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Nancy Carol Ashby

June 21, 1930 February 26, 2019
Nancy Carol Ashby
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Obituary for Nancy Carol Ashby

Nancy Carol Ashby, 88, was born June 21, 1930, in Sterling, Colorado, the second of four children to James C. and Carol (Baird) Ashby. She grew up and attended school in Sterling

Nancy started her career working for the Bell Telephone Company as a switchboard operator in Sterling after finishing high school. She used the skills she learned on the switchboard and worked in Denver, and also in Las Vegas, Nevada. She also worked for a trucking company in Canada, and spent time in New Mexico. In Canada, she enjoyed volunteering for the Red Cross delivering supplies. While in Las Vegas, she began working at a veterinary clinic, assisting the Vet and doing dog grooming. She eventually had her own grooming business and pet shop. Upon her return to Sterling she was a dog groomer at Dr. Mark Cochran’s Sterling Animal Clinic.

She was a member of the First Christian Church. She was president of the Shetland Sheepdog Club of Southern Nevada in 1986-1987. Nancy was also a long-time, active member of the Vegas Valley Dog Obedience Club (V.V.D.O.C.). Nancy loved dogs, horses, and most all animals. She was an excellent dog trainer and won awards while showing dogs in dog shows and agility contests. She used her expertise in training to help others with their dogs in classes that she taught.

Nancy also loved traveling, she loved driving her car and riding her motorcycles. During one of her most recent travels, she visited Alaska and went salmon fishing. She shipped home the frozen salmon she caught to share with family. In her younger years, she enjoyed horseback riding and skiing. Nancy was young at heart and eager to try almost anything she thought would be fun. She especially loved playing cards and games with family and friends, young and old. Nancy made everything fun for all. Family and friends are blessed with good memories of Nancy.

Nancy passed away February 26, 2019, in Yuma District Hospital, Yuma, Colorado. Survivors include her brother James B. Ashby (Deanie) of Akron, CO, sister Janice Dermer (Walter) of Aurora, CO, step-siblings Norma Wagner (Dave) of Sterling, Armor Wells of Port Townsend, WA, Bud Wells (Janice) of Greeley, CO, and Kent Wells of Seal Beach, CA. Also numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. She was preceded in death by her father James C. Ashby, her mother Carol (Baird) Ashby, step-mother Lenna Ashby, and sister Roberta Kelley.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, March 29, 2019 at 11:00 am at First Christian Church, 12915 County Road 37, Sterling, CO 80751. Services will be officiated by Pastor Craig Fortunato, Nancy’s great-nephew.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be addressed to First Christian Church or Logan County Humane Society, care of Tennant Funeral Home, PO Box 1547, Sterling, CO 80751.

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Memorial Service




11:00 AM 3/29/2019 11:00:00 AM - 12:00 PM 3/29/2019 12:00:00 PM
First Christian Church, Sterling

12915 County Road 37
Sterling, CO 80751

First Christian Church, Sterling
12915 County Road 37 Sterling 80751 CO
United States

Cemetery Details


Riverside Cemetery, Sterling, Colorado Final Resting Place

18611 US 6
Sterling, CO 80751

18611 US 6 Sterling 80751 CO
United States

Memorial Contribution

In Lieu of Flowers

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be addressed to First Christian Church or Logan County Humane Society, care of Tennant Funeral Home, PO Box 1547, Sterling, CO 80751.

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