Fillmore, Utah - Joy Elaine Bushnell Ashman Harper, age 93, passed away Monday, June 13, 2016, at Fillmore, Utah at the home of her daughter Joyce and son-in-law Bill Goddard. She was born February 13, 1923 in Meadow, Utah to George Labrum and Iva Bell Swallow Bushnell. She married Johnny C Ashman on October, 10, 1940 in Fillmore, Utah. Their marriage was later solemnized in the St. George LDS Temple. She married Robert Earl (Jack) Harper on February 16, 1979, in Las Vegas, Nevada.
She is survived by her two daughters Joyce Ashman (Bill) Goddard, Fillmore, UT and Dianne (Keith) Camilli, Cranbrook, BC, and son John (Sherrie) Ashman, Fillmore, UT, and one brother, Van Ladd (Allison) Bushnell, Cedar City, UT, step-children Gwendolyn (Joe) Moore, Robert Earl Jr. (Wanda) Harper, Leonard Dale Harper, Christine (Glen) Miller, and Arlene (John) Harper-Veith, 10 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, and 12 great-great- grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her two husbands, Johnny C Ashman and Jack Harper, sister Mildred (Glenn) Porter, Clearfield, UT and brothers Howard Elmo (Iris), Henrieville, UT, Dean C (Stella), Fayetteville, AR, Faryl (Joyce), Fillmore, UT, George Jr (Marilyn), Bountiful, UT, and Charles Bushnell, Meadow, UT, and grandson John Curtis Ashman, Fillmore, UT, step-children Linda (Jim) Cottam and Douglas Harper.
Elaine was raised in Meadow, U T. in a loving home surrounded by lots of family and friends. She always said she had the best childhood ever and wouldn’t change a thing. She graduated from Millard High School in Fillmore, UT.
Elaine’s major focus in life was to be a good wife and mother at which she excelled. After her children were married she loved to spend with the grandchildren and great grandchildren and share her many stories about life in the “Good Old Days”. In addition to being a wonderful homemaker, she worked for school lunch in Fillmore for several years and as a shipping clerk and secretary for Sorenson Research in Salt Lake City, UT.
She married two wonderful men, raised three great kids, and was active in the LDS Church. She taught Primary, the Laurels in Mutual and taught in the Sunday School for 11 ½ years. She was a faithful Visiting Teacher and read the Relief Society lesson faithfully. Her hobbies included gardening, crocheting, word search, crossword puzzles, puzzles, games, and reading. Elaine loved to dance and music was a big part of her life. Our Mom had a keen wit, sense of humor and a love of people.
Funeral Services will be held Tuesday, June 21, 2016 at 11:00 am in the Fillmore 1st ward chapel. A viewing will be held prior to the funeral from 9:30 to 10:30 am. Interment will be at the Fillmore City Cemetery under the care of Olpin Stevens Funeral Home. Online condolences can be offered at www.olpinstevensfuneralhome.com