Fonda Martelle Midkiff Ashby, a loving wife, mother and grandmother, passed away on February 13, 2013, after a long bout with cancer. She was born on December 3, 1928, in Fordsville, Kentucky to Cicero Peyton Midkiff and Birdie Neighbors Midkiff, both of which preceded her in death. On May 31, 1946, she married her best friend and partner throughout life, Vernie Dorville Ashby, who survives her. Fonda attended college at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, KY. She had two children, Stephen Lee Ashby, Sr., who preceded her in death, and Ronald Glenn Ashby of Westminster, MD. She had a long history of service to the public having worked for the Kentucky Health Department, Consumer Product Safety Commission and the U S Department of the Treasury. In 1988, Fonda retired from Treasury and moved from Maryland to Deltona, FL and then later to DeLand, FL. She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and attended the First United Methodist Church of Deltona. In addition to her husband and youngest son, Fonda is survived by her daughter-in-law Carolyn Jackson Ashby of Westminster, MD; a granddaughter Kathleen Marie Ashby Davis and her spouse Nicholas William Davis of Thurmont, MD; and three grandsons, Stephen Lee Ashby, Jr. and his spouse Melissa Shaffer Ashby of Arlington, VA; Benjamin Joseph Ashby and his spouse Christina Luise Ashby of Baltimore, MD; and Shaun Patrick Ashby of Baltimore, MD. In addition, Fonda is survived by five great grandchildren, Jacqueline Grace Ashby, Leila Marie Ashby, Brady Nicholas Davis, Parker James Davis and Tyler Jackson Ashby. A memorial service is being planned at this time. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to:
, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718 or http://www.cancer.org
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Published in Daytona Beach News-Journal on Feb. 15, 2013