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AVA MAE LASSETER, 6-month-old daughter of Brandon and Bre Ann Lasseter, passed peacefully in their arms on Friday, May 23, 2014, at Cincinnati's Children's Hospital after a life-long courageous battle with several complex congenital heart defects. Throughout her journey she continuously surprised her amazing doctors with the strength and determination to survive. Ava's smile and personality melted many hearts along the way. In addition to her parents, Ava is survived by paternal grandparents, Joe and Cindy Calvert of Gallipolis and Tim and Vanessa Lasseter of Richmond, Virginia; maternal great-grandparents, Richard and Betty Thomas of Lecta, Ohio, and Bill and Sara Adkins of Ona, West Virginia; paternal great-grandparents, Howell and Alice Lasseter, Fred and Marjorie Calvert, both of Gallipolis, and Scott and Teresa Blizzard of Pt. Pleasant, West Virginia; Aunts and Uncles, Robin Calvert, Chuck Calvert, Brittany and Aaron Wothe, Ryan and Amanda Carr, Michelle Lasseter, Ashlie Wellman, and a host of other family and dear friends including special cousins Jennifer and Mike Forbush. Ava was met at Heaven's gate by maternal grandmother, Terri Daniels; paternal great-grandparents, Chuck and Jackie Hoschar; and maternal great-great-grandmother, Violet Mae Stumbo; and many other special loved ones. Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 28, 2014, at Willis Funeral Home with Rev. Loren Wilson officiating. Burial will follow in Forest Hills Cemetery, Mason County, W.Va. Friends may call at Willis Funeral Home on Tuesday, May 27, 2014, from 5 to 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to "Benefit for Ava" at any Peoples Bank location. This fund will be used to pay it forward to other families affected by congenital heart defects in memory of Ava. Pallbearers will be Chuck Calvert, Ryan Carr, Aaron Wothe and Levi Brandeberry. Please visit www.willisfuneralhome.com to send e-mail condolences.
Published in The Herald-Dispatch on May 26, 2014
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