Marion “Pie” Ashby, 77, community activist, mentor and trailblazer

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Marion "Pie" Ashby
Marion “Pie” Ashby

Marion “Pie” Ashby, 77, of Williamsburg, died peacefully in her sleep with her son by her side, Sunday morning, Nov. 6, 2016, in Sentara Regional Medical Center, Williamsburg, Va. She was born on September 19, 1939, the eldest child of the late Forest E. and Elizabeth C. Ashby.

In 1957, Ms. Ashby graduated from Bruton Heights School. She furthered her education at West Virginia State College, graduating in 1961. She taught in the Richmond, Alexandria and Washington D.C. Public School systems. She was a devoted member of the historic First Baptist Church, Williamsburg. She was an educator by profession and a servant by Divine Design, a public servant, community activist, mentor, trailblazer and truly a child of God.

“Pie,” as she was so affectionately called, will live on in the lives of her son, Clayton L. Ashby, of Williamsburg; her sisters, Sara Linda Howard (Kirby) and Sharmaine Ellis (Rev. Ronald), all of Williamsburg; her brother, Jan E. Ashby, of Warrenton, Va.; her aunts, May and Mary Cooke; and a host of nieces, nephews, other loving relatives and many caring friends.

A service celebrating her life will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016, in First Baptist Church, with the Rev. Dr. Reginald Davis officiating. Interment will follow in Mount Gilead Baptist Church Cemetery. Family and friends will assemble at 609 N. Henry St. by 12:00 p.m. on Saturday. Ms. Ashby may be viewed from 5-7 p.m. Friday, in the funeral home with the Delta Sigma Theta Omega Omega Ceremony, beginning at 6:00 p.m.