Ashley N. Zahnd

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Ashley N. Zahnd

When God sent Niki to us on Jan. 6, 1978, we were not sure what was in store. Shortly thereafter, Phil and I realized that she was a very special gift and the greatest blessing that we would ever receive on this earth. She was truly an angel and our mission in life.

We immediately attached ourselves to her wings, and she took us on the most wonderful and joyous journey that any human could imagine.

She had a magnetic personality and touched the life of everyone she met. Because of her we have been blessed with ever lasting friends. Our whole family and all our friends rallied around and supported her throughout her life.

Niki's journey taught us true unconditional love, patience, compassion, forgiveness, and contentment. Without her we would have never known the true meaning of these things.

She asked me a couple of weeks ago if it was time for her to go to heaven yet, and I told her "oh no, honey, you are going to stay with mommy, but God will let you know when it's time." Little did I know that God was ready for her to come back to him.

On Feb. 11, 2014, at 2:21 a.m., she had done exactly what God sent her to do on this earth and he took his little "HERO" back into his kingdom. She had done a spectacular job and had completed her mission perfectly.

Niki was preceded in death by her father, Philip Gene Zahnd; grandparents, Mary Magdalene Pounders Montgomery and James Montgomery and Earl Douglas (Zeke) Zahnd Sr.

She is survived by her mother, Judith Montgomery Zahnd; brothers, Gino Zahnd, of Portland Ore., Elliot Zahnd, of Toms River, N.J., and Aubrey Zahnd, of Toms River, N.J.; niece, Ariana Lynn Zahnd, of Toms River, N.J.; grandmother, Hilda Mae Statom Zahnd, of Florence; Uncle Bubba and Aunt Jan and very special cousin Jessica Montgomery Irons; cousins, Jason, Reagan, and Braydon Montgomery and Trey, Todd, and Taz Zahnd; her very special friends, Tom, Donna, Taylor, and Evan Wideman; and her little yorkies, Sofi and Sasha Zahnd.

Her family would like to thank, Dr. Ed Moore, Dr. David Warnock, UAB, Dr. Mike McLeary, Dr. Wonsuck Kim, Dr. S. R. Ahmed, Dr. N. Rao Boorgu, Dr. Subir K. Paul, Dr. David Anakwenze, Dr. J. D. Smith, Dr. Felix Morris, Brightstar Medical of Birmingham, nurses Monica Bice and Gloria Gilreath, and their staff for helping us maintain Niki's health after moving back to Florence.

A very special thanks to Dr. Justin Hall (surgeon), Dr. John Scarborough, and Dr. Felix Morris, nurses, Emily, Christy, Jacob and Patsy, Respiratory Therapy Department, and the whole staff of ECM Intensive Care Unit for so diligently doing everything possible to save her life.

And last but not least, a special thank you to Misty Graves and her one on one staff at The Connor Center. She took such good care of Niki and made sure that her day was filled with the things that she loved to do.

Pallbearers will be, Bubba Montgomery, Jason Montgomery, Tom Wideman, Evan Wideman, Eli Flippen, and Don Montgomery.

Honorary Pallbearers will be, all her friends and staff at, "The Connor Center" and "The Arc of The Shoals."

Niki's visitation will be, Feb. 15, 2014, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at Greenview Funeral Home, Florence; service is scheduled at 3 p.m. in the chapel. Brother David McKelvey will be officiating. Burial will be in Greenview Memorial Gardens.

In lieu of flowers. donations may be made to, "The Connor Center", 4129 Helton Drive, Florence, AL 35630, earmarked "Pavilion in honor of Niki Zahnd."

An online guest book may be viewed and signed at
Funeral Home
Greenview Funeral Home
3657 Old Chisholm Road Florence, AL 35633
(256) 764-2411
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Published in Florence Times Daily on Feb. 14, 2014
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