Thelma Ashbaugh | Nov. 13, 1918 - Jan. 19, 2013

Valpo woman was center of family

2013-03-24T00:00:00Z 2013-03-25T00:00:05Z Valpo woman was center of familyCarrie Rodovich Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
March 24, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Thelma Ashbaugh taught her children to value family and have love and respect for others, said her son, Steve Ashbaugh.

“(She said) no matter how bad you think you have it, there is always someone who has it worse off than you,” he said. “Accept what you have and appreciate it. Don’t worry about what you don’t have.”

Thelma Ashbaugh, 94, of Valparaiso, died Jan. 19. She worked at Porter Memorial Hospital, Valparaiso, for 39 years in the nursery. She was a member of First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and the Banta Center.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 56 years, James Ashbaugh, in 1997.

She believed the kitchen table was the most important piece of furniture in the house, said her son, Bob Ashbaugh.

“On special days, the family would come in and sit at the table and talk about old times and good things that happened,” he said. “This is what I called ‘Mama’s table.’ We would eat, do homework and played games many times.”

She loved to crochet, and made Afghans for whomever asked. She loved to read and do word searches. She enjoyed being a part of community organizations, and especially enjoyed the Banta Center, where she and her husband were part of the Kitchen Kut-up Band.

She loved working at the hospital nursery, and took care of countless babies.

“As an RN in the nursery, she had the opportunity to take care of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren as they came into this world,” Steve Ashbaugh said.

Granddaughter Kristen Ashbaugh said her grandmother taught everyone to love, and to never give up on their dreams.

“She was an amazing grandmother, from reading bedtime stories to long talks on the phone,” she said. “No matter the time we always knew we could call her for guidance, to answer questions about homework, or just to say hi. Gram always showed us love and support in everything we did.”

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