|Birth: ||Feb. 8, 1951|
West Virginia, USA
|Death: ||Feb. 16, 2010|
West Virginia, USA
Linda Lou Ashby
February 16, 2010, was a day that two little children lost their beloved "Nana." Caleb Ashby and Kyah Stump dearly loved their Nana, Linda Lou Meek Ashby. She courageously battled her illness of multiple sclerosis and cancer with dignity and character. She cherished her two little grandchildren and was aglow whenever they were near her.
Linda was born in Clarksburg on February 8, 1951, a daughter of Floyd and Helen Meek. She attended Clarksburg Washington Irving High School, from which she graduated in 1969. Upon her graduation from high school, Linda enrolled at Glenville State College, where she earned an AB degree in education in 1972. Following her attainment, she attended West Virginia University, where she received a master's degree in secondary education in 1979. She then continued her studies to obtain 45 additional graduate hours.
While in high school, Linda was a member of the Drill Team as well as a participant in many other extracurricular activities and clubs. At Glenville State College, Linda was a member and vice president of Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority. In addition to this, she was a varsity cheerleader for both the GSC football and basketball teams.
Linda spent over 30 years as a professional educator and worked in several West Virginia school systems, as well as schools in the state of Virginia. Her teaching "hats" were numerous: She was an FBLA adviser, yearbook adviser, cheerleader adviser and volunteered many evenings to assist in various school functions. She was admired by her fellow staff members for her grit and determination and was viewed as a "favorite" teacher by many of her current and former students. She was truly devoted and dedicated to her profession.
Linda's interests were reading; she loved movies and she adored her family times. Whenever she knew that her children were coming home, she was always excited, especially at Christmastime and reunions. Her zest for life and her positive approach to everything was infectious. She always had kind words for everyone she knew and never complained about anything that she experienced. Through all her pain and suffering, she kept a positive outlook that God knew what He wanted from her life.
Linda was a wonderful wife, mother and grandmother (Nana).
She leaves to mourn her husband of 37 years and best friend, Paul Edward Ashby Sr. of West Columbia; her parents, Floyd and Helen Meek of Lake Floyd, Bristol; her siblings, twin sister, Brenda DeGarmo and her husband, Daniel, of Lake Floyd, Floyd Allen Meek Jr. and his wife, Joyce, of Wilmore, Kentucky, and William Grady Meek and his wife, Kim, of Morgantown.
Linda also leaves behind her most precious and loving children, Paul Edward Ashby Jr. and his wife, Shasta, of Charlotte, North Carolina, and Nicole Linn Stump and her husband, Jason, of Fairmont. Several nieces and nephews will miss their "Aunt Linda", who always showed her love to them, as well as two great-nephews.
The entire family will forever be saddened by our loss but we live with the belief in our hearts and souls that God needed our precious mom to serve Him.
Linda was a Christian, a Methodist by faith, and still shared a strong bond with our Lord until her last day on earth.
She was preceded in death by her maternal grandparents, Grady and Mary Criss of Anmoore; and paternal grandparents, William and Anna Meek of Clarksburg. Her special "little" sister, Mary Ann Meek Courtney of Lake Floyd, also preceded her in meeting our Lord.
Friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, February 19, at the Davis-Weaver Funeral Home, 329 E. Main St., Clarksburg, where a funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, with the Rev. Kevin Bender presiding. Interment will follow in Floral Hills Memorial Gardens.
As per Linda's request, in lieu of flowers, an education fund will be set up for Caleb, Kyah and our new June 2010 little boy. Donations may be sent to their granddaddy, Paul E. Ashby Sr., Route 1 Box 115, Valley Brook Lane, West Columbia, WV 25287.
This is a Davis-Weaver service.
Floral Hills Garden of Memories Cemetery
West Virginia, USA
Created by: Doris Aliff
Record added: Mar 02, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 49006756
Added: Mar. 2, 2010