CORINTH — As the snow fell from the heavens, blanketing our world and those who love us with Vivi kisses, Ashley left us to begin a journey we are devastated by. Our only saving grace is that she is with her girl again.
Wife, Mama, daughter, sister, cousin, friend, Godmother, business owner ... oh, the lives she has touched.
Where do you start? She was loud. She loved hard. Oh, she could cry. She was passionate about what she believed in and vocal about what she didn’t believe in.
Ashley married the love of her life, Eric Rosenbrock, in June of 2007. What a love story they have. It was 1998, and Ash was in ninth grade and Eric in 10th, when she bought him a Dennis Rodman poster for his birthday and brought it to his house. They dated through high school, and they followed each other to college, first at ACC and then to SUNY Plattsburgh, where she graduated with her Bachelor’s in English Literature.
Their true beginning was in the First United Methodist Church of Corinth in Sunday school as children. They were married there and baptized their children in that beloved sanctuary.
Madeline Renee made them parents. Vivienne Eloise arrived but left them too soon. Genevieve Matilda, their rainbow baby, came when they needed her more than she will ever know. Nash Arthur completed their world. Their Mama was their world, and they were hers.
Ashley was a photographer. She started AR Photography and captured thousands of moments from behind that camera. It was her safe place, her passion.
But it was Thirty-One Gifts, as an Independent Senior Director, that brought her friends that became family from around the country.
Ashley was about family, blood or by choice. Her mom and best friend, Lorraine Anderson Tefft, brought her into this world and held her as she left, her father, John Walker; her dad, Ron Tefft and his wife, Wendy; her brothers, Jordan and Derek, a love between the three that was unconditional. Ash was so very proud of her brothers. They were separated by miles, but at a moment’s notice, were there for each other. Her stepmom, Amy Walker; and her sisters, Paige and Samantha; Bruce and Vanessa, her in-laws; and her brothers-in-law, Scott and Alex and his wife, Diana; and her sister-in-law, Sarah and her husband, Damien.
Her cousins were more like siblings. Her “twins” she loved like brothers, Ryan and his wife, Kayla, and Sean; Dylan and his wife, Desiree; her girls, Taylor and her husband, Steven, and Marina and her husband, Kyle; her aunt Vicki, who held her hand through her darkest moments, and her husband, Bill, and her aunt Tracy.
Her Nana, Barbara Clark, who she shared that first grandchild love with. Oh, Ash could do no wrong in her Nana’s eyes.
Her sisters by choice, Lindsey and her husband, Mike, and Ali and her husband, Frank; her best friend, Lindsey Regan; her tribe, who was more special to her than they will ever know.
Her Godsons Carter, Lawson and Declan; her Thirty-One family, but most importantly Liz and Jenn.
As I write this as her Mom, I know that the list of lives that she touched and who touched hers is endless, and I know that I will forget someone, but you know who you are. We hold all of you in our hearts.
So many have asked what they can do. We have no answer today and may not tomorrow. But in the days to come we will need you. Pray for her Eric and her babies.
A celebration of Ashley’s life will be held at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 21, at First United Methodist Church, 243 Main St., Corinth.
A private committal service will be held at Corinth Rural Cemetery.
Donations in Ashley’s memory can be made to the First United Methodist Church, 243 Main St., Corinth, NY 12822; The Brave Will Foundation, 371 Schauber Road, Ballston Lake, NY 12019, c/o Matt and Tammy Hladun (bravewill.org); or the Vivienne Eloise Scholarship Fund, c/o Lake George School District.
Twinkle, twinkle, little star, how I wonder where you are ... We know that your Mama is with you.
Arrangements are under the direction of Densmore Funeral Home Inc., 7 Sherman Ave., Corinth.