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08/01/10 - NNHS Newsletter - Marian Clary Ashby

Marian Clary Ashby
(d. 30 July 2010)

Roanoke Rapids (NC) High School / Newport News High School Class of February 1948

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,  

   The sad news continues to arrive. 
    Marian Clary Ashby, Class of February 1948, passed away on Friday, July 30, 2010 in Newport News at the age of 81.

From the Daily Press - 08/01/10:  

                   Marian Clary Ashby

    NEWPORT NEWS - Marian Clary Ashby, died peacefully on July 30, 2010, at the age of 81, with her family at her bedside.

Mrs. Ashby was a graduate of Newport News High School, a member of the Chi Alpha Sorority, and for many years an active volunteer in the Newport News School System. She worshipped at Second Presbyterian Church in Newport News, for 52 years, and had served as a Senior High Advisor.

Marian was preceded in death by her parents, Minnie Grace and Grover Cleveland Clary; sisters, Hazel Clary Powell and Florine Clary Moseley; and brother, Edward Wilson "Monk" Clary.

Survivors include her husband of 62 years, George C. Ashby Jr.; a son, G. Corran Ashby III and his wife, Deborah of Williamsburg; a daughter, Alison Ashby Conte and her husband, Nick of Roanoke; five grandchildren, Jessica Ross, Ashley R. Yeatts, Erin Leigh Ashby, Laura Corran Conte and Nicholas A. Conte; one great-granddaughter, Trish Maples; a brother, William E. Clary and his wife, Elsie; a sister, Lena K. Brennan and her husband Jim; and several nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 2, at the Peninsula Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 3, at Second Presbyterian Church, Newport News. Burial will follow in Peninsula Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Youth Challenge, P.O. Box 543, Newport News, VA 23607.

Peninsula Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published in Daily Press from  August 1 to August 2, 2010. Visit Guest Book


August 01, 2010

Uncle C, Alison, and Corran: What a beautiful woman, wife, and mother. Aunt Marian was special-so loving, kind, and always positive. I enjoyed being around her because of this! I know she will be greatly missed. But I am thankful she is not suffering any longer. We love you all.

John 14:27-29. 'I am leaving you with a gift: peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give isn't fragile like the peace the world gives. So don't be troubled or afraid. Remember what I told you: I am going away, but I will come back to you again. If you really love me, you will be very happy for me, for now I can go to the Father, who is greater than I am. I have told you these things before they happen so that when they do, you will believe in me.'

Love, Robyn and Terry

August 01, 2010

  May God be with you in this time of sorrow. What wonderful memories we will all have of Marian.

~ Bob and Amy Burger, Hampton, Virginia

August 01, 2010

Dear Mr. Ashby, Corran, and Alison: I am saddened by the news of your loss. I will always have sweet memories of Mrs. Ashby--as our neighbor, and as a Godly woman. Please accept my sincere condolences during your time of sorrow. How wonderful and befitting that your family left you a Bible scripture (John 14:27-29). No words can bring more comfort than those of our precious Lord & Savior. God bless each of you & your family.
Love In Christ,
Teresa Liverman Etwaroo (& husband David)

August 01, 2010

George and Family: I was so sorry to hear of Marian's passing. May God be with you and your family always. In Christian Love, Judy Ware Buchanan

~ Judy Buchanan, Newport News, Virginia

August 01, 2010

Marian Ashby was not someone you'd easily forget. I knew Marian through my husband's family, Troy and Jane Wilson. They were members of Second Presbyterian. Marian was at my wedding shower over 28 years ago, she and George attended parties at the Wilson's, and I knew her more personally for about 5 years at Community Bible Study in Newport News. Marian had a "big laugh" and gave "big bear hugs" and she was without a doubt always the life of the party. Marian made everyone feel "welcomed". She also had a "big heart" and a great faith and love for Jesus. I'm so glad I got to know her. Marian Ashby will be sorely missed here on earth by her family and friends, but heaven is now full of her laughter and rejoicing at being in the presence of her Savior.
"Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master's happiness!" Matt. 25:23
May God comfort your hearts,
Mark & Pam Wilson

~ Pam Wilson, Troutville, Virginia

August 01, 2010

Alison and family; Thoughts and prayers are sent your way from Beth and Anne in Roanoke. We hope you have the time to share stories with each other about your mother and grandmother. We will be thinking of you. Let us know if there is anything we can do for you in Roanoke.

