Gone But Not Forgotten

Marcy Ashenhurst McNeill

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Marcy McNeill was born in Chicago, Illinois to James Harold and Elin Barkman Ashenhurst. Marcy grew up in the Chicago suburb of Lombard, where she attended Willowbrook High School. She earned a Bachelor of Arts at Knox College, making many life-long friends. In 1967, she married Tod Brown and had two sons, Kevin and Matthew. She earned an MBA from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs while being a wife and mother. In 1985, Marcy married Paul McNeill, who had two sons, Chad and Cory, and the two families became one.

Marcy had a professional career in administration for the 4th Judicial District at the El Paso County Courthouse, and retired as Clerk of the Combined Courts. She later followed her passion for travel and worked at Taylor Travel. She also enjoyed being a substitute teacher in District 11. For 35 years, Marcy was a dedicated member of First Congregational United Church of Christ in Colorado Springs. She held many leadership positions, taught Sunday School, attended conferences on behalf of the church, and worked in many capacities, including President of the Congregation. She also joined the Pikes Peak Kiwanis Club and, along with two other women, broke the gender barrier by being one of the first female members. Marcy was the first woman to serve as President of the Pikes Peak Kiwanis Club.

Marcy's love of travel led her to study in Sweden while in college, she learned the language and met many Swedish cousins, who she continued to be close to until the time of her death. Over the course of her life, Marcy visited Sweden more than 20 times, and she visited 50 foreign countries on 5 continents, and 49 of the 50 states. Marcy led tours for Elderhostel/Roads Scholar tour groups to Scandinavia and the Baltics. She and her husband, Paul, enjoyed numerous cruises together, as well as trips with children, and grandchildren. She traveled to Africa, Asia, Australia, Central America, Europe, Scandinavia, Iceland, and more.

She is survived by her husband, Paul McNeill, sons Kevin Brown (Lauren) of Columbia, Missouri, Matthew Brown (Lindsay) of Denver, and Chad McNeill (Doreen) of Paso Robles, California. She also is survived by her brother, John Ashenhurst (Yvonne), her sister, Julie Andrews, and three grandchildren, Aelias and Alana Brown, and Logan McNeill and many nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by her parents and Cory McNeill. Marcy's family was her most important treasure. Her presence will be sorely missed, for she was the anchor of our family. Her legacy and her memory will remain in our hearts forever. A memorial service will be Saturday, October 21 at 5pm, at the First Congregational Church at 20 East St. Vrain Street, 80903.

Memorial contributions can be made in her name to youth camp programs at: LaForet Conference and Retreat Center, 6145 Shoup Road Colorado Springs, CO 80908. Contributions can be sent to the First Congregational Church with a designation for her memorial.


Corrina Celeste Mehiel

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2017 Our Family Remembers Corrina https://youtu.be/vWDSZKT_2Uc

2017 Corrina https://youtu.be/-WUwkDHj5zw

2017 Corrina Mehiel Tribute at Eben Fine Park https://youtu.be/Ke3q4iSUnNc

Burnsville NC - Corrina Celeste Mitten Mehiel, 34, of Burnsville, NC died unexpectedly on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 in Washington, DC.

Born on Tuesday, March 23, 1982 in Seattle WA, she was the daughter of the late Starr Berwager Mehiel and Ron Mehiel and his wife, Lari of Seattle, WA. She was a 2001 graduate of Trinity Catholic High School in Camp Hill and a 2005 graduate of Penn State University, earning her degree in Art and Social Practice. She later attended the Philadelphia University of the Arts and finished her MFA at the University of Cincinnati.

She was a balance of force and beauty. She lived her life fearlessly. Even as a child, she was artistic and creative, taking the ordinary and making it extraordinary. She was thoughtful and provocative; using art to bring awareness to the rights of women and minorities and to the injustices of the world. She was compassionate and friendly, making friends through experiences all over the world. Corrina had a quick wit like her father and shared hours of laughter with friends and family. She loved to dance and to make music with her friends. Her hands were strong and her mind open to love and change. She tried to engage with everyone she met and embraced the humanity of the world. The world was better with her it in.

In addition to her father and step-mother, she is survived by a large family, including three siblings, Brett Elias Mehiel of Hanover; Eric A. Mehiel and his wife, Kristen of Los Osos, CA and Jenifer R. Hollyfield and her husband, Juan Carlos of Seattle, WA; a niece, Maddie Mehiel; a nephew, Jackson Mehiel; a maternal grandmother, Dorothy Mitten Berwager; a paternal grandmother, Celeste Mehiel, both of Hanover and many loving friends around the world.

The Memorial Service will be held at 1 pm on Sunday, March 26, at The Stone Mill 1792, 6210 Smoketown Road, Glenville, PA 17329. The family will receive friends following the service.

While she loved flowers and the juxtaposition of their beauty against the harshness of the world, the family requests that memorial contributions be made to The National Organization for Women, P.O. Box 1848, Merrifield, VA 22116-1848 to end the violence against women, or to V-Day, 4104 24th Street #4515 San Francisco, CA 94114, a global activist movement to end violence against women and girls. www.PanebakerFuneralHome.com

