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23038049 ashleyDorothy Ashley
January 03, 1917 - May 13, 2017

Dorothy was born on January 3, 1917 and passed away May 13, 2017 at St. Joseph's Hospital in Pontiac after a brief illness.

Dorothy was born and raised in Bridgeport, Michigan to Fredrick and Lena Mc Nally. Her father built much of the highway system around the Saginaw and Bay City area. Her mother was the Postmistress of Bridgeport. She was a graduate of Saginaw High School and St. Mary's School of Nursing during The Great Depression. On July 19, 1941 she married W. J. "Jerry" Ashley and moved to Detroit. Her husband, who predeceased her, was the owner of Dy Dee Wash and Hospital Service of Michigan. Later in life he owned Saginaw Sales, at the time the largest landfill in Michigan.

Dorothy loved her life in Detroit. She raised her family in the area of the University of Detroit, living on Parkside And Oak Drive. in the 1970's they moved to Bloomfield Hills, where they resided for over forty years. She was active in many charities and "gave back" for her entire life. She was active in The Christ Child Society for over fifty years.

The Ashley family did something almost unheard of in the 1950s when they moved to Rome, Italy in 1957-58. They loved their time in Rome and lovingly recalled those stories throughout dozens of family reunions.

Ten years ago, at age ninety, Dorothy and several members of her family members visited Hoover Dam in Nevada. Peering into the distance she recalled: "I haven't been here for quite awhile. The last time was 1931 when they had just broken ground."

Dorothy was a life-long Notre Dame football fan, the alma mater of her husband, heading to South Bend for a few games annually. She had a dinner bet with her brother Bill, a University of Michigan graduate, with the loser picking up the tab.

To everyone's amusement Dorothy started every day by having a piece of her beloved Sanders' chocolate.

Dorothy was predeceased by her loving husband of sixty-two years, Jerry (1911-2004) and her sister Grayce Mc Nally Baxter and brother William "Bill" Mc Nally. She is survived by her three children Tom Ashley of New York City, Camille (Peter) Gude of Louisville, Ky and Paul Ashley (Vella) of Bloomfield Hills along with seven grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren. All members of the family had recently gathered for a series of parties to celebrate Dorothy's one-hundredth birthday. She lived for her family and for her faith.

Dorothy, an elegant a lady, was loved and will be missed by all.

Funeral Mass Wednesday, 11:00am at St. Hugo of the Hills Stone Chapel, 2215 Opdyke Rd., Bloomfield Hills. Visitation at the chapel begins at 10:00am. With final rest at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Southfield, Michigan.

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