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VIEWING: Monday, November 20, 2017
4 p.m. - 7 p.m.; Morgan Jones Chapel of Chimes
4200 Broadway, Sacramento, CA
SERVICES: Tuesday, November 21, 2017
11 a.m.; Immaculate Conception Catholic Church
3263 1st. Ave., Sacramento CA
INTERMENT: St. Mary's Cemetery, Sacramento, CA
Jean Lafortina Ashford was born in Norfolk, Virginia to Ethel and George Ashford, who preceeded her in death.
Jean attended St. Joseph's Catholic Elementary School and Booker T. Washington High School. While in high school. Jean played clarinet in the Booker T. Washington Band, and was a member of the Girl's Athletic Association and the High School Class Year Book.
Jean graduated from Virginia State University with a BA in US History, with a minor in English. While in college, Jean was a member of the History Club and Tutoring Program.
While visiting friends in Sacramento, Jean liked the city and decided to stay. She was offered and accepted a position as a Social Worker for Sacramento County where she worked for thirty-six years, and seven month. While working, Jean enrolled in Sacramento State University and received a Masters Degree in Social Work. Jean later applied and received her LCSW from the California Board of Behavorial Sciences.
Jean met and married William "Bill" "Tip" Turner, "the only one for her ever," and from that union, a daughter, Debra Denice Turner was born. She was the "joy of their lives" and continued to be the "joy of my life". Bill died December 19, 1988 from complications of multiple sclerosis.
Jean worked part-time for UC Davis Medical Center as a clinical social worker, and worked for two nursing home providing clinical services to depressed patients. Jean was also in private practice for a short period of time, as an adoption worker for Better Life Services, and was iinvolved with "Give An Hour" which provided free counseling services to veterans and their families.
Jean belonged to the National American Board of Diplomates in Clinical Social Work and The Clinical Society of Social Workers in Sacramento. She was a member of the Red Cross Mental Health Unit and the Red Cross Shelder Unit. Jean was a volunteer at the Sacramento International Airport, and at McGeorge School of Law as a mock juror.
Jean leaves to mourn, her daughter, Debra Denice, here son-in-law, Tom, Cousin, Gwen Washington of Norfolk, Virginia, "special dtrs," Lori Brown and Tina Starness. "Sisters" Joan Brown, Chris Moon, Avis Jefferson, Vivian Willoughby, and in Virginia, Josephine Edwards, Bernice Vaughan, Jean Dickens and other friends in Sacramento, Norfolk, and other states. Jean "never let go" and remained friends with her elementary, high school, and college "buddies" throughout her life. She always kept "one foot" in Norfolk and other places friends she met moved so knew how their lives were going.
Jean was an avid reader, loved James Brown, Tina Turner, Rolling Stones, Credence Clearwater and "All" Rock and Roll. Jean learned to love gardening and each year planted a small vegetable garden whose harvest was shared with neighbors and friends. She loved people, luncheons, movies. [laces, Bid Whist, Reno, Gossip and "The Rusty Nail."
Jean's cats were a big part of her life. She always had two but had a difficult time restraining herself from having more. She loved their independence, that in spite of, or because of what you did, they were in control and were beholden to no one. "What a spirit," I have now left "DODGE CITY," PEACE TO ALL.
Any donations should be sent to the Multiple Scerlosis Society, Sacramento Animal Shelter, and SPCA and the ALLEY CAT RESCUE, www.saveacat.org.