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Helen Marie ("Pete") Ashby

February 11, 1933 ~ March 1, 2018 (age 85)

Helen Marie “Pete” Ashby, age 85 of Huntland, Tennessee, passed away on Thursday, March 1,  2018 at her residence surrounded by her loving family. A native Californian, she was born in Escondido on February 11, 1933 to the late Joseph B. Thomas and Anna I. Thomas. She enjoyed gardening, reading, and old westerns, but her greatest love was her family. In addition to her parents, Helen is preceded in death by her first husband, Joseph Evans, and her second husband, Raymond D. Ashby; two sons, Joseph W. Evans and Timothy Evans;  one grandson, Billy Keith Evans; one great-granddaughter Ravyn Finch; three brothers, Chuck Thomas, Ed Thomas and JB Thomas; two sisters, Estelle Lilly and Annabelle McLaren. She is survived by five children, Cheri (Dennis) Backus of Huntland, Tennessee, Kecia Liles of Tullahoma, Tennessee, Karin L. Ashby of  Tucson, Arizona, Kris Ashby of Bethlehem, New Hampshire, and Charles (Stephanie) Ashby of Henderson, Nevada; four siblings, Jim Thomas, and Terry (Sherry) Thomas, both of Silverton Oregon, George (Jeanette) Thomas of Oak Grove, Missouri, and Joan (Vic) Hett of Kenai, Alaska; as well as numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. No formal services have been planned at this time. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial donations be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital located at 501 St.Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105. Memorial date/ time TBA.


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