~ Beth Vaught Jenkins, Roanoke, Virginia

August 01, 2010



August 01, 2010

Mr. Ashby, Alison & Corran and family -- I just heard about Mrs. Ashby, and I am so sorry! She was always smiling and her presence literally lit up a room! God gave her many talents and she used them all to His glory! I will never forget her and I pray that God will comfort you all with the knowledge that she is HOME with HIM. I know my Daddy (CL Luther) is up there cracking jokes with her now! What a reunion we will all have one day! I love you... God Bless.

August 01, 2010

When I think of Mrs. Ashby, I remember her beautiful smile, warm laughter, and great big motherly hugs. I also remember a strong woman of God and prayer warrior. Her constant presence with the youth at Second Presbyterian helped buoy the faith of us all. Though all of us are saddened by her loss, on the other side of the veil is tremendous joy at her homecoming. We will keep all of the Ashby clan in our prayers! - Lisa Bartlett Ramsey (Winston-Salem, NC)

~ Lisa (Bartlett) Ramsey, Winston-Salem, North Carolina

August 01, 2010

Dear George and Family:

I fondly remember Marian as one of those saintly ladies who was instrumental in leading me to the Lord. She was always kind, gracious, and compassionate. Her laughter was contagious, and she would always show kindness, even to those she did not know.

May God continue to comfort you during your time of grieving.

Many blessings,
Bruce Williams

~ Bruce Williams, Bend, Oregon

August 02, 2010

Hello Ashbys,
I certainly remember Mrs. A from the old paper route days. She was one of my favorite customers with class and a great smile. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

~ Dick Michaelian, Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania

August 02, 2010

Marian always had a smile and a hug for everyone. She was so loving and her joyous laugh was infectious. Your family is in my prayers.

~ Jettie Watts, Poquoson, Virginia

August 02, 2010

Dear Alison, George & Corran, I know how little words written on a page can mean to you at such a time, but I still want you to know you are in my thoughts. I have so many special memories of Marian, and all of you will hold a very special place in my life with memories that will remain forever.

August 02, 2010

We were very sad to hear about Marian. She was a wonderful woman and neighbor - always so kind and ready to give you a big hug. a wonderful example to a newly married couple all of those years ago of a what a great wife and mother looked like. Your family is in our thoughts. tTake care of each other.

~ Chuck and Vicki Covington, Newport News
, Virginia

August 02, 2010

August 02, 2010
Marian and I were in the same graduating class of February 1948. I would only see her on occasion over the years. I worked with her brother "Monk" at Colonial Stores many years ago. George is a great guy and my sympathy goes out to him and all the family.
Bill Gross

~ Bill Gross, Newport News, Virginia

August 02, 2010

Dear George,
So sorry to hear of the passing of our dear Marian. We are in Kansas at another funeral and I'm devastated I won't be there to say goodbye to her.
My prayers are with you.

~ Linda Waters, Poquoson, Virginia

August 02, 2010

Corran, Deb and Family:
Jim and I would like to extend to you both and your whole family our very deepest sympathies!! We know how very difficult this time is for you...our prayers go with you and our love as you walk this path... Please know we are here for anything!
Much love,
Jim, Sharman and boys :)

~ Jim & Sharman Allen

August 02, 2010

My thoughts and prayers are with all of the family. I loved visiting Marian while she was in Roanoke and I will certainly miss her.
Blessings to all as you deal with this loss.

~ Gerald Carter, Roanoke, Virginia

August 02, 2010

Dear Corran, Deborah, and Girls,
We know this has been a hard goodbye, but we pray you know God's peace and mercy during this difficult time.

We love you all. You will be in our thoughts and prayers.

Sam and Genny Barnett, and Family

~ Sam and Genny Barnett, Yorktown, Virginia

August 02, 2010

Dear George, Corran and Alison:
You know that Marian was "Mama" to all of our generation at 2nd Church! She 'raised' us on laughter and love, and taught us all to hold Jesus' hand while we were up at Massanetta. I can still hear her wonderful laugh, and the genuine look of love in her eyes when she hugged me. I have such fond memories of her!! Please know that you are lifted up to our Father in this time of your loss, and that we love you.

~ Lisa (Furr) and Kevin Wilkins, Newport News, Virginia

August 02, 2010

Our sympathies are with all of you. Aunt Marian meant so much to Grammy (Florine) and I know that Grammy was waiting for her and one of her hugs! You are in my prayers!

~ Misty and Ethan Patterson-Faloretti, Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina

August 02, 2010

George, Corran, Allison I'm so sorry for the passing of Marian.. I have not seen her since Granddad Monk passed away! I will always remember her smile and laugh! She always had a big hug for me every time she saw me! My thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time and always! Please let me know if there is anything I can do for you!

