Ashley Paige Stevens Gesler, 41, of Murray, Ky., formerly of Vacaville, died Tuesday, April 6, after an extended illness.
Ashley was born at Fort Bragg, N.C., on Jan. 16, 1969. She attended schools in Cary, N.C., Tuscola, Ill., and Vacaville. She was a 1987 graduate of Vacaville High School where she the 1987 Basketball Player of the Year for the Monticello Empire League. She also participated in cross-country, track and swimming. After high school, Ashley attended UCLA but transferred to UC Davis in her sophomore year. She was a member of the UCD Varsity Women's Basketball Team, most noted for her fearsome defense and blocked shots and was elected captain in her senior year.
Ashley received her BA in physical anthropology from UCD in 1992 and her BSN from Murray State University in 1997, where she was selected as the outstanding senior student of her graduating semester and was a member of Sigma Theta Tau honor Society. She won a scholarship for advanced study at Vanderbilt University and subsequently received her MSN there. Since 2001, she had practiced with Murray Pediatrics as a family nurse practitioner and an advanced registered nurse practitioner. She was a member of First Methodist Church of Murray, Ky.
Ashley is survived by her husband, David M. Gesler; four children, Eleri Gesler, Gwyneth Gesler, Eowyn Gesler and Sinjin Gesler, all of Murray, Ky.; her mother, Jeannette Stevens of Vacaville; sisters, Megan Stevens Mierau of Arcata, Calif., and Lesley Stevens of Sullivan's Island, S.C.
She was preceded in death by her father, Myles S. Stevens.
Expressions of sympathy may be made to Ashley's Angels, c/o Melia or Mary at U.S. Bank, P.O. Box 1369, Murray, KY 42071 or to the Ashley and Dave Gesler College Fund, P.O. Box 233, 1439 West Chapman Ave., Orange, CA 92868 (checks payable to College America).