June 5, 1973 - August 1, 2022
Ashley was born in Fayetteville, AR on June 5,1973 to parents who adored her. She attended the Anthony School, Pulaski Academy and graduated from Central High with honors and as a National Merit Commended Scholar. She attended Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania. Ashley attended summer camps in Arkansas and Texas and also enjoyed beach time at her paternal grandparents home in Sarasota, Florida and lake time at her maternal grandparents' lake house in Arkansas. Holidays were the best, with a large extended family including a great grandmother, grandparents, aunts, uncles, many cousins, extended family and a multitude of friends.Fordyce and Temperance Hill were favorite gathering places with precious memories.Ashley was an avid reader who always enjoyed reading a good book, loved playing tennis and snow skiing with her dad. She accepted Christ as her Lord and Savior at age 7 at St. Paul's Church in Fayetteville.Though much of her growing up years were seemingly idyllic, at some point all that changed, and the valleys became more frequent than the peaks. Ashley suffered mightily with addiction and mental illness.She hated it and fought it as long as she could.We as her family remained involved and along with some faithful friends who stuck with us throughout the years, we prayed incessantly and never gave up hope. In Christ alone our hope is found. For those who knew her please remember her heart, for that is what never changed. She was a child of God.She was preceded in death by grandparents, Graydon and Eileen Parham of Fordyce; Colonel John and Jo Boyt of Sarasota; uncle, Jay Parham of Fordyce and aunt Mary Jo Sullivan of Little Rock.She leaves behind her father and sweet stepmother, Jim and Kathy Boyt of Pittsburgh, PA; mother, Dianne Woods and son, Michael of Little Rock; two half siblings, Zachary and Quinn of PA; two uncles from AR and CA, an aunt from GA; cousins in AR and CA; special cousins, Mike Sullivan and Paige Parham from Little Rock, John David Parham from Conway and a very large extended family. She loved everyone dearly.Let us hold her dearly in our hearts."On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you."John 14:20
Although I had never met Ashley, I do know she was well loved.
I’m so sorry about Ashley. We never really knew each other, but I remember her as a baby , and how everyone at Grandmother Parham’s talked about her being the most beautiful baby ever. My thoughts and prayers are with you and Micheal.
Diane and Family,I am so sorry to hear about Ashley. I remember her as a little girl and Dad playing jokes on her.She was so adorable. My deepest condolences. Toni
The memories are unforgettable, Ashley. I hadn’t seen you in years and then finally did and we were both pregnant. Loved catching up with you. All the childhood memories in the heights, roller rink, and all the sleepovers. Your house was more fun than mine. Always stocked with the good food. Love you, girl! Your son is perfect and will be perfectly taken care of. Rest easy, Sis. You are loved.
Diane and Michael, I am so very sorry. From the words you have shared about Ashley, I know she is so special and someone I would have loved to know personally. I am encouraged to know that you will both see her again one day in Heaven, completely restored. I will be praying for peace and comfort that God will provide. We love you. Julie, Chris, Calvin and Charlie
I feel as though I know her personally through this beautiful tribute! I’m so grateful that we can know where she is and that she is completely healed. I’m praying for comfort during this time for all of the family.
Dianne,Your words are a beautiful tribute to Ashley. I am so sorry for your loss. Sympathy and comfort to you and Michael. Karen
Sending you my deepest sympathy as you grieve the loss of Ashley. Though I didn’t know Ashley, I feel I know her now after reading her beautiful obituary. I can’t imagine the pain & shock you are feeling, but do know that you are being lifted up in prayer by your many friends. I will continue to carry you close in my heart as you process your loss. I send you & Micheal much love and pray the Lord’s comfort for you both.
My deepest sympathies Jim and to the rest of the family. It is a tragic loss to lose your lovely daughter Ashley. Our faith brings us hope and comfort that we will all be reunited in heaven through the saving grace of our Lord Jesus Christ.
What beautiful words! Hold all the good memories tightly. May Ashley Rest In Peace and may you, Jim, and Michael be blessed with divine peace now and in days ahead. Love you.
