Sherry Marie Ellsworth Ashby, 71, passed away peacefully in her sleep at her home in San Tan Valley, Arizona on March 9, 2020.
Sherry was born on September 16, 1948 in Cottonwood, Arizona to Kenneth Wallace and Arliss Leamon Ellsworth.
Sherry was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend. She was an amazing example of serving others even until her last day on this earth. Her greatest joy was spending time with her husband and posterity. Even when she was in pain from various health conditions, she could be found calling and visiting with her children, cheering on her grandchildren at their sporting events or attending their concerts. She was always there to give her family a hug and words of encouragement.
Sherry was a gifted artist who loved painting. She shared this talent with many as she spent hours painting woodwork that she designed and gifted to family and friends.
Sherry and Doug met in Mesa, Arizona at a dance before Doug left on his mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in British Columbia, Canada. She wrote to him throughout his mission while attending Ricks College in Rexburg, Idaho. After Doug returned home they continued dating and were married and sealed for time and all eternity in the Mesa Arizona temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on December 6, 1968.
Sherry is survived by her husband of 51 years, Douglas M. Ashby and their five children Richard Alan Ashby (Tricia), Jennifer Ashby Forsgren (Shawn), Lindsey Dawn Ashby Tyler (Douglas), David Wayne Ashby (Danielle), and Michael Evan Ashby (Mari) and her sisters Robyn Tilton and Julie Logan. As well as her twenty-four grandchildren and one great grandchild.
Sherry will be dearly missed by her family and friends.
A visitation will be held on March 13, 2020 from 6:00pm-8:00pm at the Bunker Mortuary, 33 N Centennial, Mesa, AZ 85201.
A pre-funeral visitation will be held on March 14, 2020 at 9:00am at the Val Vista Lakes Stake Center of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1005 Voyager Dr., Gilbert, AZ.
The funeral will follow at 10:00am at the Val Vista Lakes Stake Center.
The Interment will be at 12:30pm at Mountain View Cemetery, 7900 E. Main Street, Mesa, AZ 85207.