Feb. 25, 1940 - Oct. 24, 2010
Deanna K. "Dee" Ashby, Milton-Freewater, passed away Oct. 24, 2010, at Regency at the Park in College Place, at the age of 70 years. Recitation of the holy rosary will be Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2010, at 7 p.m. at the Assumption Catholic Church with Father Tim Hays officiating. Graveside services will be Thursday, Oct. 28, 2010, at 11 a.m. at the Mountain View Cemetery in Walla Walla. Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Mary Regional Cancer Center Special Needs through the Munselle-Rhodes Funeral Home, 902 S. Main, Milton-Freewater, OR 97862.
Dee was born Feb. 25, 1940, in Walla Walla, the daughter of Robert and Angelina Allessio Fox. She grew up and attended schools in Walla Walla, graduating from Walla Walla High School in 1958. On Aug. 8, 1959, she married James Ashby in Walla Walla. The couple lived their entire married life in Milton-Freewater. Dee had worked for Becker Motors, Pacific Finance, Director of Campfire and then for OK Tires for over 30 years. She enjoyed bowling and served as President of the Washington Women's Bowling Association, and as President of the Walla Walla Valley Women's Bowling Association. Dee was inducted into the Washington Women's Bowling Hall of Fame in 2005 and then became a Life Member of the Washington Women's Bowling Association. She had also served on the Milton-Freewater Planning Commission. Dee, aka "Dumb Charlie" enjoyed hunting with her husband and friends. She was a volunteer at the St. Mary Medical Center gift shop. Dee was a member of the Catholic Church.
She is survived by three grandchildren, Steffanie Patterson and Megan Hines both of Milton-Freewater, Tyson Patterson of Lewiston, Ida.; a brother and sister-in-law, Bob and Varga Fox of Walla Walla; a niece, Krista Huntley of Spokane; and a nephew, Casey Fox of Pullman. Dee was preceded in death by a daughter Jamie Lynn Ashby on July 18, 2004. and her husband James Ashby on December 29, 2004.