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PARKER, Ashley Benton Ashley Benton Parker, 47, of Atlanta died at home June 7, 2014. Ashley was born in Macon, Georgia on February 2, 1967. An alumna of Stratford Academy in Macon and The University of Georgia, Ashley moved to Atlanta in 1992. She and her husband Jim married in 2003. Her greatest joy and proudest accomplishment was the birth of their most beloved son, James, in 2006. More than anything, she loved being a mother to James and being married to her devoted love, Jim. She always said her greatest gift from God was being James' mommy. They were the light of her life and soul. She loved her sisters, Tracy and Mary Virginia, so very much as they were her best friends. A very bright light was extinguished in this world upon Ashley's death. She had a passion for life and for the people journeying through life with her. Her determination to drink in every drop was infectious and brought everyday joy and excitement to so many in her large network of friends and family. She possessed a wry sense of humor, unfailing optimism, and a dogged determination to help make the most of this world for herself and those around her. It is a loss many will mourn today and endure for years to come. Friends and family meant the world to Ashley It was Ashley's sense of optimism and determination that she brought to bear as she began her personal journey with breast cancer on November 1, 2011. She began chemotherapy twenty years to the day of her mother's death from breast cancer. Ashley was always very aggressive with her very aggressive disease, rarely taking no for an answer and insisting on pursuing every available treatment option regardless of the pain and long term side effects that may have been associated with the treatment. She did all of this with dignity and grace, seldom sharing with others the extent of the disease or the seriousness of the prognosis. She wanted to live and be perceived as living. Her career was important to her throughout her illness as it kept her very busy and her mind focused. She never lost her faith and confidently told others she was at peace because she always acted promptly, sought the most aggressive and advanced treatment possible and placed herself in God's hands and the best medical hands in the world. Ashley's very accomplished career as a Realtor is described best by her colleagues as being "a consistent top producer and extraordinarily passionate about her business." Ashley spoke of her clients and their interests through the last days of life. As Life Member, Multi-Million Dollar Club with Atlanta Fine Homes Sotheby's International Realty - The Vawter Group, Ashley excelled in her career. Ashley was a member of Peachtree Road United Methodist Church, Board of Directors 2005-2014 Southern Architecture Foundation, 2009 & 2010 Chairman, Peachtree Battle Friends Spring Home and Garden Tour benefitting CHOA, 2009-2014 Board of Directors Peachtree Battle Alliance, and Haynes Manor Garden Club. Survivors include her husband James MacLeod Parker, Jr. of Atlanta, her son James Macleod Parker, III of Atlanta, her sisters Tracy Benton Toney of Macon and Atlanta, and Mary Virginia Benton of Griffin, Ga. Nieces Maureen and Evelyn Clark of Griffin, Ga. and Benton Cole Toney of Atlanta. She was predeceased by her parents Mr. and Mrs. Edward Bruce Benton (Dolores Cole) of Macon. The family will accept visitors at Ashley's home on Tuesday evening from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. A memorial service will be held at Peachtree Road United Methodist Church on Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers please contribute to Peachtree Road United Methodist Church, MD Anderson Cancer Research or the cancer research center of your choice.

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Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on June 9, 2014
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