Marilyn F. Ashley

November 18, 1920April 28, 2013


Lynn Ashley, formerly Marilyn Frances Haynes, daughter of Frank F. and Cleo M. Haynes, was born November 18, 1920 in Rock Island, Ill. She was the sister of William M. Haynes who died of cancer in January, 1955. She graduated from Immaculate Conception Academy in Davenport, IA in 1938. From there she moved to Chicago, Il to be with her mother until her death in 1943. She remained in Chicago and worked there for Douglas Aircraft as a riveter and with other companies until she enlisted in the WAC in December, 1943. She served as an AirWAC in Carlsbad, NM, assigned to the 8th Air Force. She scheduled aircraft for training missions flown by cadets learning to be bombardiers. In 1946 she was honorably discharged from the Air Force.

She returned to Chicago where she lived and worked until her marriage to Edward M. Ashley of Gary, IN in 1946. In 1952 Lynn and Ed moved to the Cincinnati area where Ed was employed by General Electric Co. She has four surviving children Edward, Jr.(spouse Lan Ashley), Ann (spouse Everett Rice) , Rebecca (spouse Gary Pocisk), and William Ashley, 11 grandchildren and 7 great- grand children. Lynn worked as a volunteer with young people in her community of Forest Park, OH and with the Presbyterian Church.

In 1977 she enrolled as a student in the then University Without Walls now known as the Union Institute and received a BS degree in Social Psychology in 1978. In the fall of 1978 she enrolled in a Masters Program at the University of Cincinnati and received her MA degree in Educational Foundations in 1979. She chose to continue her education and in 1985 earned a Doctorate in Education.

In 1979 she became involved with a company which had developed educational, behavioral change programs for criminal offenders. She continued working with this company through her educational endeavors while also serving 4 years on Forest Park City Council. She became president of NCTI, the company she had developed and continued to work with criminal offenders. Lynn was a mother and wife, married 56 years to Ed Ashley. She was also an educator, counselor, trainer, and an inspiration to many who knew her. She became an advocate for women veterans recognizing the need for the service of women in the military to be kept in the forefront of history. She was a charter member of WIMSA(Women in Military Service for America) and active in registering women veterans and women currently serving in the military for the memorial which WIMSA constructed in Washington, DC. Lynn was inducted into the Ohio Veterans’ Hall of Fame in 1999. She was an active member of the WAC Veterans Association. She became a member of American Legion Post #644, an all woman post, one of about 8 in the country and was a life member of AMVETS. In 2010 Lynn drafted Resolution 10-1 on behalf of the Greater Cincinnati Women’s American Legion Post 644. The purpose of this resolution was to request the repeal of the Dept of Defense’s policy as it related to the assignment of women in combat situations, such as Iraq and Afganistan; requesting that these women be recognized as combat veterans and that they receive all benefits associated with that classification. The resolution was passed at the American Legions National Convention in Milwaukee Wisconsin and later adopted by the National Executive Committee of the American Legion. In 2011 she was the first recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award presented by the VA Medical Center. She also became involved in the Hornets Breakfast Group.

Lynn was very active in the Forest Park Block Watch initiative.

She enjoyed her pond with waterfall and fish during the warmer months and reading when it got cold.

She and Ed traveled around the world and to many European and Eastern countries and to several parts of the United States and Central America.


  • Visitation Thursday, May 2, 2013
  • Funeral Service Thursday, May 2, 2013

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Amy Vlasity

May 8, 2013

My thoughts and prayers are with the Ashley family. Lyn and Ed were great friends of my parents, Dick and Janie Gullette. They (Lynn and Ed) showed my parents the world....through travel. Lyn and my mother were great travel companions. At the time of Lyn's passing, they were planning a trip to get together. I was saddened to hear of her passing, but I know she was a wonderful lady. Lyn, you will be missed by many. To the Ashely kids....I am very sorry for your loss. She loved you all and spoke highly of you. May you rest in peace Lyn.
Love, Amy Gullette-Vlasity

Kira Kuck-Hersch

May 2, 2013

My thoughts and prayers are with the Ashley family. Such an incredibly strong woman which an equally inspiring life, in time may you all find comfort in the happy memories of her extraordinary life, accomplishments, and achievements that have paved the path for many women ahead. With Love, Kira Kuck-Hersch

Kenny Power

May 2, 2013

I was honored and humbled to meet this amazing woman during the Carlsbad Army Airbase Reunion in Carlsbad, NM. She was such a vibrant and dynamic personality. A great loss indeed.

Ken Power

George Derrick

May 2, 2013

Although I only heard about Lynn thru Facebook I was sad to hear of her death. RIP Lynn. You were an American hero.
George Derrick

Linda Thomas

May 2, 2013

I'm so sorry to hear of your mother's passing. She was truly an inspiring woman. It's a sad day when we lose our mother. God be with you. XO

Bobby Lee Silliman

May 2, 2013

Susan Tully

May 2, 2013

I had the privilege of meeting Lynn in 1992 at the 50th aniverary of the WAC. She was an inspiration and an example to all who came in contact with her. I am sorry I never met her family - you all were fortunate to have such a lady as a mother, friend and mentor. She will be sorely missed. My sympathy to you all.
Susan Tully (USAR Retired)

Bobby Lee Silliman

May 1, 2013

I am deeply saddened to hear of Lynn's passing away. My heart goes out to all of her family. Lynn was and is my hero on so many levels.....and I never met her face to face, She will always be inside me as I am sure she is with countless others whom live's she touched . Godspeed, my Carlsbad Army Air Field friend!....... Bobby Lee Silliman ( Carlsbad Army Air Field Facebook )

Joyce Leneave

May 1, 2013

Lynn will always be a true National Treasure. An American hero who was selfless & always working to create positive change. She believed in me when I didn't believe in myself. Thank you Lynn.

Karen Kish

May 1, 2013

My thoughts and prayers are with the family on the loss of your beloved mother. I had the honor and privilege of getting to know Lynn over the many years working in my current position. She was a trail brazier for many women who choose to serve in the military. I will truly miss her friendship and counsel.