Published on Pennlive.com and in The Patriot-News on Mar. 26, 2017


Anthony Vincent "Tony" Latour

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Anthony Vincent (Tony) LaTOUR September 7, 1946 ~ March 24, 2008 Born in Moscow ID to John and Opal LaTour and died in San Diego CA, Tony lived most of his life in Seattle and attended Rainier Beach High School with brother Ron and sister Yvonne. He served in the U.S. Army 1966 through 1972 and was employed by Boeing for 25 years as an Electrical Engineer Technician. Tony was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret Anne LaTour on September 19, 2002 after 25 years of devoted marriage and by his first born child, Anthony Vincent Jr., who died at three days of age in 1968 and is buried in San Antonio TX. Tony is survived by daughters Regina, Sarah and Samantha LaTour of Seattle and granddaughters Chantel, Maria and Crescencia Alexander and great grandson Francisco Anthony Alexander of Soap Lake WA. Tony will be remembered as a passionate man of many skills and interests. He could fix anything, played his electric guitar with abandon and was a supportive and loving father. Tony and Margaret's remains will be buried together at the Tahoma National Cemetery on July 18 at 3:00 p.m. Contact: yvonnelatour@yahoo.com

Published in The Seattle Times from July 13 to July 14, 2008


Elin Barkman Ashenhurst

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2003 December 26 Elin interview https://youtu.be/oRwrNOPXdDI

1995 January 27th interview https://youtu.be/l6g1buSSAXQ

1995 May 14 Elin Narates Photos. https://youtu.be/wg0K991rrcE

Elin - December 19, 1916 - December 18, 2005 Elin Ashenhurst was born in Chicago, Illinois on Dec. 19, 1916 and passed from this world after a long life and a short illness on Dec. 18, 2005 in Colorado Springs. She was a woman of great common sense and strength of character who will be sorely missed by friends and family alike.

Elin Anna Elvira Barkman

Ashenhurst

December 19, 1916 - December 18, 2005

Elin Ashenhurst was born in Chicago, Illinois on Dec. 19, 1916 and passed from this world after a long life and a short illness on Dec. 18, 2005 in Colorado Springs. She was a woman of great common sense and strength of character who will be sorely missed by friends and family alike.

Elin was the daughter of Carl Ninus Barkman and Hilda Nilsson Barkman, immigrants from Sweden. She grew up on the north side of Chicago in the Swedish neighborhood and attended Northpark Junior College. In 1941 she married James Harold Ashenhurst, also of Chicago, and together they had three children, John, Marcy and Julie. Elin achieved her bachelor of arts in 1959 at Elmhurst College in Elmhurst, Ill. and a master of arts in English literature from Northern Illinois University in 1964. She taught English at Willowbrook Community High School in Villa Park, Ill. for many years before retiring with her husband to Colorado Springs in 1977. She was active in the League of Women Voters, American University Women, the Democratic Party, Pikes Peak Y and the First Congregational Church of Colorado Springs.

Elin is preceded in death by her husband, James, her parents, Carl and Hilda, and her sister, Martha Fogelberg. She is survived by her children John Carl Ashenhurst (Yvonne) of Orcas Island, Washington; Marcy McNeill (Paul) of Colorado Springs; Julie Irene Andrews of Colorado Springs and these grandchildren: Kevin and Matthew Brown, Noah and James Ashenhurst; and Phoebe and Cooper Andrews. Her great-grandchildren include Morgan and Opal Ashenhurst and Aelias and Alana Brown, and she served as grandmother also to Eric and Jenny Mehiel and Chad and Cory McNeill.

A memorial service and celebration of life will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 28 at First Congregational Church, 20 E. St. Vrain St. in Colorado Springs, Rev. William Mulford officiating. Memorial donations may be directed to Pikes Peak Hospice, which provided loving care to Elin during the last days of her time in this life or to the First Congregational Church of Colorado Springs.


Opal Dragstedt LaTour

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1997 Yvonne interviews Opal https://youtu.be/jAZbeCLBdl4

Opal Dragstedt LaTour, 84, a resident of Seattle, died of pneumonia Jan. 12 in Seattle, Wash.

She was born April 15, 1915, to Ivar and Hilda Dragstedt at Burnt Ridge near Troy, Idaho. She attended Burnt Ridge and Troy Highschools.

She worked at Pay-n-Save for 24 years. She was a member of the Retail Clerks Union. She was a fan of the Seattle Mariners, and had an interest in Seattle art museums, concerts, galleries, and community events.

She is survived by her daughter, Yvonne Ashenhurst, of Boulder, Colo.; two sons, Anthony LaTour of Seattle and Ronald LaTour of Santee, Calif.; and several grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband; and her sister, Margaret Getchell of Spokane, who died two weeks previously.

Memorial services were held Jan. 18 at Sunset House in Seattle. Cremation has taken place, and she and her sister will be buried at Burnt Ridge Cemetery in Troy at a later date. A graveside memorial will be held at that time. Memorials may be made to the Pike Market Senior Center, 1931 First Ave., Seattle, WA 98101; or Northern Heritage Museum, 3014 67th St. N.W., Seattle, WA 98117.


James Harold Ashenhurst

Jim Google Photos Album

1995 January 27 Jim childhood interview Some audio missing

1993 (?) May 14 Jim Narrates Photos https://youtu.be/HaScRrXDfCA

January 3, 1996

James Harold Ashenhurst, 84, a retired design engineer, died December 31, 1995, at a local care center.

A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at First Congregational church, 20 E. St. Vrain St., with the Rev. James W. White officiating.

Mr. Ashenhurst was born Feb. 16, 1911 in Colorado Springs to Harold S. and Helen Iola (McMurray) Ashenhurst.

He was married in 1941 to Elin (Barkman) Ashenhurst, who lives in Colorado Springs.

Other survivors include a son, John C. of Boulder, two daughters, Marcy A. McNeill and Julie Andrews, both of Colorado Springs; and 10 grandchildren.

Mr. Ashenhurst attended the Illinois Institute of Technology and Northwestern University. After living most of his life in Chicago, he retired to Colorado Springs in 1977.

Memorial contributions may be made to First Congregational church, 20 E. St. Vrain St., Colorado Springs 80903.