OBITUARY

Ashley Gill Minear

Passed away on November 20, 2021

Ashley Gill Minear, 43, of Winter Park, Florida died peacefully in hospice care on November 20, 2021.

Born and raised in Winter Park, Ashley graduated from Winter Park High School in 1996, majored in Psychology at Flagler College in St. Augustine, FL, and completed an internship at the Neuropsychiatric Institute at the UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles, California. In 2000 Ashley began a career in teaching, where she discovered a love for children with special needs. She went back to complete a master’s degree at the University of Central Florida in special education with an emphasis on early childhood development. She spent many years teaching in Orange County Public Schools, including Pershing Elementary, Pine Castle Elementary, and Audubon Park Elementary, the school she attended as a child. She also taught for 2 years at Ralya Elementary in Haslett, Michigan and worked in Christian education in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, both moves to follow her husband’s career before they moved back home to Winter Park in 2020.

In 1999 a fun summer romance with an old high school friend Andrew Minear grew into a 22-year partnership. Ashley and Andrew enjoyed weekly date nights for most of their almost 18 years of marriage until death did them part. Her idea of a perfect date was to dine at a nice restaurant and enjoy focused attention and conversation. They travelled Europe and loved time at the beach. Joy of joys, they had two precious daughters, Clara and Millie, who were truly the light of her life. Ashley was immensely devoted to her family, and for the last 6 years fulfilled her dream of being a full-time mom.

Ashley took pride in making her home beautiful and keeping it immaculately clean. She was a planner, well organized, and meticulous in everything at work and at home. Ashley was known for being especially kind and thoughtful, always remembering the special days of her family and friends and writing nice hand-written thank you notes.

Ashley was a loyal, trusted friend whose care, wisdom, intuition, sense of humor, and authenticity made an enormous impact on the lives of others. She maintained close relationships with a circle of dear lifelong friends. While living in Tuscaloosa, she found special connection with several women who quickly became cherished friends. Ashley’s sister, Lyndsey, looked up to her “Sissy”, and Ashley loved her little sister deeply. Ashley considered her mom a best friend, and they spoke almost daily.

Above all, Ashley modeled a profound and abiding Christian faith. She prayed constantly and felt renewed by church on Sundays and daily walks or sitting on the boat dock at sunrise or sunset, delighting in the spiritual significance of visits from dragonflies, cardinals, and owls. This love of being in God’s creation took root through decades of annual family trips to Sanibel Island and fond childhood memories of her dad guiding her on adventures through Mead Gardens and fishing on Lake Baldwin.

Ashley’s spiritual life sustained her through a 23-month illness. When she learned of her gastric cancer diagnosis, Ashley sought the best available medical treatment and then shifted her focus to myriad integrative medicine and holistic healing methods, which together provided some happy months and treasured time together as a family.

Giving thanks for Ashley’s life are surviving members of her family: her husband, Andrew, daughters, Clara and Emilia “Millie”, parents Lynne and Charles Gill, sister Lyndsey (Alexander) Stubenbort and their two children, Noah and Stella, and numerous uncles, aunts, cousins, in-laws, and loving friends.

A reception with family and friends for Ashley will be held Tuesday, November 30, 2021 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM in the Bridal Parlor at All Saints Episcopal Church of Winter Park (338 East Lyman Avenue, Winter Park, FL 32789). The family will also receive friends and family on Wednesday, December 1, 2021 from 10:00 AM to 10:45 AM at All Saints (Bridal Parlor) before the funeral service.

A funeral service will be held Wednesday, December 1, 2021 at 11:00 AM at All Saints Episcopal Church of Winter Park (338 East Lyman Avenue, Winter Park, FL 32789) with interment following in Palm Cemetery (1005 N New York Avenue, Winter Park, FL 32789).

In remembrance of Ashley’s life, the family asks that any charitable donations be made to Christ Episcopal Church of Tuscaloosa and to Habitat for Humanity.

Services

  • Reception with Family and Friends

    Tuesday, November 30, 2021

  • Gathering of Family and Friends

    Wednesday, December 1, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Wednesday, December 1, 2021

  • Graveside Service

    Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Memories

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Cheryl Boyd

December 1, 2021

I would like to send my deepest sympathy to the entire family. You all have my sincere condolences.
I did not know Ashley personally but I know her father Charlie.
Charlie spoke to me often about his girls and grandchildren.
May God hold you all tight in his loving arms.
Sincerely,
Cheryl Boyd (paf)

Haley Smalley

November 29, 2021

I was blessed to have known Ashley and her precious family. I was their hair stylist while they lived in Tuscaloosa. God has a way of placing people in your life when you didn’t even know you needed each other. Ashley and I connected instantly. We both have two little girls around the same age. We had great talks of being a mom and wife and some good laughs as well. Ashley was always someone that I looked forward to seeing and would brighten my day. Ashley had such a kind and loving heart and was a beautiful woman. She spoke with such love for her girls and Andrew. It doesn’t seem fair that her time here on earth is done but I do know that she is with God and will suffer no more. Andrew, Clara and Millie, I will be praying for comfort for you and peace in your hearts. I hope your memories of her will help you with the moments of pain that you feel.

Laura Sajeski

November 29, 2021

I had the pleasure of working with Ashley at Pine Castle Elementary. We taught PreK next to each other. I have such fond memories. Ashley was always so positive and had a beautiful soul. She was beautiful inside and outside and I will never forget her. I know she is now resting in the arms of Jesus and is completely healed. My prayers for the family. 🙏❤️ Rest In Peace Ashley.

Michelle Johnson

November 28, 2021

I had the pleasure of working with Ashley at Audubon Park Elementary. She cared so much for her students and always had the biggest smile on her face. I now see her smile each day when I see Clara around school. Ashley, you were a blessing to everyone you met. Prayers for comfort for Andrew, Clara, Millie, and all those who loved Ashley.

Heid Thornley

November 27, 2021

Ashley was a wonderful person. I was blessed to be able to teach with her at Ralya. She was skillful, insightful, and caring - a gift to the world. My thoughts and prayers are with Andrew, Clara, Millie, and all of Ashley's family.

Katie Martinez

November 27, 2021

Thank you for sharing the gift of reiki with me Ashley. It was always a pleasure talking to you and treating you. Rest In Peace

Susan Barnes

November 27, 2021

My prayers are with Ashley’s family. I knew Ashley through our connections at Christ Church here in Tuscaloosa. She was always so kind and loving to everyone she met and we have all missed her so much. I know she is resting in the arms of Jesus and is completely healed now. May God comfort you through this difficult time of grief and loss

Steve Trotter

November 26, 2021

Carolyn,
So sorry for your loss.

Steve Trotter