October 30, 1936 - May 13, 2021
Jerry Ann Ashby, born October 30, 1936 in Dixon, Illinois to Ruth Ann (Paith) Meakins and Jerry Wellington Meakins. Raised in Morrison, IL. Graduated from Morrison High School in 1954. Married Donald R. Ashby on September 19, 1954 and resided in Savanna, II until 1972 when the family moved to Thomson, IL. After the death of Donald Ashby in 1998, Jerry continued spending winters in Apache Junction, Arizona where she met and married Milford Darr Olson on October 2nd 1999. A fifty year member of the Girl Scouts, starting as a Brownie and after being a girl member became an adult volunteer leading troops of Brownies, Juniors, Cadettes and Seniors for many years. She worked for 10 years as a professional Girl Scout Field Director and Public Relations Director for Green Hills Girl Scout Council in Freeport IL until 1982. Jerry attended Highland Community College graduating in 1972 and also attended Shimer College and Northwestern Illinois University. She taught Outdoor Education Pioneer Skills at Taft Campus in Oregon in 1984. Jerry enjoyed working at several newspapers including the Carroll County Review and Quad City Times under the byline "Miles to Go" specializing in tourism and human interest stories. Jerry worked for 8 years at Warren Cheese plant as a sales representative and marketing until retiring in 1999. Jerry was a member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Savanna, IL. Survivors include one daughter, Valareena DeSpain of Thomson; one son, John Lyle (Kelly Bethard) Ashby of Apache Junction Arizona; four granddaughters, Angela (Joe) Taylor of Thomson, Carrissa (Tommy) Groen of Indiana; August Ashby of Chicago, IL; Audrie Ashby of Freeport, IL; five great grandchildren, Aidan Taylor; Lucas Groen; Savanna Groen; Hayley Groen and Johnathan Groen and many nieces and nephews. Jerry was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Donald Ashby; husband, Milford Darr Olson and one brother Alan Ray Walters.
Jerry Ann Ashby, born October 30, 1936 in Dixon, Illinois to Ruth Ann (Paith) Meakins and Jerry Wellington Meakins. Raised in Morrison, IL. Graduated from Morrison High School in 1954. Married Donald R. Ashby on September 19, 1954 and resided... View Obituary & Service Information
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