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March 25, 2010

Ashley Michelle Ward

Athens — Ashley Michelle Ward, 26, was born on Jan. 10, 1984, in Kaufman, to Eric Ward and Sonya Ivey Ward.

She passed away on March 14, 2010, in Athens. Ashley was born with Dandy Walker Syndrome, a rare brain malformation. She continually fought through her illnesses her on earth and is now in heaven with a new body and no more pain.

Ashley graduated from Mabank High School in 2002 where she was an active member of Future Home Makers of America, the school choir, Student Council, and vice president of TAFE. She was also Principal Mark Albin’s student aide her senior year. Ashley was an avid sports fan who enjoyed football, baseball, basketball and was a big fan of the WWE. She was able to meet several of the professional wrestlers and other celebrities, including Justin Timberlake, Wayne Newton, John Cena and Pink. She enjoyed meeting celebrities, collecting many of their autographs. Ashley was a loving, caring and giving person who worked with the Angel Tree Program through the Salvation Army and helped her mother with their in-home day care, “Sony School.”

Left to cherish her memory are her parents, Eric and Sonya Ward, of Mabank; sister, Amber Kimball and husband, Jason, of Richardson; nephew, Lex Ward Kimball, who she loved like her own; grandparents, Bobby and Emma Ward, of LaRue; and Lila and James Lee, of Mesquite; great-grandmother, Margie Ward, of Paris; special dog and companion, Ranger; uncles, Brad Ward and wife, Anna; Ron, Jimmy, and Lonnie Ivey; aunts, Gail Crowe and husband, Darren; Sherry Hogle and fiancé, Kenneth; Vicki Griffis and husband, Sammy; Shannon Denton and husband, Craig; cousins, Brady Ward; Cody Roof; Karah Gilbert; Blaine and Brooke Crowe; and Zoe and Jake Denton; godmother, Lisa Davis; life-long best friend, Crystal Steel, who is serving in the US army in Korea; special friends, Penny Ralfs, of Chester, England; and Brandon Hood, of Mabank; and numerous friends and family.

She is preceded in death by her beloved dog, Pudge; great-grandparents, Don and Lucille Blassingame; Lila Wee and Robert Henry Warren; Wilbor and Jeanette Lee; great-grandfather, Shelton Ward; great-grandmother, Ledell Lee Spears; great-aunt, Lola Mae Walker; godson, Nick Stone; and special aunt, Sally Gilmore.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, March 18, 2010 at the First Baptist Church of Mabank at  2 p.m., with the Rev. L.H. “Hamp” Manning, Rev. Danny Cope and Rev. John Smith officiating.

Burial followed in the Oaklawn Cemetery in Mabank under the direction of Moorhead-Epps Funeral Home of Gun Barrel City.

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The family is asking that donations be made to the Dandy- Walker Alliance at 10325 Kensinton Pkwy, Ste. 384, Kensington, Maryland 20895 ( or the Salvation Army- Angel Tree project at PO Box 602, Mabank, Texas (

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