Ashley Baganz
1976 - 2015
Ashley Dike Baganz, 38, passed away Thursday, March 26, 2015, surrounded by loving friends and family. Memorial service: 3 p.m. Tuesday at University Christian Church, 2720 S. University. Memorials: In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in Ashley's name to The Black Dog or Light The Fort Worth. If you have an item that is purple, please wear it to honor Ashley. Ashley was born Sept. 11, 1976, in Fort Worth to Barbara and David Dike. She attended Arlington Heights High School, where among many activities she was asked to counsel students in need. She was a cheerleader and voted most humorous. At TCU, she was a member of Tri Delta sorority. In 2006, she married Jason Baganz, and they have two beautiful twins, Blake and Tagg, 3, who are the light of her life along with Jason. She taught school for a living but she was constantly teaching the boys, her beloved nieces and nephews and so many of us. Ashley was known for her honesty and straight forwardness. People were drawn to her with her quick wit and dry humor. She loved planning get-togethers with family and friends. You know you could always just drop by her house. Her friends and family always looked to her for answers and direction. She would tell it like it was in no uncertain terms. Stricken with acute myeloid leukemia in 2007, she began her nearly eight-year fight with leukemia, joined by her family, many friends, fellow teachers, her Westpark Elementary family and many other caring people who heard of her fight against this enemy. Her courage and determination to win the war inspired a group of Ashley and Jason's friends to start the Black Dog Charity and sporting clay shoot benefiting Ashley and other charities. In 2014, she was the honored person in the annual Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Light the Night walk and was a television spokesperson for UT Southwestern where she received treatment from Dr. Robert Collins, head of Bone Marrow Transplant, and his wonderful team. Just recently she did a commercial for LLS and told her story. You can google Ashley Baganz and see her video. Ashley's struggle brought many people together to help her, a testament to the goodness and compassion of people and so doing has enriched our lives. During the last two months, she needed daily white cell donations and within a few days over 100 people joined with her family providing this life-extending treatment. To the people at Carter Bloodcare who worked so hard to provide great care to the donors and to the donors themselves, we are forever grateful. To have one more day, one more hour, one more moment with Ashley blessed us. "Ashley is the strongest person I have ever known" has been said by so many people. So many people were drawn to Ashley, young and old and many people considered her their best friend. You didn't ask Ashley a question unless you wanted an honest answer. Her main goal in the hospital these last few months was to get back to her boys and she fought hard to try to get there. Ashley was preceded in death by her grandparents, Noel "PawPaw" and Ellen "NaNa" Dike and Don L. Smith "Poppy"; cousin, Scott Dike; and aunt, Peggy Smith. Survivors: Husband, Jason Baganz; twin sons, Blake and Tagg Baganz; parents, David and Barbara Dike; maternal grandmother, Mary Adele "Dee" Smith; sister, Wendy Goff and husband, Jason, and their children, Greyland and Evan; brother, Brent Dike and wife, Annie, and their children, Knox, Chandler and Wells; in-laws, Dagmar Baganz, Paul Baganz and his wife, Barbara; aunts and uncles, Buddy and Sara Dike, Shirley and Jerry Houston, Donny and Jody Smith, Jan and Gene Raesz, Shelly and Cindy Smith. She had a very special relationship with her close cousins, David N. Dike and wife, Beth, Michael Dike and wife, Stephanie; Susanne Dial and husband, Jason, Shelly Houston McCormack and husband, Mack, Cindy Houston, Catherine Raesz, Clay Raesz and wife, Heather, and Stacy Pantuck and husband, Brad, and Jay Smith and wife, Elizabeth, Jacy and Kirby Smith; a special family member, Demetrius Mason; and a large, much-loved extended family.
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Published by Star-Telegram on Mar. 29, 2015.
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Ashley was a very good friend to our family and is truly missed, we think of her often but know that she is in a better place, we miss seeing her wonderful Parents.
John and Karen Goodell
March 23, 2021
Ashley was a good friend of ours and our daughters, we miss her but know she is in a better place.
John Goodell
March 23, 2020
It's hard to believe it's been a year. Ashley has been on my mind so much lately. We know she is missed by so many people.

