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Columbia Missourian

Mary 'Lou' Starrett Ashley, June 5, 1928 — Jan. 9, 2013, of Columbia

January 11, 2013 | 12:35 p.m. CST

Mary “Lou” Starrett Ashley, 84, born June 5, 1928, to James Conrad and Elizabeth (Dunscomb) Starrett, died January 9, 2013.

Mary Lou was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Dave Ashley, and her parents, Elizabeth and Connie Starrett. She leaves behind her daughters, Pam and Sandra Ashley of Columbia, MO, and her grandchildren, Brooke Ashley Maples of Westport, CT, Emily and Alex Thornton of Columbia, MO and three great-grandchildren.

Lou retired from a long and successful career as a real estate broker in 2005. She enjoyed her work as a broker and realtor and cofounder of the House of Brokers Reality. She held the office of president of the Columbia Board of Realtors. She attended the University of Missouri – Columbia where she met her husband, Dave. They were lifetime members of the Mizzou Alumni Association and attended Tiger basketball and football games religiously for 45 years.

Lou and Dave were dedicated members of First Presbyterian Church. Lou was also an avid bridge player. She loved music and dancing, theatre and was a world traveler. Lou had said on numerous occasions, “This has been a wonderful life! I have loved it all!” She will be deeply missed by her family and friends. Mary Lou Ashley had a great gift and love for life.

There will be a visitation from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm on Monday, January 14, 2013, at Memorial Funeral Home, with a graveside ceremony to follow at 2:30 pm. Interment will be in Memorial Park Cemetery.

Memorial donations are suggested to Rainbow House, National Stroke Association, or the Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri.

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