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Dolores Mae “Dee” Ashley

November 7, 1942 - January 17, 2022

Dolores Mae “Dee” Ashley, age 79, of Middletown, DE, passed away on Monday, January 17, 2022, surrounded by family.

Born in Chester, PA, on November 7, 1942, she was a daughter of the late Rudolph Charles and Theresa Margaret (Murray) Kovac. In her younger years, Dee worked as a school bus driver in the state of Delaware. Later in life, she worked as a cashier at Safeway for 20 years. She had many interests, including sewing, shopping, traveling, and visiting the beach. Dee was an immaculate housekeeper and enjoyed taking care of her home. A talented seamstress, she designed and created wedding gowns, prom dresses, Halloween costumes, and many other pieces. Dee took pride in her appearance, always keeping up with the latest fashion trends, hair, and makeup. She loved her family, and made spending time with them a priority. She was often found taking her grandchildren out to eat and to the movies. Above all, Dee was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, aunt, and friend. She was loved by many and will be deeply missed by all who knew her.

In addition to her parents, Dee was preceded in death by her husband of 35 years, Merrill Reed Ashley, Sr.; grandson, Joshua Ashley; and sister, Harriett Parnell. She is survived by her son, Reed Ashley, Jr. and his wife, Priscilla; grandchildren, Dalton and Julianna Ashley; siblings, Brenda Brown (Howard), Connie Collins, and Kenny Kovac; beloved cousin, Mary Siti, and many nieces and nephews whom she adored.

All services will be held privately.  

The family welcomes flowers to be sent to the funeral home, or contributions may be made in Dee’s memory to Alzheimer’s Association, 399 Market Street, Ste. 102, Philadelphia, PA 19106 or online by clicking here.

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  • Dee was a lovely person. She married Reed who I went to high school with. At one time they lived in my neighborhood.
    I always loved seeing her at Safeway and catching up on what was happening in her life. Her hair was always perfect. I hope all your wonderful memories help you through this difficult time. May she Rest In Peace.

  • I am so sorry for your loss. I worked with Dee at Safeway. She was beautiful inside and out. She always talked about her grandchildren and she loved them so much. I will miss you Dee. God bless. Dawn Farmer

  • So sorry to here about Dee she was a fantastic co-worker and friend.. We had enjoyed dinners at our favorite place Woodys Also she made my first grandsons curtains which when I look at I think of her : She dearly loved her grandchildren .. RIP my friend until we meet again… Love MaryAnne

  • I met Dee at Safeway 25 years ago. She was such a lovely person. We often talked about our grandchildren. She loved her family dearly. I truly missed seeing her, when I went shopping. She will be sorely missed. My condolences to her son and Family.
    My deepest sympathy
    Paula Carradin