Georgia, “Georgie,” Ashforth, 83

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Georgia Perkins Ashforth, 83, a longtime resident of Greenwich, CT and Peru, VT died peacefully on Saturday, March 12, 2016. She was married to Henry Adams Ashforth Jr. in 1954. They spent their whole lives together.

Georgie believed in serving her community and did so in many ways. As a young mother, she raised money for The East Side House in the South Bronx, a Greenwich sponsored nursery school, and volunteered at The Judson Health Center. For many years, she volunteered at The Greenwich Audubon where she instilled the wonders of the natural world in children. She was a member of the Greenwich Recycling Advisory Board and Hortulus.

More recently she was on the Mclean Hospital National Council where she set up The Georgie Ashforth Family Fund for Financial Aid in support of people with mental illness seeking treatment. She also dedicated herself to sharing her passion for art and music by organizing an art group of family and friends, led by author, Hayden Herrera, in order to explore emerging and contemporary artists exhibiting work in New York City.

In 2002, she began the Ashforth Family Concert Series at the Greenwich Library. The Series has now teamed up with Curiosity Concerts and the Greenwich Arts Council and is producing children’s concerts once a month from September through June in different venues throughout Greenwich. “You have to do something bigger than yourself in the world,” is the principal she lived by.

Born in Baltimore, Maryland on April 9, 1932. She was the daughter of the late Thomas Peirce Perkins, Jr. and Virginia Miller Perkins. She graduated from The Bryn Mawr School where she was a talented athlete and President of the School during her senior year. She graduated from Vassar College in 1954.

She is survived by her six children, Elizabeth A. Bacon of Sutton, MA, Henry A. Ashforth, III of Ridgefield, CT, Andrew B. Ashforth of New Canaan, CT, Katherine Ashforth Wiener of Park City, Utah, Thomas A. Ashforth of Greenwich, CT and Margaret M. Ashforth of Concord, MA; 15 grand children and one great grandchild. She is also survived by her brother, Thomas P. Perkins, III of Brooklyn, NY.

A memorial service honoring her life will be held at 11:30am on Monday, March 21st, the first day of spring, at St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, 954 Lake Ave., Greenwich, CT 06831.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to The Greenwich Arts Council/ Curiosity Concerts or Audubon Greenwich.