WEST WINDSOR – A celebration of life for Ashley Wyatt Gravelle, 43, who died Sunday March 9 at her home in Brownsville, will be held March 15 at 1 p.m. at the Old South Church in Windsor. A reception will immediately follow at the Harvest Inn at Mt Ascutney Resort. Ashley used her “power of positive” to fight cancer with courage, dignity and laughter until she decided it was time to soar.
She was born on Dec. 14, 1970 in Manhasset, N.Y.
Ashley grew up in Long Island and later in Pittsburgh, Penn., before attending Skidmore College and graduating from CU Boulder. To this day, Ashley touched the hearts of, and was a true friend to, the myriad wonderful people from college with whom she surrounded herself.
After college Ashley returned to her treasured family home in Cavendish where she opened Rivers Roost Bagel Company, then moved on to become Director of Education at Springbrook Farm. At Springbrook, Ashley was able to share her love of outdoor adventure and fulfill her aspirations of working with children.
In 2003, Ashley co-founded Keepers Restaurant in Reading and made it into a cherished community landing spot. The energy and unconditionally welcoming atmosphere one felt upon entering Keeper’s was the same feeling one had when a part of Ashley’s world. Ashley’s work at The Edge Fitness Center at Mt. Ascutney Resort exemplified her passion of fitness, healthy living and bringing people together into an active environment.
Ashley is survived by her husband Jason, and children Sadie Morgan and Chase Egan of Brownsville; her mother Ali of Reading and father Sterling of Greensboro, N.C.; one sister Kelly Lilly of Stowe; and one brother Sterling Jr. of Northfield; as well as several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and fans throughout the world.
Condolences may be expressed to Ashley’s family in an online guestbook at www.knightfuneralhomes.com
In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the Albert Bridge Elementary School, SCIP Program, PO Box 88 Brownsville, 05037.
This obituary first appeared in the March 13, 2014 print edition of the Vermont Standard.
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