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Judilyn Ashley


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Judilyn Ashley Obituary
December 3, 1948 - March 6, 2016 Judilyn Predmore Ashley expired peacefully in her sleep on March 6, 2016. Born in Toledo, Ohio December 3, 1948, she was raised in Upper Sandusky, Ohio, attending parochial school through the eighth grade, and graduating from Upper Sandusky High School in June 1967. She matriculated to Bowling Green State University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Education. Upon graduation, Judie completed learning disability and behavior disorder certification requirements at Ohio State University, and taught for one year in a primary learning disability classroom near Columbus. Then she accepted a position as a speech and hearing therapist for the Carey Public School System. Subsequently, Judie returned to BGSU and acquired a Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology. Along with two of her best friends from BGSU, Judie traveled to Bakersfield, California in 1976, accepting a position as speech pathologist for the unified school district. She established an instructional program for primary school-aged aphasic children with severe oral language handicaps. One summer trip to Newport Beach, CA convinced her to take up residence there and find a teaching job in Orange County. The Brea-Olinda School District hired her to launch a learning program for aphasic children of primary school age at the Mariposa Elementary School. The next year she was transferred to the Arovista Elementary School to do the same thing there. She remained at Arovista for five years, commuting daily from Newport Beach. Judie met her husband-to-be, Tom Ashley, on a blind date set up by friends in Bakersfield. He was living on Balboa Island in Newport Beach. They got along splendidly and eventually married. Tom was the president of a consulting company that performed marketing, economic planning, and development programming services for corporations world-wide. As a result of this, Judie was able to accompany him on multiple trips abroad. She loved being exposed to new cultures and to stay in enchanting places she had only dreamed about. They bought an oceanfront timeshare apartment in Puerto Vallarta, MX and vacationed there every year. Rather than continue with her teaching career, Judie wanted to become a librarian and promote child literacy development. She started with the Newport Beach Public Library Department, where she remained 10 years. Then, she accepted an appointment to the Long Beach Public Library Department, working transitionally at the Ruth Bach, Bayshore and Bret Harte libraries for eight years as children's librarian. Judie was eminently successful in her job; and her fellow librarians, family and friends echoed their love and respect in eulogies rendered at her "Celebration of Life" ceremony. She will be sorely missed. She is interred at Fairhaven Memorial Park in Santa Ana, CA.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Apr. 2 to Apr. 3, 2016
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