Afton Grace Ashton Curtis, 84, died at her Salt Lake City home of cancer early Sunday morning, December 18, 1994. She was born July 30, 1910 in Salt Lake City to Marvin O. and Rachel Jeremy Ashton.

Afton attended elementary schools in Salt Lake City, and was graduated from LDS High School in 1928, receiving the Heber J. Grant Award in Home Economics, the only graduate accorded this honor.She attended LDS Business College, and served with Aetna Life Insurance Company for more than five years, prior to her marriage August 31, 1934 to Louis Raine Curtis while he was pursuing a doctorate at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. The marriage was solemnized in the Salt Lake LDS Temple in 1935.

Afton served in the advertising department of the Syracuse (New York) Herald before she and her husband moved to Baltimore, Maryland. Afton and Louis returned to Utah in 1939, and for 30 years he managed Hi-Land Dairy.

Afton served in the Primary, Sunday School, and Mutual Improvement Association of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She also was a volunteer Pink Lade at LDS Hospital. She has been a faithful wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, and friend to many people.

She is survived by children, Nancy Lee Stanworth (Scott), Chatsworth, California; L. David Curtis (Julie), Tempe, Arizona; and Kathleen Macfarlane (John A.), Salt Lake City; 12 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren; brother, Wendell J. Ashton, and sister, Eleanor A. Badger (Mrs. Howard C.), both of Salt Lake City. A second brother, Marvin J. Ashton, died earlier this year.

She was preceded in death by her husband (May 6, 1988); parents; a sister, Phyllis A. Gardiner (Mrs. Dan S.); a brother, Edward (Ted) J. Ashton; in addition to Marvin.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 12 noon at Monument Park Seventeenth Ward Chapel, 2795 East Crestview Drive (1010 South). Friends may call at Larkin Sunset Lawn Mortuary, 2350 East 1300 South on Tuesday from 5:30 to 7 p.m. and Wednesday from 10:45 to 11:45 a.m. prior to the service. Burial will be at Larkin Sunset Lawn Cemetery.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Primary Children's Medical Center Foundation.

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