A public memorial service for Ashley Aven is set for Aug. 25 at 1 p.m. at the Westgate Chapel in Edmonds.
Ashley lost her courageous battle with acute myeloid leukemia early Sunday morning. She was 18.
Connie Perry, one of Ashley’s grandmothers, said she was surrounded by family at her Lynnwood home when she died at 2:25 a.m. Sunday.
Ashley was diagnosed with the rare disease on July 8, 2009, following her junior year at Meadowdale High School, where she was a starter on the softball team. She and her family vowed to beat it, but after rounds of chemotherapy at Children’s Hospital were no longer effective, Ashley was sent home early in January.
Doctors gave her two months to live. She defied the odds by six months and inspired many along the way, refusing to give up — even to the end.
“She was still fighting,” her grandmother said.
I hope to speak with Bill Aven. Ashley’s father, later today. We should have a more detailed story on-line and in Wednesday’s newspaper.
The Westgate Chapel is located at 22901 Edmonds Way and seats 1,163, according to a spokesperson there.
Funeral arrangements are being handled by Beck’s Funeral Home (405 5th Ave. S., Edmonds, 98020), where flowers for Ashley and her family will be accepted. And donations are still needed for the Ashley K. Foundation and can be made at any Wells Fargo Bank branch.