Shelly and Mack
March 31, 2016

we were saddened to hear of Ashley's passing. We pray for strength and healing for her family.
Gary and Beverly Rudder
Beverly and Gary Rudder
April 14, 2015
Dear David and Barbara...My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. God's blessing to comfort you and guide you.
Mary Manry
April 3, 2015
My heart goes out to the entire Dike and Baganz families. My Mom and sister Holly has kept me informed of the courageous battle that Ashley has endured as well as the strength of the donors and family members involved. I have know members of the Dike family for many years but was not honored to know Ashley but feel Heaven must truly be enjoying her company.
Tim Henson
April 3, 2015
im so sorry for your loss Wendy. Praying for you and your family.
Rena' Russell Austin
March 31, 2015
David and Barbara...I'm so very sorry. I remember Ashley well from Heights. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your wonderful family. May God bless you. Love and friendship, Sally Lewis Madole
Sally Madole
March 31, 2015
March 31, 2015
Though I only knew Ashley for a short time I saw her warmth, compassion, and straight forwardness. She is going to be relentlessly missed by everyone. My heart aches for all her family and pray your faith gives you comfort. Jacquelyn Brandon
March 30, 2015
May God's blessings unfold unto the family of Ashley and bring them comfort and healing. God has his hand on her now and will never leave her . - Rodney and Gayle Marek
March 30, 2015
I am so sorry to hear about Ashley, she was such an inspiration to all of us as she was so strong and full of life even during tough times. I will miss seeing her at the TCU Tailgates and catching up. Please know you are all (Jason, Brent, and the entire family) in my thoughts and prayers. Ashley might not be here anymore but she will never be forgotten.
Kelly Reeves
March 30, 2015
Lighting this candle PURPLE for YoU
Ginny Limer
March 30, 2015
Passionate mother, friend, wife, daughter, sister. You are missed, and your family will rally together for you, Jason & those precious boys. ♡ Ginny
Ginny Limer
March 30, 2015
We are so sorry for your loss. Our prayers and condolences go to your and your family. The Lloyd Bishop Family
March 30, 2015
I have kept up with Ashley's illness and triumphs through Matt, my son, and feel the loss as she and Jason were good friends to Matt. The obituary really summed her up and when her battle was over, she went to the Lord on her own terms. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.
Caro T Jackson
March 30, 2015
I met Ashley's older sister Wendy in Kindergarten at Ridglea Hills Elementary. Lots of memories there, but what comes to mind with Ashley is the ONE time I babysat her and Brent. Ash must have been only 6 or 7 years old, and honestly, she didn't remember me when I ran into her many years later on a trip back to my home town, but I do remember her (unforgettable is an understatement). She was, well, let's just say she was a "very precocious" child (in addition to having the best hair on the planet!). Even at that young age, it was clear Ashley knew what she wanted and wasn't afraid to speak up. She would be determined to get her way, but amazingly, she could do so without bending too many rules, so to speak. Even so, being the good babysitter that I was (cough, cough), I somehow managed to get the younger kids into bed just before Mr. and Mrs. Dike got home from their evening events (Ashley pretended to be sleeping, truth be told). Mr. Dike drove me home (a whopping three blocks away, so I probably could have walked home), but to this day I wonder what Ashley told her parents about how the night went because I never babysat her again!! Ha!! We had a fun night I'm sure of it, but the fact that I made sure she was in bed before mom and dad got home probably didn't make me her favorite babysitter. wink, wink.

Oh Ashley, I'm so sorry things turned out the way they did. You had plans, your family had plans...but it wasn't our will that came to pass. Praying you are at peace, and that you know that your legacy goes on. You inspire the world, even those of us who haven't seen your beautiful face in thirty years. Earth is blessed to have had you make an appearance, brief as it was. Thank you Ashley for all that you brought to our world. We will forever be indebted to your spirit. Thank you for bringing your twins to the world, for teaching us all what it means to be strong and courageous.

Christi Harrison
March 29, 2015
As a pledge sister of Ashley's, my heart is deeply sadden to hear of her passing. May God be with her family during this time. Heaven has gained a true angel.
Jill Herndon/Littlefield
March 29, 2015
Dear Barbara and words can express the depth of our sorrow for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
P.D. & Sandra Shabay
March 29, 2015
Ashley will be missed by all who had the privilege to know her.
I remember when she and Jason came to our place in Palo Pinto for our annual crawfish boil. Rob and his family, plus many of their friends showed up to kick off the season of Lent. She was a pleasure to be around! May God bless you all. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
Bob & Cathy Greene
March 29, 2015
We loved Ashly and her beautiful family, she was a wonderful person and will truly be missed. Karen and I will keep her and her family in our prayers.
John and Karen Goodell
March 29, 2015
My deepest condolences. I always remember her wonderful spirit from elementary school. What a wonderful woman she turned out to be. Bless you Ashley.
Ingrid Schaffenburg
March 29, 2015
Ashley was a sweet and kind young lady.Along with a loving husband , the twin boys, her Mom and Dad whom I really loved also and numerous family members and friends I met along the way. She was one of my special patients at UTSW and not only that she and I both were battling Cancer. When I got the news about her it tore me apart. I will miss Ashley her smile our conversations but she knew Mrs Wanda loved her R.I.P
Wanda Neal
March 29, 2015
I am so terribly sorry and heart broken. My childhood was spent with Ashley and the Dike family. I recall many slumber parties and regularly rearranging our bedroom furniture. The crazy strength of 5th graders. Love and prayers to the family. ~Monica Yowell Hunt
Monica Yowell-Hunt
March 29, 2015
My heart aches for you. You are so missed by many. I know I will see you again in Heaven & can't wait to give you a big hug. I love you.
Beth Cesare
March 29, 2015
Dear Barbara and David, I just heard about Ashley and wanted you to know how terribly sorry I am. I still remember her as a little tyke full of fun and energy. I know you are so proud of her and her strength and courage. I will pray for your family.
Shelly Steig
March 29, 2015
Our thoughts are with both families. We grew up with the Dike family and are so sorry for their loss. We are thinking about you.
Doug and Randy Crawford
Doug Crawford
March 29, 2015
March 29, 2015
There are no words to convey the sorrow and the emptiness her passing will leave for so many who knew her. Although, I did not know her nearly as well as I would've liked to I did have the honor of meeting her before her fight began. Her candor and her wit were absolutely the most endearing qualities about her. Her joy, compassion and love of life will resonate through so many for so long. I pray that God take her family now and wrap them in his loving and protective embrace during this time of grief.
Marie Valden
March 29, 2015
I am so sorry to hear the news. I grew up in Fort Worth and spent time with Ashley in high school. She was just such a genuinely friendly and fun person. Prayers for peace for her family.
Ashley Newell Bartlett
March 29, 2015
Sending thoughts of Peace and Strength.
Shannon & Kyle Posey
March 29, 2015
My deepest condolences for the loss of a grat mother, daughter, sibling , friend, and teacher. Ashley will be missed , but her legacy lives on.
March 29, 2015
Go rest high, Ashley!!! Go rest high!!!
Teresa Bishop
March 28, 2015
Ashley and Jason were wonderful neighbors to me. I know the loss is painful. Her life was short but full of meaning and I was blessed to know her.
Connie Langston
March 28, 2015
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