Olive Ashby
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Celebration of Life

A celebration of Olive's life will take place in mid-September

Obituary of Olive Ashby

Olive Ashby passed away peacefully after a short illness age 88 in the late hours of July 30, 2019, at home in Merrickville.


Olive is survived by her son, Graham (Janet Anderson); her daughter, Zoë (David Hoffman); and her son Vernon. She is preceded in death by Alan Ashby, her loving husband of over 65 years; her father, Griffith Hughes; her mother, Martha Hughes; and her sisters, Margaret Lessels and Barbara Cook. She will be fondly remembered by her grandchildren Skye, Robin, Adam, Nathan, and Charlotte and her great grandson Caio. Also greatly missed by many other family members in England and Canada.


Olive was a people person, always ready to help others with generous enthusiasm and a laugh that was infectious. An avid and accomplished craftsperson, her teddies have been hugged and loved by both children and adults. From Wales to England and then to Canada, Olive touched many lives as someone who cared passionately for fairness while celebrating the joys of everyday life.


Olive’s openness ensured she had countless friends regardless of age or background, maintaining some friendships for over 70 years. She was dedicated to her family, supportive of all their endeavours and cherishing their time and talents.


Olive was a sweetheart who filled hearts with joy.  She will be truly missed.


Olive was a great lover of cats and theatre. Donations in her honour can be made to the Lanark Animal Welfare Society (LAWS) and the Smiths Falls Station Theatre.


A celebration of Olive’s life will take place on September 14, 2019 from 1:00pm - 4:00pm at the Smiths Falls Station Theatre.

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