Contact Us
Greenwich Daily Voice serves Greenwich, CT
Return to your home site


Greenwich Daily Voice serves Greenwich, CT
Breaking News: Sticky, Stormy: Shift In Weather Pattern Starts Sunday

Elsie Ashford, Namesake of Borden Cow

Artist and author Elsie L. Ashforth died of a heart attack in Greenwich on Oct. 30. She was 96.

In the 1930s, Ashforth was a model for John Robert Powers talent agency. Her name was used for the female cow, Elsie, wife to the bull Elmer, in the famous Borden Milk cartoon commercials.

A talented artist, particularly in watercolor, she exhibited her work in New York and Connecticut, and only stopped painting in her 80s, when she published her memoirs.

Ashford is survived by daughter Christina L. Madden; son Peter Madden; stepchildren, Mrs. Eldon Harvey Jr., Marna A. Geoffroy and Alden Ashforth; and 14 step-grandchildren, 30 step-great-grandchildren and two step-great-great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her first husband James H. Madden, her second husband H. Adams Ashforth, who had been chairman of the board of the Ashforth Co., a commercial real estate firm with properties on both coasts; son Michael Madden; and stepson Henry A. Ashforth Jr.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Round Hill Community Church, 395 Round Hill Road, Greenwich, CT 06831.

to sign up for Daily Voice's free daily emails and news alerts.

Welcome to

Greenwich Daily Voice!

Get the news you need to know on the go.

Welcome to

Greenwich Daily Voice!

Hi! You've read our articles so we know you like our reporting. To keep reading please join our mailing list.

Get important news about your town as it happens.