Katie Lee Ashmore, 87, passed away peacefully in her own home on Monday, August 7, 2023, surrounded by her family. She is predeceased by her husband, Lawrence C. Ashmore and son, James V Ashmore and her loving older sisters, Mary Joe McGee and Louise Chandler.
She is survived by her children, Douglas C Ashmore (Cathy) and Laura Lee Ashmore Hinkle and grandchildren, Lauren Ashmore, Campbell Ashmore, Sam Ashmore (Anna), Anna Lee Ashmore (Enrique), Lillie Hinkle, Sue C Ashmore and Ellie Hinkle. She also leaves 3 great grandchildren, Sarah Ward, Reeves Ashmore and Margaret Lee Ashmore.
The family would like to extend a special thanks to the team of caregivers and doctors whose compassion and expertise were a guiding light for Katie Lee and her family throughout her journey with Parkinson’s Disease. Thank you to her caregivers, Beverly Hailstock, Sandra Rice, Always Best Care, and Eva Walker for their compassion and humor during her extended stay at home. In addition, the family would like to recognize Katie Lee’s team of doctors, Dr. Connie J. Blackstone, and her nurse Jayne Bouton, Dr. Cody Freeman, Patrice Hazan and GroupHab Physical Therapy for their personable and empathetic care.
Born in tiny Quitman, Ga, Katie Lee made a bold move and graduated from the University of Colorado School of Physical Therapy in October 1958. She began practicing in Arkansas where she met and married Lawrence. They moved to South Carolina soon after.
Katie Lee was an avid painter and enjoyed an active lifestyle into her 80’s. She was especially known for her quick wit and sense of humor. In her final wishes, she wrote to her family, “I have just passed through the door, and I won’t lock it behind me. Enjoy the rest of your lives and remember to keep on loving each other as much as I have always loved you.”
There will be an informal visitation at the home of Katie Lee Ashmore on Friday, August 18th from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. A private family service will be held on Saturday, August 19, 2023.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Greenville Area Parkinson’s Society at http://gapsonline.org; Greenville County Museum of Art at http://gcma.org; or the charity of your choice.
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