CECILIA "SASSY" ASHBROOK

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Cecilia Ashbrook "Sassy"  
April 1, 1923 - April 4, 2018  

Cecilia Garcia Ashbrook died peacefully on April 4, 2018, of natural causes surrounded by her two adoring daughters. Born in Bucaramanga, Colombia, she lived and studied in BogotÁ, Brussels, and Canada until she moved to Washington, DC. in the 1930s where she resided until her death. Known as "Sassy" for her vibrant personality, she worked for the United States Information Agency until her marriage to Arthur G. Ashbrook, Jr. in 1964. A devoted mother and volunteer, she dedicated herself to helping others-be it providing a loving environment for her family or caring for the sick and dying as a volunteer at local hospitals, mental health facilities, and hospices. A talented artist, singer, and compassionate friend, Sassy brought endless joy to others. She is survived by her two daughters and their spouses, Yolie Westerstrom Diego (from her marriage to Leonard Westerstrom, deceased) and Dennis Diego and Alexandra Ashbrook and Jim Ehrenhaft and three grandsons, Alex Diego, Ethan Ehrenhaft, and Caleb Ehrenhaft. She also leaves behind her beloved Colombian nieces, Sandra, Patty, and Monica Velez and their families. A celebration of her life will be held on Saturday, June 16 at 4 p.m. at the Little Sanctuary at Saint Albans School in Washington, DC. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Mary's Center, [email protected] and the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC), http://frac.org/.

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Published in The Washington Post on May 16, 2018
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