Beverly E. Ashton, age 82 of Austin, died on Monday, July 31, 2012 at St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester. She was born January 7, 1930 in Humboldt, Kansas to Fred and Bertha (Mauer) Hartnell. She grew up in Staceyville, Iowa where she graduated from Visitation High School in 1947. She began working in the plant office at Hormel Foods at the age of 18. She retired in 1991 after 43 years of service. On August 12, 1966 she married Richard Ashton in South Dakota. Bev enjoyed cooking, gardening, shopping, watching basketball and the Minnesota Twins. But most importantly, spending time and caring for her family. She was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. Her smile and giggle would light up a room and she always made everyone feel welcome. Beverly is survived by her husband, Richard of Austin; one daughter, Kimberly (Tim) of Austin; three grandchildren, Nicole, David and Jonathan; two sister-in-laws, Arlene Hartnell, Marion Ashton both of Austin; one brother-in-law, Bill Ashton of Austin; and numerous nieces and nephews. Beverly is preceded in death by her parents; brother, Bob; niece, Vicky; and sisters and brothers-in-law. Funeral services will be held 10:30am on Friday, August 3, 2012 at Mayer Funeral Home with Father Steffes officiating. There will be a 5pm CCW rosary on Thursday at Mayer Funeral Home where friends may call from 5-7pm and also one hour before the service. Casket bearers will be Tim Hansen, David Hansen, Jonathan Hansen, Bob Ashton, Steve Ashton, and Doug Ashton. Interment will be in Oakwood Cemetery in Austin.