Elizabeth “Bette” M. (Hewitt) Ashmore

ELLSWORTH—Elizabeth “Bette” M. (Hewitt) Ashmore went home to her Savior Friday, Aug. 27, 2010, following a brief illness.

She was at her home that she loved so much. Bette was born April 9, 1920, in the Franklin Baptist Church parsonage, where her mother played the piano and led the choir. She was the only daughter of Genevieve (Havey) Fernald and John Hewitt. She was lovingly raised by her stepfather, Jesse Fernald.


Bette attended elementary school in Franklin and graduated from Franklin High School. She met her future husband at a dance in Lamoine when he arrived there in his Army uniform upon returning from Hawaii. It was love at first sight and they married June 22, 1940. Earl left for World War II shortly thereafter and didn’t return until the spring of 1945. They would have celebrated 70 years of marriage in June of this year. Bette was a devoted wife, daughter, mother and grandmother, preferring to remain in the background, quietly doing her duties. She loved going dancing with her husband. Of special importance to her were family gatherings at Donnell’s Pond. She and Earl enjoyed several winters in Nokomis, Fla., with family members and friends. Bette and Earl traveled to Europe in 2000, visiting many of the sites where Earl served in World War II. Bette loved attending Maine Coast Baptist Church and singing the old hymns. She always made an effort to get to church when she knew her daughter was singing.

Bette is survived by her only daughter, Heather Linnehan and her husband “my Johnny,” as well as two adored grandsons, Ryan and his wife, Stephanie and Chadd and his wife, Jennifer. She was so proud when the great-grandchildren started arriving, Caleb and Tyler, Riley and Jacob, Bryanna and Kerigan and finally little Kate from China. She was also very fond of her two cousins, Jylle (Clark) Wentworth and her husband, Jim and Randy Clark of Hermon. She was predeceased by her parents; an infant half-brother; and her husband of 69 years.

A very special thank you to the staff and doctors at Maine Coast Memorial Hospital for the excellent care given to Bette on her various visits there. We are especially grateful for the wonderful in-home care provided by Heartworks. She was so fond of each of “her girls,” who always went above and beyond in caring for her needs.

Calling hours will be held 5:30 to 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 30, 2010, at Jordan-Fernald, 113 Franklin St., Ellsworth, where a celebration of life will be held 1 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 31, with Pastor Gerry Dill officiating. Private burial will be held at Bayview Cemetery, Franklin. Contributions in Bette’s memory may be made to The Good News Center, 169 Bar Harbor Road, Trenton, ME 04605. Condolences may be expressed at www.jordanfernald.com.

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