Mary L. Ashburn

  • Born: October 9, 1927
  • Died: November 4, 2017
  • Location: Lebanon, Pennsylvania

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James A. Porterfield, Supervisor
Lebanon, PA 17042
Tel. (717) 272-4634

Tribute & Message From The Family

Mary L Ashburn, 90, Lebanon, formerly of Mechanicsburg and Ocean City, Md., passed away Saturday, November 4, 2017 at her residence, with her family at her bedside. She was the wife of Ralph W. Ashburn, for 67 wonderful years. They were married on July 1, 1950. Mary was born in Akron, OH. on October 9, 1927, daughter of the late Larry and Mable Weller Leister . Mary spent most of her early life in Richfield, Pa.

Mary was co-owner of Ashburn Studio in Mechanicsburg, Pa, It was her smiling face that greeted customers as they entered the studio. In addition she did much of the production work, and handled the business end of the studio. She was a member of the Business and Professional Women's Club of Mechanicsburg. Mary had a great love of travel, and she and Ralph traveled around the world. They made three trips to Africa, one of which was a 14 day safari in Namibia with their 10 year old grandson. They spent two weeks in India while on a round the world trip. In total they visited approximately 30 countries.

Mary is survived, in addition to her husband, Ralph, by her daughters Vickie Bender of Christiana, Valerie, wife of Mark Gillham of Conestoga, Sandra, wife of George Clark, Jr, of Alexandria, VA , 2 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her sister, Evelyn Chubb.

In keeping with Mary's wishes, services will be private.

Arrangements entrusted to Porterfield-Scheid Funeral Directors & Cremation Services, Ltd. Lebanon. For further information please call 717-272-4634 or to share on line condolences visit

Condolence & Memory Journal

I am so sorry to hear of your mother passing. I remember her as being a very nice woman. My thoughts are with you.

Deb (crozier) Shifflet

Posted by A friend   November 18, 2017


So very sorry for your loss. May God's grace and peace guide you through this difficult time. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Catherine Atkins - Saint Stephens Church, VA - Family   November 12, 2017

Dear Uncle Ralph, Vickie, Valerie and Sandy
I'll always remember Aunt Mary as a beautiful women with a generous spirit and a sharp mind. There are so many wonderful memories from our childhood to cherish. We all loved her. From childhood to adulthood to old age she has been my inspiration, and role model. Now she is free of our earthly ties and is able to fly with the angels. She always was one. My deepest sympathies.

Posted by Karen Ersoz - New Buffalo, PA   November 11, 2017

Mary will always hold a special place in our hearts. She was a wonderful friend not only to Dana and I but our daughter Erin too. We will cherish the fond memories and many good times we shared on the Eastern Shore in MD. Our deepest sympathy goes out to Ralph, Vicky, Valerie and Sandy and their families. She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She was a real sweetheart. Now she is at peace. Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers. May God bless you all.

Posted by Colleen & Dana Young - Westminster, MD - Friend   November 09, 2017

Dear Sandy and family -
Sending prayers for you all. A mother is our first love. The one who is there for us when we are helpless, who watches over us and helps us in countless ways through our life journey. Now she will be watching over you from a better place. My deepest condolences,

Posted by DyAnn Sturgis - Lemoyne, PA - Friend   November 09, 2017