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LAURIE HELSETH ASHLEY, 56, of Tallahassee, Florida, passed away on March 17th of complications associated with ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease). Laurie was owner of Design Point Homes, a building construction firm, and had previously owned Tre Sorelle boutique, both in Tallahassee. She is survived by her loving family: husband Tom Ashley, and daughters Katie (Tampa), Meredith (Tampa), and Elizabeth (Tallahassee). Laurie was born in Vero Beach, Florida February 13, 1958 to loving parents Arnold and Julia Helseth, both deceased. She was the youngest of three children: Joe Helseth (deceased), and Susan Helseth Roberson, both of Vero Beach. A 1976 graduate of Vero Beach High School, Laurie graduated from FSU in 1980 with a degree in interior design and was a member of Alpha Delta Pi sorority (Iota chapter). Upon graduation, she returned to Vero Beach and began her career at Richard Plummer Interior Design and eventually opened her own business, Laurie's Design Studio. She married husband Tom in 1982 and they moved to Tallahassee in 1994. Laurie took time to rear their three beautiful daughters and then obtained her building construction license in 2004, opening Design Point Homes. Laurie was first and foremost a devoted, loving, and amazing mother of her three daughters. Rearing and loving her children was her greatest pride and joy. Family was extremely important to her and she adored her parents, brother and sister, and nieces Kaley Roberson Stone of Vero Beach (husband Robby) and Megan Roberson Hall (husband Colin) of Ft. Pierce. Also, nephews Christopher Helseth (wife Tina) of Vero Beach, Patrick Helseth of Orlando, Mark Roberson (wife Angie) of Port St. Lucie, and Brian Roberson (wife Loretta) of Leesburg. Laurie also leaves behind three great nephews, Garrett Helseth, Blake Roberson, Tristan Roberson and four great nieces Krista Helseth, Julia and Olivia Roberson, and Jordan Marx. She is also survived by father-in-law Bill Ashley of Pickens, SC (deceased mother-in-law Betty) and two brothers-in-law, Jim Ashley (wife Debbie and daughters Jennifer and Pamela), of Greenville, WV, and Brad Ashley (wife Cindy with daughters Amy Brister and Amanda Paho lsky) of Sebastian, FL. Visitation will be held in Vero Beach on Sunday from 4 pm to 7 pm at Strunk Funeral Home on 17th St. Laurie's funeral is scheduled for 11 am Monday at First United Methodist Church in Vero Beach. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the ALS Association of Florida, or Big Bend Hospice of Tallahassee, in Laurie's memory. Arrangements are by Strunk Funeral Home and Crematory, Vero Beach. A guest book is available at www.strunkfuneralhome.com
Published in the TC Palm on Mar. 23, 2014