Visitation was from l-2 p.m., Saturday, August 2, 2014, at First United Methodist Church.
Celebration ,of' Life Services will immediately follow beginning at 2 p.m. Saturday, August 2, 2014, at First United Methodist Church with Brother Will Wilkerson.
Mrs. Ashley was born August 5, 1925, to DeWitt Mercier and Francis Blount Mercier. On June 9, 1951, she married Edward Joseph "Billy" Ashley. She graduated from Corinth High School and the University of Mississippi. She loved and was a very accomplished seamstress. She did everything from smocked dresses to quilts, which we will have to treasure. She loved to garden, antique shop, and collecting rabbits. She also loved to play with her grandchildren. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Cleveland, MS.
She is preceded in death by her, husband Edward Joseph "Billy" Ashley; grandson, Charles Edward Lawrence “Shelby” Lane; parents, DeWitt Mercier and Frances Blount Mercier; siblings, Sarah Helen Ezell, Mildred Worsham, and John D. Mercier.
Mrs. Ashley is survived by her children, Nancy McArthur (Stanley) of Collierville, Tenn., Wallace D. Ashley (Mary Ann) of Cleveland, May Lane (Charles) of Corinth; siblings, George Mercier (Ginny) of Corinth, Margaret “Easie “ Wooley of Jackson; grandchildren, Catherine Anderson (Scott) of Franklin, Tenn., Lauren McArthur of New York, N.Y., Margaret Isbell (Daniel) of Collierville, TN., Edward Joseph “Joey” Lane, and Russell Lane (Candie) of Corinth; and five great grandchildren.
The family would like to thank all the wonderful sitters and companions that stayed with Mrs. Ashley: Rebecca Johnson, Freddet “Peaches” Walker, Ella Mae Klein, Brenda Watson, Roslind Bell, Starmeka Shepherd and Grace Community Hospice.
Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, Cleveland or Corinth SportPlex (The Shelby Lane Memorial) Corinth, MS.
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