Major Madge Ashton, Army retired, 91, died Friday, Sept. 17, 2010, at Hazard (Ky.) ARH Medical Center of multiple medical complications.
Born June 2, 1919, in Elizabeth, she was the daughter of the late John Edgar and Zelma Cline Ashton.
She graduated from Elizabeth High School and Hanover College where, as a physical education major, she participated in numerous sports, was a member of Phi Mu Sorority, Rho Chapter, was brought up in Elizabeth Methodist Church, enlisted in the Army Medical Specialists Corps in 1943 and was trained in physical therapy. Her deployments included Walter Reed Hospital, Washington, D.C.; Fort Lawson, Ga.; El Paso, Texas; Veterans’ Hospital, Louisville; Warm Springs, Ga.; Hot Springs, Ark.; Percy Jones, Battle Creek, Mich.; Fort Campbell and Fort Knox, both in Kentucky; Fort Sam Houston, Houston; and Heidelberg, Germany. Her post-graduate studies were completed at the University of Texas School of Medicine and Rehabilitation in 1947 in Galveston, Texas. After serving 13 years in the military, she went to Harlan, Ky., as a physical therapist at Miners Memorial Hospital, which later became Harlan Appalachian Regional Hospital, until she retired after 28 years of service. She was also a member of the American Association of Physiotherapists.
Survivors include two sisters, Julia Cunningham of Elizabeth and Bernice Davidson of Sellersburg.
Celebration of Life: Tuesday, Sept. 21, at Rich Funeral Home in Harlan, Ky.
Memorial service: Sunday, Oct. 24, at 2:30 p.m. at Rose Hill Cemetery in Elizabeth.