Janet (Ashton) Vernon
1935 - 2019
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(Janet Ashton Glassock)
July 6, 1935 - May 16, 2019

Janet passed away peacefully May 16 in Rancho Palos Verdes. She was born Janet Elizabeth Ashton in Covina, California July 6, 1935. Daughter of Frederic and Clarice Ashton, Janet is second-generation California native. She grew up in a mile square town, playing in citrus groves, riding her horse with friends, and enjoying many years of Girl Scouts. We celebrate her life as daughter, mother, grandma, sister, friend, creative soul, and caretaker for the planet -- these were among the most important roles in Janet's life.

Janet, and her first husband Dr Richard Glassock, settled in Palos Verdes in 1968 – their three children attended Palos Verdes schools and all three graduated from Rolling Hills High School. Throughout the 1970s she was an active community member involved in development of significant local actions of the time – including Save Our Coastline, Art for Fund(s) Sake, and the Palos Verdes Youth Commission initiatives Bike for Pay, Thumb Taxi, and Palos Verdes Switchboard. She worked as a photographer/feature writer for the Palos Verdes News and the Palos Verdes Social Review (now Palos Verdes People). She loved the PV coastline and spent many happy times with her dog-friend Charlie exploring the tidepools at Portuguese Bend and walking the cliffs with the view to Catalina.

Janet attended University of Arizona and later in life she returned to Cal State Dominguez Hills to gain a Master of Human Services, specializing in Gerontology. She then went on to create the Helping Hands recovery program, for seniors with alcohol and substance abuse issues, at Long Beach Memorial Hospital. She continued studies to complete her PhD in Psychology – establishing a clinical counselling practice focusing on substance abuse, and continued to speak, educate, and publish on issues related to Aging and Alcoholism

Her love of nature and adventure took her to far north eastern Washington State with her second husband, Howard Vernon. Together they built a lovely home in the woods and enjoyed the four distinct seasons. Following Howard's death, she relocated back to Long Beach to be closer to her children and grandchildren. After several years Janet felt a calling for the desert again and lived in Green Valley, AZ.

Janet is survived by her three children from her first marriage to Richard J Glassock. His long, respectful friendship is blessing to all. Sadly, she is predeceased by her second husband, Howard E Vernon of Orient, WA. Howard is remembered fondly at this time for his gentle, down to earth nature, and special presence in Janet's life.

Janet will live brightly in the hearts of those whose lives she touched - most especially her children Ellen (Glassock) Reiner, Scott Glassock, and Sharon (Glassock) Lampe, her much admired brothers Fred Ashton Jr and Winton Ashton; grandchildren, Brian and Erin - Sarah, Kirsten and Blake - Max and Naomi; great grandchildren - Olivia, Jennifer, Cameron, and Audrey. Additionally, her memory will be cherished by loyal friends and much-loved cousins.

The family extends our heartfelt thanks to Belmont Village Neighborhood and Torrance Memorial Hospice who supported Janet (and all of us) with warmth and love. A private family celebration of Janet's life will be held July 20th. Kindness matters.

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Published in The Beach Reporter on Jun. 12, 2019.
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February 8, 2020
I just learned of Janet's passing. I'm an old friend dating back to the seventies. Janet was a great friend and inspiration to me over several decades, and I regret that I lost touch with her in recent years. My deepest condolences to Scott, Ellen, Sharon and all family. Janet was all about service to her fellow humans. I feel sure she's on another plane of existence continuing her good work.
With much love,
Patte Levan (née Wheat Mahan)
Patricia Levan
June 18, 2019
momma, thinking of you today!
sharon lampe
June 18, 2019
With deepest sympathy in the loss of your loved one. May you find comfort in knowing that God is near to you and is a refuge during this difficult time. Psalm 9:9
June 17, 2019
Im so sorry for your loss Ellen, Scott and Sharon...Janet was always kind to me and a very classy lady.
Victoria McAllister
June 13, 2019
It was an absolute pleasure being able to meet Janet! Spending time with her and Sharon (and her brother!) in the Belmont dining room was a nice little memory! Condolences to Janet's family as they travel down this new road. Hold onto those sweet reflections!
~Sharon B.
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