So incredibly sorry for your loss.

Denita said...

Our condolences too. I can't think about what you are going through right now without crying myself. I am familiar with the feeling of losing a mother-- please let me know when you get home and what I can do to help.

Em Russ said...

oh, sweet Emily... I am so sorry. No one should have to lose their mom! Hang in there. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

The Busby Family said...

I'm so sorry Emily. She sounds like she was such an amazing person. You and your family are in our prayers!

Shells said...

What an amazing woman. She will be missed.

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Dana said...

You mom lived quite an amazing life Emily - she passed on a lot of amazing qualities and talents to you. My thoughts and prayers are with you!!!

Liz said...

I'm so sorry Emily. Sending my love and prayers to you!

The David and Caroline Welsh Family said...

I love you Emily and your mom too. I have never seen someone who is going through pain like she was to have such a bright beautiful smile in each picture. She is such an amazing woman. I know she is now in peace and watching over you. I am sure you will still feel her with you thoroughout your life. I hope you will continue to feel love and comfort at this difficult time. I love you.

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Andrea said...

So sorry to hear of your loss! I am glad that you and your girls had the opportunity to spend some precious time with your mom. You are in our thoughts, hearts and prayers.

Melissa said...

I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your sweet mom. I hope and pray that you are all comforted at this great time of loss. You will be in my prayers. I love ya!

Boston Paynes said...

Emily
I'm so sorry to hear of your mothers passing. What a blessing to be able to get to be with her the last few weeks. I wish you peace and comfort and the renewed hope that you will be together again with your sweet mother in a perfect and beautiful place.

carin t said...

Lots of love from the Tibbitts family - your mom was a great teacher and friend to our family. I'm sure she's creating beautiful music in heaven. Love you, sending some prayers of peace and comfort your way.

Candace said...

So sorry, I hope that you are doing well, call if you need to chat!

Tara said...

Oh Emily, I had no idea, I am so sorry! That is such a hard thing to deal with at this time in your life! Love you girl!

Mindy said...

I am so sorry. I wish I had checked your blog sooner. We will keep you in our prayers. May you feel the support of all those who care so much for you and your family.

Brady said...

You have an amazing family and a great relationship with them all. You're parents have the kind of relationship I hope to have when I am their age. My thoughts are with you.

Tiffany said...

I love you Em! So glad I got to be at your Mom's funeral. I feel like I've been a better Mom this week than I was before...because of her! Loved seeing you and your cute kids at lunch and can't to see you again soon.
Loves,

Tiff