In Memoriam | Claire Ashley

We are saddened to report the passing of a good friend, charter member, and a great supporter of HPHA, Claire Kenderdine Ashley. From The Intelligencer 1/24/2016:

Clare K. Ashley, a longtime resident of Chalfont, Pa., passed away Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016 at Holy Redeemer Hospice. She was 90.

Born in Horsham on May 12, 1925, she was the daughter of the late Clarence K. Hagerty and Florene Hillborn Williams Hagerty. She was a direct descendent of Richard Kenderdine, one of the first Quaker settlers in Horsham Township and one of the original trustee's of Horsham Friends Meeting in 1718. She was a lifetime member of Meeting, where she will be held in the light and greatly missed.

Clare graduated from Hatboro High School and later graduated from Bucks County Community College with an Associate degree in Business. She was in Who's Who Among Students in American Junior College in 1991.

Clare served in the U.S. Navy during World War II Hospital Corps for two years and Organized Reserves for four years during the Korean War, and worked for many years at N.A.D.C. and retired from Civil Service in 1991. She also worked for 21 years as a receptionist at Heritage Towers until 2006.

Clare was active in many organizations including Bucks County Historical Society, Friends of Craven Hall, Heritage Conservancy, N.A.R.F.E., the Women in Military Service for America (Memorial Foundation), Questers and the Horsham Preservation and Historical Association.

She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 59 years, Archie C. Ashley. She is survived by her sister, Pauline Millsaps, and nieces, Florence Degler, Sheila Nace, and Clare Tock; her nephew, Roy Degler; and six great-nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, remembrance gifts may be made to the Horsham Preservation and Historical Association (HPHA), 900 Governor Road, Horsham, PA 19044.

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