Ashworth Helen Rider

November 03, 2005

MRS. On October 30, 2005, HELEN RIDER ASHWORTH, age 96, died at her home in Easton. Mrs. Ashworth was born on March 3, 1909 in Roanoke, VA and was a daughter of the late Gratton C. Rider and Mary Soyer Rider. She graduated from Jefferson Senior High School in Roanoke and then attended business school. Her son, John W. Ashworth, III resides in St. Michaels, MD and her daughter, Judy Ashworth Derringer resides in Kennedyville, MD. Mrs. Ashworth is also survived by six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. In 1933, Helen married John William (Bill) Ashworth Jr. in Coeburn, VA where they met when she was 17 (1926) and they were together for 75 years until his death on October 31, 2001. Their only long term separation was during WW II when Bill served in the Pacific Theatre for two years. While Bill Attended the University of Virginia Medical School between 1931 and 1935, she remained in Roanoke working in an accounting firm. In 1933, they moved to Baltimore, MD where he completed his surgical residency at Church Home Hospital. As Dr. Ashworth developed his surgical practice in Baltimore, Helen volunteered extensively with St. Joseph Hospital and the Maryland Medical Society, committing her time and energy to advancing the health care services and initiatives associated with those organizations while raising her family and supporting Dr. Ashworth in the development of his practice. In 1972, they returned to their roots, moving to Emory, Virginia where Dr. Ashworth had attended Emory and Henry College as an undergraduate, moving into the home that his sister Edith and her husband "Little Doc" Hillman built. Both of them had a desire to return to the community that had given them the foundation for their success and to give back to that community. They spent 28 wonderful years in Emory, where Dr. Ashworth continued his medical practice until 1995. Helen became a "fixture" in the Emory community, once again volunteering her time in several life venues including Johnston Memorial Hospital and the Washington County Library in Abingdon, the Washington County Historical Society, Emory & Henry College in Emory and the community club. She became an expert needle worker and spent long hours pursuing the genealogy of both the Ashworth and Rider families - all of this while, again, supporting Dr. Ashworth with his medical practice and maintaining a home that was continually occupied with their friends from Emory and across the country. They moved to Easton, Maryland in December of 2000 to be near their son and daughter. Funeral services for Mrs. Helen Rider Ashworth will be held at 4 PM Friday, November 4, 2005 at the Emory United Methodist Church, on the campus of Emory and Henry College, with the Rev. Beverly Robinette officiating. Burial will follow in the Holston Conference Emory and Henry Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Jack Cox, Charlie Quillan, Gary Crookshank, George Roberts and Dirk Moore. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to the Ashworth-Hillman Scholarship Fund at E & H College, P. O. Box 950, Emory, VA 24327. There will be no visitation at the funeral home; however, the family will gather in the parlor of Emory United Methodist Church prior to the service. Those wishing to send a message of sympathy on line may do so by visiting www.farrisfuneralservice.com Farris Funeral Service in Abingdon, VA is serving the family of Mrs. Ashworth.

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