Dorothy B. Ashby
1927 - 2021
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Dorothy B. Ashby

Daleville - Dorothy Frances (Bedell) Ashby, 93, of Daleville and formerly of Churchville, died Tuesday, April 20, 2021.

Born October 20, 1927 in Baltimore, Md., she was the daughter of Richard and Frances (Fulton) Bedell. Dorothy earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Maryland. She served the Churchville community as a postal clerk for many years prior to retirement. Dorothy was a member of Loch Willow Presbyterian Church, and loved to read and travel.

She was preceded in death by her husband, John Turner Ashby, Sr.; an infant son, Kenneth Michael Ashby; and a brother, Richard Bedell. Surviving are two children, John T. Ashby, Jr. of Roanoke and Karen A. Cruise of Daleville; two grandchildren, Justin A. Cruise and Jordan S. Cruise; three great-grandchildren, Olivia, John and Makayla; and numerous cousins, friends and neighbors, especially in the Churchville community.

A private burial service was held in Green Hill Cemetery.

Memorials may be directed to the Churchville Rescue Squad, PO Box 608, Churchville, VA 24421.

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Published in The News Leader from Apr. 22 to Apr. 25, 2021.
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April 23, 2021
To the family of Dorothy: My name is Carol Byrd and I work at the Staunton Augusta Family YMCA where Dorothy was a faithful member for many years. She found a wonderful combination for her workout . . . . work out on the machines and talk to friends . . . . which she had many. We've missed her since she moved, and have spoken of her often. Her memory will always be etched in our hearts . . . Rest in peace, dear friend . . . .
Carol A. Byrd
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