When I must leave you for a little while,
Please do not grieve and shed wild tears
and hug your sorrow to you through the years,
But start out bravely with a gallant Smile;
And for My sake and in My name
Live on and do all things the same,
Feed not your loneliness on empty days.
But fill each waking hour in useful ways,
Reach out your hand in comfort and in cheer.
And I in turn will comfort you and hold you near;
And never, never be afraid to die,
For I am waiting for you in the sky!

Terry Lynn Johnson-Brandt and family

August 02, 2010

Uncle C, I am very sorry to hear about Aunt Marian. I always enjoyed her company and she never failed to make me laugh and smile! My thoughts and prayers are with you and the family.

Love, Taylor Hilton

~ Taylor Hilton, Midlothian, Virginia

August 02, 2010

I will always have fond memories of youth group and Mrs. Ashby from 2nd Presbyterian Church. Thinking of her makes me smile. I know she is in God's hands. The world needs more people like her. Much love, Judy Avery Allen

~ Judy Allen, Jacksonville, Florida

August 03, 2010

Dear Uncle C, I am very sorry to hear about your loss, and my thoughts and prayers go out to you and the family! Aunt Marian never failed to bring a smile or laughter to a room and was always the life of the party.

Taylor Hilton

~ Taylor Hilton, Midlothian, Virginia

August 03, 2010

Bill and Family,
Mom and I want to say how sorry we are to hear of Marian's passing. All of you are still like family to us even after Uncle Monk lost my Aunt Mae. Please accept our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

~ Anne and Becky Crenshaw

August 03, 2010

 Dear Uncle G.C., Allison and Corran I can not express to all of you how sad I am on the passing of Aunt Marian. My memories of her are so great.!! I loved and will miss her so much. I will miss her laugh and the sparks in her eyes. She was a wonderful aunt.!!!
Love ,
Betty Jean Hester Stokes

~ Betty Hester Stokes, Jefferson, Georgia

August 03, 2010

  May your glow shine in heaven like it did on earth.!! I love you and will miss you.
Betty Jean and Bill Stokes

~ Betty Hester Stokes, Jefferson, Georgia

August 03, 2010

I am so sorry to hear of your Mom's passing. There is no doubt that there is another angel in heaven now. I can still remember standing in her kitchen baking cookies. She was one great lady. Please extend my condolences to your Dad and Allison.
Much Love,
Becky Solomon Moser

~ Rebecca Moser, Strasburg, Virginia

August 03, 2010

Our condolences and love to the entire Ashby family. Corran and Deborah we pray God's continue strength to you and your precious family during this difficult time. We love you!

Tony & Teresa Cook & girls, Yorktown, Virginia

~ Teresa Cook, Yorktown, Virginia

August 03, 2010

We were so sorry to hear of Marion's passing. We will keep you and your family in our prayers.

~ Russ and Betty Meyers, Jacksonville, Florida

August 04, 2010


August 04, 2010



   Our sincerest condolences are extended to Mrs. Ashby's family and their friends at this difficult time.

       From Dave Spriggs ('64) of VA - 08/02/10, 9:18 AM - "OBIT - Marion Clary Ashby, NNHS 1948 (Feb)":

  When you (redo) her memorial page, you can use these images which appeared in the combined February/June Anchor of 1948.

   Thank you so much, David.


  Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER!  We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty

For All the Saints

- Lyrics by William W. How (1823-1897) , 1864
Music (Sine Nomine) by Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958), 1906

For all the saints
who from their labors rest,
Who thee by faith
before the world confessed.
Thy name, O Jesus,
be forever blest.

Thou wast their Rock,
their Fortress and their Might;
Thou, Lord, their captain
in the well-fought fight;
Thou, in the darkness drear,
their one true light.

O may Thy soldiers,
faithful, true, and bold,
Fight as the saints
who nobly fought of old,
And win with them
the victor's crown of gold.

And when the strife is fierce,
the warfare long,
Steals on the ear
the distant triumph song,
And hearts are brave again,
and arms are strong.

From earth's wide bounds,
from ocean's farthest coast,
Thro' gates of pearl
streams in the countless host,
Singing to Father,
Son, and Holy Ghost,

"For All the Saints" midi and lyrics courtesy of - 04/17/07

Greg Olsen Paintings courtesy of 03/15/05

Silver Scroll Divider Line clip art courtesy of - well, I cannot seem to locate that information at the moment...

Navy Seal clip art courtesy of - 05/29/06

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