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Obituary for Ann Rodgers Ashley (Martin)

Ann Rodgers Martin Ashley, Georgetown, died on October 21, 2023. Born in Lexington on January 15, 1940, she was the daughter of Richard A. and Marzee Dyer Martin. She was 83 years of age.
She attended University High School, Lexington, and graduated from the University of Kentucky, where she was a member of Chi Omega sorority. At UK she was crowned Kentuckian Beauty Queen and represented UK at the Kentucky Mountain Laurel Festival. After graduation she participated in the Maid of Cotton contest in Memphis, TN where she was named a top ten contestant.
Her entire career as an adult was spent as a teacher, primarily in middle school math, but she also served as Head of the Special Education Department at Sayre School in Lexington. She is remembered fondly by many of her students as “Mrs. A.”
She is survived by her daughter, M. Dyer Ashley Reeve, Nashville, TN, her sister, Betty Jo Palmer (Mrs. Charles E., Jr.), Lexington, her nephew, Charles Rodgers Palmer, a great nephew, Curan Palmer, a great niece, Merrell Palmer, all of Arlington, VA, and her best friend of over 60 years, Leslie Cox (Mrs. Leonard), Georgetown.
She was preceded in death by her only grandchild, Graeme Alisdair Thomas Reeve of Nashville, TN.
Her nephew couldn’t say her name as a child and called her “Poo,” which is what her family has affectionately called her ever since.
Fiercely independent, Ann Rodgers was an avid gardener and an excellent cook. Loving, kind and generous, she was quietly doing something to help someone else, whether taking flowers from her garden, preparing a good home-cooked meal, or feeding the stray animals that wandered into her neighborhood. She was brilliant, passionate about life, the natural world, and music. A lifelong learner, she was happiest discovering something new.
Most of all, she loved dogs—any dog, all dogs. If she saw a dog, she would run to hug and pat it. Ann Rodgers volunteered for many years at the Scott County Humane Society and placed countless dogs for adoption.
In addition to her work with the Humane Society, she was a longtime volunteer at Georgetown Community Hospital, a former member of the Junior League of Lexington, a Lifetime member of the University of Kentucky Alumni Association, and a longtime member of Holy Trinity Church (Episcopal) in Georgetown.
The family is indebted to her caregiver, Laura Schu of Georgetown, for her loving care.
Funeral services to be held at Holy Trinity Church, 209 S. Broadway St., Georgetown at 2pm Friday October 27, 2023.
Ashes to be scattered with those of her two favorite dogs, Lizzie and Abby, at a later time.
Memorials to Scott County Humane Society, 75 Slone Drive #13, Georgetown or Holy Trinity Church.