Ashely Holder | News, Sports, Jobs – Lawrence Journal-World

Mar 1, 2024

135092 rca cmyk 20240229Ashley Dawn Holder, 38, of Lawrence, KS, passed away February 21, 2024, at her home.
She was born January 23, 1986 in Lawrence, KS. She was the daughter of Richard and Judy (Hattabaugh) Holder and the youngest of 4 children.
Ashley graduated from Lawrence High School in 2004. She went on to become a CNA, CMA and later became the Transportation Coordinator for Tonganoxie Terrace, in Tonganoxie, KS. It was here that she found a deep love for caring for others, especially the elderly population. She loved her job and was an example of ‘you can do anything you put your mind to.’ She was 5 feet tall and drove her nursing home bus with ease, always ensuring her residents arrived at their much needed appointments.
Ashley was known for having a huge heart for everyone. She was selfless, always putting others above herself. She had the ability to see the best in people. Ashley had a bright personality, was the life of the party and known for being fun. She was always happy and had an infectious smile that would light up any room. She loved the Jayhawks, Royals and KC Chiefs. She was always up for a good watch party, arriving decked out in all her fan gear, and let's not forget her red lipstick. Ashley often babysat for her nephews and other young family members, she was also a great dog sitter. She was always willing to help out where needed. She had a love for shopping and loved to give, always putting great thought into the gifts she gave. She was a wonderful daughter, sister, niece, aunt, and last, but not least, friend. She loved to talk, and was always a listening ear. Ashley had a profound love for animals. While she didn't have children of her own, she considered her two dogs her ‘fur babies’ and spoiled them with love. Ashley loved a good day at the pool or beach, soaking up the sunshine, spending time with her sisters or friends.
Ashley is survived by her parents, Richard and Judy Holder, of Lawrence, sister, Jennifer Edwards (David), of Lawrence, sister, Melissa Saline (Clint), of Tecumseh, and brother, Jim Holder, of Lawrence.
Other survivors include five nephews, Josh, Nick, Weston, Wyatt and Walker, one niece, Sophia, and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends. She is also survived by her fur babies, Bella and Miles.
Ashley was predeceased by maternal grandparents, Otis and Alma (Poynter) Hattabaugh, paternal grandparents, George and Betty (Merchant) Holder, and nephew, Bradley.
Friends and loved ones will gather on Monday, March 4, 2024, from 10-11 AM at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home. The funeral will directly follow at 11 AM.
Private Interment will take place at Clinton Cemetery at a later date.
The Family suggests memorials be sent to Douglas County Humane Society or St. Jude's, sent in care of Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, P.O. Box 1260, Lawrence, KS 66044
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