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'SHE WAS A WARRIOR WITH OR WITHOUT HER UNIFORM'
Dr. Lynn Ashley (Haynes), daughter of Frank F. and Cleo M. Haynes, born November 18, 1920 in Rock Island, Ill. Lived in Chicago working for Douglas Aircraft riveting C-54 cargo aircraft, enlisting in the WAC in December, 1943. Served as an AirWAC in Carlsbad, NM, assigned to the 8th Air Force scheduling aircraft for the bombardier training squadron. Honorably discharged from the Army. She married Edward M. Ashley in 1946 and the family moved to Cincinnati. She is survived by children Edward, Jr. (spouse Lan Ashley), Ann (spouse Everett Rice), Rebecca (spouse Gary Pocisk), and William Ashley, 11 grandchildren and 7 great- grand children. Lynn mentored young people in Forest Park, OH and served in the Cincinnati Presbytery. At age 57, she enrolled in the Union Institute, receiving a BS degree in Social Psychology, and continuing on to her Doctorate in Education from the University of Cincinnati. She founded and was president of National Corrective Training Institute Cincinnati. She counseled and helped thousands of people over the 35 years she led her company, while also serving 4 years on Forest Park City Council. She advocated for recognition and honoring of women veteran's national service. She was a charter member of Women in Military Service for America (WIMSA), instrumental in establishing the WIMSA memorial at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, DC, and active in registering women veterans. Inducted into the Ohio Veterans' Hall of Fame, she was an active member of the WAC Veterans Association. She was a member of Greater Cincinnati Women's American Legion Post 644, one of 8 all women posts in the country and she was an AMVETS life member. In 2010 Lynn drafted Resolution 10-1 on behalf of Post 644 seeking repeal of the current Dept of Defense policy for women in combat and seeking recognition as combat veterans eligible for all veteran benefits. The resolution was passed at the American Legions National Convention in Milwaukee and later adopted by the American Legion National Executive Committee. She was the first recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award presented by the VA Medical Center. Lynn was a mother, wife for 56 years, educator, counselor, trainer, and an inspiration to many who knew her. Her funeral will be at the Schmidt Dhonau Kucner Funeral home, 10980 Reading Road, Sharonville, Ohio on Thursday 2 May with visitation at 11:00am, service at 1:00pm, followed by burial at 3:00pm at the Crown Hill Memorial Park in Pleasant Run, Ohio at the intersection of Kemper and Pippin Roads. Donations may be made to the Military Women's Memorial (WIMSA), 200 North Glebe Rd Ste 400 Arlington, VA 22203 or online www.womensmemorial.org
Schmidt Dhonau Kucner Funeral Home
10980 Reading Road Sharonville, OH 452412555
Published in The Cincinnati Enquirer on May 1, 2013