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Thursday, March 18, 2010

Death of Barbara Ashmore

Posted By on Thu, Mar 18, 2010 at 3:33 PM

Roy Reed sends news from our Hogeye, Ark., bureau:

Word comes from Sander Vanocur, the semi-retired television correspondent, that his neighbor Barbara Ashmore died about three weeks ago in Santa Barbara. She and her husband Harry settled in Santa Barbara after he left the Arkansas Gazette in 1959.
 
Her Little Rock friends will remember that Barbara put up with and stood up to Harry until he died in 1998. She occasionally had to stand up for him, as well. One fall day, a woman neighbor on Southwood Road saw Mrs. Ashmore on a ladder cleaning leaves from the gutter. The woman strode over and demanded, "What does Mr. Ashmore do?" Barbara replied, "He thinks."
 
Vanocur remembers a moment during a dinner party at his house on the night before Harry died. There were several guests, and as usual Harry entertained the group with stories. He was well into one long-winded tale when his wife got his attention. She moved her arms back and forth in the air and said in her stern New England voice, "Harry! Harry! Flash forward!"
 
After that last satisfying evening, which Harry had filled with what he did best--tell stories--he went home, had a stroke, and died.

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