Mary Jane "Jane" Ashton Messenger

Pilot Knob*  Mary Jane ("Jane") Messenger of Pilot Knob & Boxford, MA died on July 13, 2014 after a short illness.  She was, as always, surrounded by her family.  Jane was born in NYC on Oct. 17, 1924, and was immediately adopted by Walter Atherton Fullerton and Ethel Durkee Fullerton of Saratoga Springs.  Jane was raised in Saratoga and frequented Saratoga Lake in the summer.  She attended Saratoga schools and Connecticut College for Women, graduating in 1946.  In 1947 Jane married William Thompson ("Tom") Ashton, also of Saratoga.  Jane and Tom raised their three children at Ten Acres and Elm Knoll Farm and spent their winters skiing and their summers at Pilot Knob on Lake George, NY.  Jane was very active in the Flower and Fruit Mission and numerous other Saratoga charities and fundraisers.  The couple enjoyed a long, happy marriage until tom's death in 1986.


In 1990, Jane married Archie A. Messenger, with an entourage of fourteen grandchildren leading them down the aisle.  Jane and Archie first lived in Waterville Valley, NH, where they shared their lifelong love of skiing with family and friends.  Most recently, the couple lived at Four Mile Village in Boxford, MA.  While in Boxford, Jane attended the 2nd Congregational Church, was active in the Ladies Charitable Society and was a member of the Boxford Village Garden Club.  In addition to developing many wonderful friendships, she continued to exercise by walking and participating in water aerobics five days a week.  Jane was an eternal optimist with a wonderful sense of humor.  Her greatest joy was being surrounded by family and friends.  Her graciousness, loving warmth, engaging smile and genuine interest in the lives of everyone around her will be missed by many.


Jane is survived by her husband Archie Messenger; her three children, Bill Ashton of Ben Lomond, CA, Barbara Ashton Carey and her husband Bill of Boxford, MA and Bob Ashton and his wife Tina of Lake George, NY; nine grandchildren, Meghan Carey (Paul) Frank of Brooklyn, NY, Will (Jocelyn) Carey of Durham, NH, Toril Ashton of Breckenbridge, CO, Caitlin Carey (Jeremy) Garzoli of Melrose, MA, Siri Ashton (Mike) Hoffman of Watertown, CT, Willliam Brett Ashton of San Francisco, CA, Andrew (Sheri) Carey of Charlestown, MA, Kelly Brynn Ashton of Discovery Bay, CA, and Gunner Ashton of Boulder, CO; and six great grandchildren, Owen and Amelia Frank, Orion Carey, Svea and Finn Hoffman and Stella Jane Garzoli.  She is also survived by her stepchildren, Libby Johns, John Messenger, Andy Messenger, Heather Messenger, Helen Messenger, their families and many friends.


A celebration of Jane's life is scheduled for her 90th birthday, Oct 17, in Boxford MA.  In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Jane's memory to either of the following organizations, both of which were instrumental in Jane's care:  The Schwartz Center for Compassionate Care, www.theschwartzcenter.org;  Spaulding Rehabilitation Center Boston, www.spauldingrehab.org

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