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Nov 19 1956

Mrs. Amy Ashworth Vines, 62, who dedicated her unselfish life to the service of her parents and her children, died at 12:45 p.m. Sunday (18 Nov 1956) at her home at 320 E. Second street.


Death came unexpectedly despite the face that Mrs. Vines had been ill for the last 11 weeks of a heart condition.  She rallied from an acute attack of heart illness, that caused her to be confined in Welborn Memorial Baptist Hospital in Evansville, to return to her home late in September.  While her condition had apparently worsened somewhat during the past week she was not regarded as critically ill until a short time before she died.


The body is at Short-Niehaus Funeral Home.  It will remain there through the funeral service to be conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday in Short-Niehaus chapel by Rev. J. Kenneth Forbes, minister of First Methodist Church, and Rev. William E. Stark, vicar of St. John's Episcopal Church.  Burial will be in Bellefontaine cemetery.


Surviving are three daughters, Mrs. Harry A. Gerber, Mrs. Thomas S. Sykes and Mrs. J. Kenneth Ranes, all of Mt. Vernon, and a sister, Miss Margaret Ashworth, directress of nurses at Boehne Hospital near Evansville.  The daughter, Mrs. Ranes, is the women's page editor of The Democrat.  She and her husband and the mother resided together.


Mrs. Vines' ancestry dated back to the very beginnings of Posey county and beyond that to Revolutionary war stock.  She was a member of General Thomas Posey chapter (Mt. Vernon) Daughter of the American Revolution.


She was born in Point township and resided there the greater part of her life.  Her parents were Theodore C. Ashworth, Point township farmer and Democratic leader, and Mary Ellen Ramsey Ashworth.  During her rural residence she was an active member of the no longer existing Greathouse Methodist Church in Point.


Mrs. Vines had a genius for friendship and neighborliness.


Sincerely interested in others beyond the confines of her own home and fireside, she expressed that interest quietly but none the less effectively by giving unstintedly of herself, her love and her sympathy to all who needed them.  Because of that interest in others, especially children, she remained young in spirit and thoroughly in tune with all that transpired about her.



Originally submitted by Betty Sellers