I am so lucky and grateful to have had Ashley as my older cousin. She shared so many wonderful books with me all through my childhood, and I always looked up to her and wanted to be just like her. She was one of the kindest, most gentle souls any of us have known. Rest in love, sweet cousin. ❤️
Ashley's Obituary is the most beautiful obituary I have ever read! Although I never met Ashley, I felt I knew her through all the stories you shared with me about her life. I had an opportunity to listen to a conversation you had with her one day in the car; you asked her a question and she replied in this beautiful southern voice "Yes Ma'am. The respect and love she had for you resonated in that reply. It made such an impression on me, and validated what a sweet and loving heart Ashley had. My prayers are with you and Michael as I know she will be truly missed.We love you, BettyCarol and Ray
Thinking of her family and praying God’s comfort would be felt during this difficult time. I am so sorry for your loss.
Your baby girl is beautiful and looks so much like your mother. I wish I had known Ashley. I know how much you and Michael loved her. A child should never go before their parent. You were a wonderful mother and you were always there for her. My heart breaks for the hurt that you and Michael are going through. I am sending so much love to the two of you. I wish I could be there with you tomorrow. Always remember how much our family loves you.
Diane and Michael, we are so sorry for your loss. We can’t imagine the pain you are going through. Please know that we are here for you if you need anything. We love you and are praying for you through this difficult time!
What a beautiful girl & obituary, my heart is heavy for you & your family. I am praying for peace & understanding in the days ahead, love to you & Michael, Connee
Diane , This is the most beautifully written obituary that I have honestly ever read!!!!What a pretty young lady!!! I can see the sweetness in her smile!!!💕beautiful I am keeping you , Micheal and family in my thoughts and prayers!
You’re little girl had her “ earthly tent ripped & torn away, but the Master tent maker has given her a new one, never to be torn again.” May you have God’s peace & comfort Diane.
DianneSuch a lossI remember her well!During her high school yearsEven went to her high school graduation.She was a beautiful young ladyAnd will be missed by so many friends and familyStay Strong! Bill
Beautiful Obituary and Beautiful Child. My prayers are for healing and peace. Sent with love and remembrance
What a sad loss for all who knew the best, loveliest Ashley. We shared many good times at DeGray and in Fordyce. All the love in the world to those she left behind.
So very sorry for your loss, Dianne. The obituary is beautiful. Praying for peace for you and your family.
Diane, I am so very sorry for your and Michael's loss. I’m glad that Ashley had so many who loved her. Cousin Melinda
I'm so sorry, Dianne. Such a tragic loss. But what a beautiful obituary. I wish I could have known her better.
Our deepest condolences! A lovely obituary. Our thoughts and prayers to Jim and Diane and everyone who supported Ashley throughout her time here.
Our condolences to our sweet friend Dianne and Michael on this unimaginable loss of your beautiful Ashley. Always remember how much she loved you and Michael and all the good memories she left you with and the gifts she gave you and that our God always has the best plans for our lives. May God comfort you, heal you and continue to Bless you. Sending much love.
Diane I’m so sorry for your loss., it’s such a terrible tragedy. Sounds like Ashley was a sweet and kind person.I’ll be keeping you and Michael in my prayers.
Sorry for the very hard loss for you, Jim, and Michael. The obituary is a beautiful tribute to Ashley.Wilson
Remembering you Dianne and your family. I have had on my mind since I learned of your daughters death. Love you sweet friend.
Dianne, I’m so sorry. The lost of a child is at times unbearable. Remember all the good times when she was a beautiful young child. She is at peace, may her heavenly light shine upon all of you.
A beautiful young lady and a beautiful obituary. Although there were move “valleys” than “peaks” she will be sorely missed by all. I pray you have and continue to have the best memories of your lives together.Johnny
What a tragic loss for you and your family. Your comfort and peace come from knowing the Prince of Peace. We are praying for you and family.
So sorry for such a senseless loss. This has been a very long road for you, Michael and Ashley's Dad. My prayers for healing and peace are with you and your family. Much love, Judy