We already miss you Ashley!

In the afternoon of Tuesday, July 6 2010, our dear Ashley passed on. She was in no pain, and her family and friends were with her.  She was so brave and fought very hard for 39 days, but her injuries were just too severe.

The money we have raised so far for Ashley will go to help cover funeral expenses and other financial burdens the family may have during this difficult time.  Any money left over will go to the Ashley Ames Scholarship Fund so that other independent young adults like Ashley may be less burdened in their dream of attending college.

We are moving forward with the  Art Show Benefit, “Ashley Fest” at the Indigo Art Gallery in Champaign on July 29, 30, 31, as a way to honor and celebrate Ashley’s life. Proceeds from this event will go to her Scholarship Fund.

There will be a visitation for Ashley open to everyone at the Frank & Bright Funeral Home in Flora, Illinois,  Saturday, July 10 from 5-8 PM.

For directions, check their website:


There will be a Candlelight Memorial walk from the house, 814 W. Stoughton St. in Urbana, at 8:00 PM on Sunday, July 25, which will conclude at the Independent Media Center @ 202 S. Broadway (in the same building as the Post Office) for people to share stories and memories about our dear Ashley. Feel free to write a letter to Ashley or her family & friends, or bring pictures.

Thank you all so much for your continued love and support.  Each and every donation has provided the family and friends with such comfort, knowing that people love and care about Ashley. Strangers and friends alike have come together, and through your generosity this fund has provided comfort and fiscal support for the family through this time of hardship.  The donations will continue to help make dreams come true.

“Life is eternal, and love is immortal, and death is only a horizon; and a horizon is nothing save the limit of our sight.” R. W. Raymond

Ashley, you are in our hearts and thoughts always. We will see you in everything good and beautiful in this world. Until we meet again, we love and miss you more than words can describe!♥♥♥

“And we all shine on, like the moon and the stars and the sun.” J. Lennon

After all, we are all just made of stars. Shine on Ashley, we love you!

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    James said,

    I had moved away from our hometown of Champaign/Urbana when the fire happened, and yet my heart still broke when I read about someone so young and happy being hurt in the fire.

    I didn’t know Ashley, but it’s clear to me that she was someone who cared for the people around her and had a bright future ahead. The number of emails and facebook posts I saw encouraging people to pray and donate on her behalf shows how loved she was.

    She was so special that her story touched me, a complete stranger, and I’m sure it touched many others as well.

    I will continue to keep Ashley and her loved ones in my thoughts and know that her memory will be cherished by everyone. Indeed, Ashley, we already miss you.

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    Kathy Doty said,

    I met Ashley’s mom in the ICU waiting room right after the fire. I was so sad to hear of Ashley’s passing. I am praying for this family right now and know that the hurt and sadness may never truly be completely gone. May you always rejoice in the life that Ashley had and the wonderful memories that will never go away!

    God’s peace,

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    phoenix said,

    I first heard about Ashley on wpgu radio, and was touched. I am so sorry to hear of her passing and the loss to her family. I never knew Ashley, but she is in my thoughts.

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