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Sandi Ashton
(1924-2013)

Florence "Sandi" Heather Booth (Ashton) was born in Miami, Gila County, Arizona, on January 3, 1924, the daughter of Alice Avaline Bishop and Arthur Irvine Booth, a farmer. She married La Verne Penn Ashton (1916-2002) in Nogales, Sonora, in 1946. Sandi was a prolific artist who painted and sold over 1,000 paintings during her career. She worked in all mediums and was a sculptor, quilter and ceramic artist as well. Her work won many awards in Arizona art shows.

While living in Phoenix, Sandi worked for and then later owned Carl's Gems and Minerals. She stood behind the counter at Carl's for over 20 years. She built a substantial collection of minerals, which she ultimately sold to Mark Hay, Dick Morris, and Keith Williams in 1997.

Sandi wrote and published three books—a memoir of her childhood during the Great Depression, a fairy tale for her grandchildren, and a book of poetry.

Sandi had two children: Patrick Ashton and Pamela Ashton (Barclay). She lived in Arizona all her life, and died in Spokane, Washington (visiting her children) on July 8, 2013, at the age of 89.
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