Obituary: Mary Jane Ashwander


Funeral services for Mary Jane Ashwander, 80, of Hanceville, will be 1 p.m. Friday, March 22, 2023 at Hanceville Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow the service at Hopewell Cemetery.

Visitation will be Thursday, March 21, 2024 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Hanceville Funeral Home.

Ms. Ashwander, lovingly referred to as “Grammy” was born April 28, 1943 to the late Jessie “Buster” Cochran and Daisy May Davis-Cochran. She passed away March 17, 2024 at Hanceville Nursing Home. Mary Jane was a housewife, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, sister, aunt, and daughter. Exceptional at all the above. Loved and respected by all who knew her.

In her later years she worked at Walmart Distribution where she made many lifelong friends. She was a strong, independent woman who had a strong faith, love of family, and an appreciation for life. Later in life became a devout pet owner, they were her babies. She is now with some wonderful people who have already passed and our Heavenly Father. She always had good sense of humor and is probably looking down at us wondering why so serious. She is and will be missed by all who knew and loved her.

Ms. Ashwander is survived by her two children, Deborah Jacobs and John Wyatt Ashwander (Lynn); grandchildren, Edy McClelland (Chuck), Brett Jacobs, Makenzie Smith (Noah), Abby Ashwander; great-grandchildren, Tommy Witt, Grace Krueger, Gretchen Krueger, Andrew McClelland, Avery McClelland, James Caseton Smith, Allen Wyatt Smith; brother, Billy Cochran (Kay); sisters, Shirley Hodge (Larry), Joyce Ballard (Randy); brothers-in-law, John McDowell, Edward Long; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, Ms. Ashwander was preceded in death by her sisters, Betty Long, Elaine McDowell; and grandchild Amy Barr. She also left behind Sadie (Dog), and Sparky (Cat) who are proudly kept by her son. Ringo (Dog) and Miss Kitty Cat passed away before she did.

The family would like to thank the staff at Monarch Place and Hanceville Nursing Home. She loved you girls and we could not have made it without y’all.