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The family is planning a private memorial event. Memorial contributions may be made to the Kellogg Bird Sanctuary, Kalamazoo Humane Society or the charity of one’s choice.
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Age 97, passed away early Thursday morning January 20, 2022. Dorothy was born in Grand Haven, on October 9, 1924, the daughter of William McKinley and Myrtle (Stevenson) Brown. On February 20, 1947 she married Francis Carroll Ashley who preceded her in death. Dorothy was a world-wide traveler having visited almost every place but Asia. She loved fine art, classical and big band music. Her pets were very important to here. She loved all animals. For many years Dorothy worked as Administrative Assistant for the English, Religion and Philosophy Departments at Kalamazoo College. She was a long-time member of First United Methodist Church of Kalamazoo where she volunteered on several committees. She was an avid gardener and while she loved all flowers, she particularly loved roses. Dorothy enjoyed visiting lighthouses. She also enjoyed reading. Dorothy is survived by her daughters, Carol Ashley of Otsego and Elizabeth “Beth” Ashley of Kalamazoo; granddaughter, Ashley Carol (Ken) Lokosky of Centerburg, OH; nieces and nephews; many friends. Besides her husband she was preceded in death by her parents and a brother and sister law, Kenneth Lee and Shirley Brown.