Mrs. Marianna O. Ash, age 86, of Winchester, IL passed away Tuesday, July 3, 2012 at 7:40 p.m. in the Lewis County Nursing Home in Canton, MO.
She was born February 10, 1926 in Winchester, IL a daughter of Lee and Anna Nieman Overton. She married Ralph F. Ash on August 17, 1946 in Winchester. He died July 31, 1993.
Marianna attended Point Pleasant Rural School in rural Scott County, graduated from Winchester High School and Western Illinois University with a B.A. degree. She was a renowned first grade teacher and taught in elementary for 31 years while also working as a farm wife and operator with her husband for 50 years. Mrs. Ash was a lover of animals and an avid horsewoman. She also loved reading novels and was a fan of Jane Austen Novels and movie adaptations. Marianna was church organist at Riggston Methodist Church for many years and a member of the U.M.W. for 50 years. She was a member of the Lynnville United Methodist Church in Lynnville, IL.
Survivors include two sons, Fred Lee Ash of Salt Lake City, UT and Dan Ralph Ash of Winchester; two daughters, Mrs. Sharon Kay (Jim) Upchurch of Canton, MO and Mrs. Sarah Ann (David) Roberts of Petersburg, IL; two grandsons, James Andrew (Rebecca) Upchurch of St. Louis, MO and Matthew Aiken (Nichole Cook) of Denver, CO; two granddaughters, Bridget (Jarrid) Beckman of Winchester, IL and Anna (Sam) Fisher of Ewing, MO and seven great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, husband and one brother Richard Overton.
Funeral services will be held Sunday, July 8, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. at the Lynnville United Methodist Church in Lynnville with Rev. Nancy Wood officiating. Burial will be in the Winchester City Cemetery. Visitation will be held Saturday, July 7, 2012 from 2:00 until 4:00 p.m. at the Davis Funeral Home in Canton and from 1:00 p.m. until time of services Sunday at the Lynnville United Methodist Church.
The family suggests memorials be made to the Canton Christian Church or to the Lynnville United Methodist Church in care of Davis Funeral Home, Canton, MO.
Pallbearers: Larry Hoots, Jarrid Beckman, Sam Fisher, Andy Upchurch, Matthew Aiken, Austin Ash and Ryan Beckman