Nelsen Williamsburg

3785 Strawberry Plains Rd., Williamsburg, VA


Judith Mathews Ascher

April 5, 1941March 18, 2020

Judith Mathews Ascher passed peacefully at the Brookdale Senior Living Community in Williamsburg, VA on March 18th, 2020. She was 78 years old.

Ms. Ascher was born on April 5, 1941 in Charlotte, NC to her parents Ralph and Thelma Mathews. She graduated from Pfeiffer University with a degree in Elementary Education in 1963. She married Robert Clark Ascher on August 15th, 1964 and went on to receive her Master’s degree in English Studies in 1968 from The College of William and Mary.

Judy was known for her love of life, teaching kindergarten students, and making everyone around her laugh and smile. She and her husband, Bob, retired at 50 and spent 25 incredible years at the home they built on the Albemarle Sound in Snug Harbor, NC. She loved her family immensely and adored her two beautiful granddaughters, Ava and Zoe Tankersley.

Ms. Ascher is survived by her daughter, son-in-law and granddaughters, Christy, Ken, Ava and Zoe Tankersley; her son and his fiancé, Kendal Ascher and William Howe; her brother, Ronnie Mathews of Murrells Inlet, SC.

There will not be a formal service during these trying times; however, please feel free to make a donation in Ms. Ascher’s name to The Dementia Society of America, https://www.dementiasociety.org/donate.


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Judith Mathews Ascher

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Peggy Magahay

April 3, 2020

Am so sorry for your loss. I only met Judy once when she came along with Bob to the the American Legion Auxiliary office at the Hampton V A hospital. They were bringing some of the many donations that the Edenton American Legion Post collected for our clothing room and toiletry room. We still miss Bob's smiling face. Knowing that they were a close couple am glad that they are together again.
Dan and Peggy, and Barbara from the clothing room.

Shirley Beale

April 2, 2020

I taught with Judy at Denbigh Early Childhood Center and she taught my son, Glenn. She was a good friend and a great kindergarten teacher! From first through twelve grade, Judy sent Glenn a postcard each nine weeks when he made the honor roll! When he graduated in 2000, she sent a nice card of congratulations with a note including her memories of him in kindergarten! So thoughtful!
I'm sorry for your loss,

Lauren Londeree Hollar

April 1, 2020

Mrs. Ascher was my kindergarten teacher in 1989. My 2 sisters were also lucky enough to have her. She was very loved by our whole family!
She dressed as a leprechaun on St. Patrick’s Day and led us on a hunt for gold. She was an Elf at Christmas and the Easter bunny for Easter. She was the best teacher!
We did exercises to chicken fat and hatched real chicken eggs. She gave out sugar free candies that were so delicious!
Throughout the years she sent notes in the mail that brightened our day and warmed our hearts. She was truly one of a kind!

I loved her tremendously! She made learning fun and memorable!
She is also the reason that I grew up to be a kindergarten and then first grade teacher myself.

I am so sorry for your loss! Mrs. Ascher was an incredible teacher and person! I feel so blessed to have known her! Thank you for sharing her with us!

Gary Wensel

April 1, 2020

Judy was my son Brian's favorite teacher at Dutrow Elementary. She and my wife Linda were good friends. Judy followed Brian as he graduated from high school and sent him a card. She took a personal interest in her students and cheered their achievements. She was truly what a great teacher embodies. Rest in Peace Mrs. Ascher and thank you ......