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Anita Stewart Ashby

09/13/1940 - 07/02/2019

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Anita Stewart Ashby passed away peacefully at the age of 78 on July 2, 2019 in Draper, Utah after a decade-long battle with Alzheimer’s.

Anita was born to Enoch Stewart and Elva Massey Stewart on September 13, 1940 in Vernal, Utah. After graduating from Murray High School in 1958, she attended Stevens-Henager Business College. In March of 1959, Anita married Kenny Ashby and after living for a time in California, Texas, and Alaska, the couple settled in Sandy, Utah.

Anita enjoyed painting, cross-stitch, genealogy, and working in the Jordan River Temple. Anita and Kenny served a full-time mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Independence, Missouri and a shorter mission in Kirtland, Ohio.

She is survived by her husband Kenny, six children: Brent (Kate), Clark (Mindy), Scott (Tamara), Kenna (Nick) Hefner, Alisa (Sean) Ziebarth, Sarah (Michael) Johnson, 23 grandchildren, and 14 great-grandchildren.

A viewing will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Friday, July 12th at Larkin Sunset Gardens, 1950 East Dimple Dell Rd. (10600 S.), Sandy, Utah. On Saturday, July 13th at 1:00 p.m. there will be a graveside service at Vernal City Cemetery.

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  • I express my love and respects for Anita. With Altzheimer ravages, Anita’s passing is likely to be a mixed blessing and a sad temporary parting. Anita has had a remarkable life and has been a positive influence for many. Betty and I express our love and respects. We will have you in our prayers.

    — Clifford G. Harman
  • My favorite childhood memory was when we went to visit you in Alaska. All of us kids were sleeping in a big room in sleeping bags. We must have been making too much noise because Aunt Anita came in with her wooden spoon hitting it against her hand telling us we had better go to sleep!!!I definitely quieted down!
    I will miss her.

    — Mary Ashby Draney
  • Kenny my thoughts are with you at this time. If there is anything I can do for you and your children please let me know.


    — Mason Redd

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