Aletha Belle "Lee" (Walters) Ashley

Born: Sat., Mar. 15, 1924
Died: Mon., Dec. 14, 2015


10:00 AM to 12:00 PM, Sat., Dec. 19, 2015
Location: Northwest United Methodist Church

Funeral Service

12:00 PM Sat., Dec. 19, 2015
Location: Northwest United Methodist Church

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 Aletha Belle “Lee” Ashley, 91, of South Bend passed away Monday December 14, 2015 in her home with her family by her side. She was born March 15, 1924 in South Bend to the late Alta G. (Arnold) and Earl M. Walters and was a lifetime area resident. On October 8, 1944 in South Bend she married Warren Dale “Pete” Ashley who died November 26, 2014. She was also preceded in death by three brothers.
She is survived by her children, Joan M. Blackford, Connie R. Kio (Thomas), RaeAnn B. Chupp (Donald), and Dale L. and Donald Ashley all of South Bend; seven grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.
Lee retired from the family farm and the South Bend Community School Corporation where she worked in the cafeterias at German Township School and Washington High School for many years. She was a member of the Portage Chapel United Methodist Church (Northwest United Methodist Church). Lee taught children’s Sunday school and was a board member of the church. For many years she was also a board member of Indiana Farm Bureau, president of the German Township Senior Citizens Retirees Club and a member of the St. Joseph County 4H Boosters Club and Purdue Homemakers Club.
Funeral services will be held at 12:00 Noon Saturday, December 19th in North West United Methodist Church, 21855 Brick Rd. with Rev. Vickie Van Nevel officiating. Friends may visit with the family in the church from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service. Her wishes were to be cremated at the Welsheimer Family Funeral Home Crematory.
In Lieu of flowers memorial contributions in her memory may be made to Northwest United Methodist Church or St. Joseph County Humane society. E-Mail condolences may be made at

Charitable donations may be made in Aletha's memory to the following organizations:

Humane Society
2506 Grape Rd., Mishawaka, IN 46545

Northwest United Methodist Church
21855 Brick Rd. South Bend, IN 46628

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Mark Walters
   Posted Thu December 17, 2015
Lisa and I were sorry to hear of Aunt Aletha's passing. We know she was loved by many and she cherished her family. Please know that your whole family is in our prayers. Cousin Mark

Kirk A. Edmondson
   Posted Fri December 18, 2015
What a wonderful lady. I met here through the 4-H Boosters many years back. At her request , I started to attend her church, just as she became ill. I was Blessed to see her at the hospital. My Prayers to her Family. I will miss her. Until we meet again, Rest In Peace.

Edmund and Marlene Kaplon
   Posted Sat December 19, 2015
Please accept our sympathy. We knew
Aletha and Warren from Farm Bureau. They were both lovely people, so kind and under standing. Most recently we met Aletha and her daughter at a fish fry in New Carlisle. She will be greatly missed!