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Ashley, Frances L.

October 28, 1938 –
 September 4, 2021


Frances Lou White Ashley, age 82, died on September 4, 2021, in Lewisville, Texas.

She was born on Oct 28, 1938, in Rising Star, Texas. Frances lived in Dallas and then moved to Irving, Texas, and worked as an Administrative Assistant for Raldon Homes and later Great American Bankers until she retired in 2001.

She is survived by her son Ty Higdon, wife Lisa, two grandchildren, Savannah and Reese Higdon of Coppell, TX; two brothers Lonnie Gene White of Wink, TX and Michael Keith White of Kermit, TX, nieces, nephews and close friends Patsy Hunter and Arthur (Sonny) Loftis. Frances was preceded in death by her parents Elmer White and Marzalee Aaron Quarles; her step-mother Florene White; her brothers Ivan Wayne White, Elmer Dean White, Roger Douglas Quarles, a sister Robin Angela Quarles, and both her former spouses Edwin (Webb) Ashley and Bill Higdon.

Growing up she lived in Lubbock, Texas, where she met and later married Bill Higdon.

Frances & Bill made a life together and had a son Ty. Years later divorced and she met and married Edwin (Webb) Ashley and moved to Dallas.

She and Webb volunteered for several years with the American Red Cross. Driving the American Red Cross vehicle to provide aid to those who were displaced by fires or some other disaster.

She enjoyed traveling and had the opportunity to visit Puerto Rico, New Orleans, Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico, and Florida.

One of her proudest moments and accomplishments was when she purchased a house because she was able to do it on her “own”.  She loved to garden or “piddle & putter” as she called it in her yard.

The house had a big backyard with a clothesline- so she would wash her bed linens and hang them on the line to dry and then ironed them. She used to say that it reminded her of her childhood with her mom.

There was a park nearby with a small lake and she would often take her grandkids down to feed the ducks.

She was an avid reader, loved researching her family genealogy, was an excellent cook, and is famous for her Lemon meringue pies.

She had a great laugh and love for life.

Frances was a Daughter, a Sister, a Mother, a Grandmother, an Aunt, and a friend and will be forever missed.

Service will be held at 10 AM, Friday, Sept 17 at Aria Cremation Service & Funeral Home.

1820 N Beltline Road, Irving, Texas 75061.


Under the direction of

Aria Cremation Service and Funeral Home

1820N. Belt Line Road

Irving, TX 75061

(972) 607-4400

2 Thoughts on Ashley, Frances L.
    Vicki McCarty-Wheat
    10 Sep 2021

    Frances…you sweet disposition, infectious smile and love of family will be missed; you were loved deeply, by many and you will be missed by many.

    Alex Adamez
    14 Sep 2021

    We will always remember your mom’s smile and loving hugs.

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