January 15, 1939 – October 8, 2018
Nicola S. Ashton ’64 died Oct. 8, 2018. He was born Jan. 15, 1939, the second child of J. Wilton and Marjorie Dee Nicola Ashton.
He studied premed/biology at Emmanuel Missionary College (now Andrews University) and graduated in 1960. That fall he began medical school at Loma Linda University.
During his last years in Berrien Springs, Michigan, Dr. Ashton became acquainted with Ethel Stone, and on June 17, 1962, they were married. In May 1964, he graduated from the College of Medical Evangelists (now Loma Linda University School of Medicine).
After an internship in Detroit, Michigan, Dr. Ashton accepted a call to serve at Heri Hospital in Tanzania. He and Ethel had two sons at the time, and two more children joined the family while they were in Tanzania. However, the joy of their growing family was marred by the tragic death of their son, Kevin, who drowned.
On returning to the states, Dr. Ashton and his wife joined the staff of Monument Valley Mission Adventist Hospital in Utah. On the Navajo reservation in Utah, they spent 24 years ministering to the needs of the Navajo Indians, both medically and spiritually.
In 1994, Dr. Ashton and Ethel moved to Salt Lake City to pursue a degree in medical informatics. In 2001, the couple relocated to Plain City, Ohio, where their church ministry became even more central as they devoted themselves to active leadership in a struggling Adventist congregation.
Dr. Ashton is survived by his wife, Ethel Louise Stone Ashton; three children, Ned, Eldon, and Nadine Ashton Schultz; one brother, Bruce; and 13 grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his son, Kevin, and his older sister, Rilla Dee Ashton-Taylor.
(Source: Family of Dr. Ashton)