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Betty Ash (Grace Elizabeth Bagby Ash) was born February 4, 1922 in Aurora Mo, to Grace and John Roscoe Bagby. She died peacefully January 9th at NMC Health in Newton, Ks.
Raised in Aurora, Mo, she attended what is now Missouri State University in Springfield, Mo. and moved to Washington, DC in 1943 to work for the GPO. There she met Andrew D Ash (known as Don Ash) who had returned from service in WWII. They married in February 1946 and set up housekeeping in a small walk up apt.in Don’s hometown of Queens, NY. Over the next 30 years they raised their four children in Valley Stream, New York. They retired to Hillsboro Ohio; and then spent 18 years as ‘snowbirds’ to South Texas and traveling in the Spring and Summers around the rest of the US.
Her loving husband, Don died in 2005 and she moved to Marion County Lake to be closer to her children. She is survived and greatly loved by her younger brother, Rick Bagby of Branson Mo.; her four children; Andy Ash (and wife Janice) of Marion Ks; Alan Ash (and wife Gloria) of Marion Ks and Grand Rivers, Kentucky; Kathi Beeton (and husband Ron) of Marion; and David Ash (and wife Pat) of Cincinnati, Ohio; Her memory will also be cherished by her many grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren scattered around the US.
She enjoyed her deck at the lake, and ‘happy hour’ every afternoon with children and neighbors. She had an empty corn cob pipe on her shelf that she planned to smoke on her 100th birthday and all seriously looked forward to that day. Unfortunately, her physical body just did not cooperate.
There will be a small graveside service and internment Friday, January 15th at the Sedgwick, Cemetery with Pastor Jeff Lee from Aulne Church presiding – and a happy Celebration of her Life this summer post Covid restrictions. Memorials would be welcomed to Marion Assisted Living in care of Petersen Funeral Home.
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