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Hilda Mae Smith Ashley

May 5, 1937 — January 13, 2023


Hilda Mae Smith Ashley

Hilda Mae Smith Ashley, 85, of Afton passed away Friday, January 13, 2023 UVA Medical Center in Charlottesville.

She was born May 5, 1937 to the late Russell Faulconer Smith and Hilda Alice Witt Smith.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her daughter, Deborah Ashley,  her son , Ronald Ashley, and daughter -in-law, Karen Abshire

Hilda is survived by her two sons, Thomas E. "Tommy" Ashley, Jr. and wife Cynthia and Charles W. "Billy" Ashley;  and three grandchildren, Taylor, Tori, and Jacob Ashley; and grand pups and grand cats.

Hilda was born and raised in Nelson County. Her family were the original owners of Ashley's Market on Route 151. She attended Mary Baldwin College. She worked for State Farm, Nelson County School System, where she worked as a librarian assistant and in the guidance office and ended her work career at Wintergreen beginning in October 1977 and retiring in October 2014.

Her hobbies included raising her four children and playing the piano for Rockfish Valley Baptist Church. Her two sons, Billy and Tommy were her primary caregivers.

A funeral service will be conducted at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday,  January 18, 2023 at Rockfish Valley Baptist Church with Pastor Justin Braun officiating.  Interment will follow in the church cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 17, 2023 at Wells/Sheffield Funeral Chapel.

Memorial Contributions may be made in her memory to the Rockfish Valley Baptist Church, 3361 Rockfish Valley Hwy., Nellysford, VA 22958.

Arrangements under the direction of Wells/Sheffield Funeral Chapel, Lovingston, VA (434-263-4097).

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Past Services


Tuesday, January 17, 2023

6:00 - 7:00 pm (Eastern time)

Wells/Sheffield Funeral Chapel

828 Front Street, Lovingston, VA 22949

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Funeral Service

Wednesday, January 18, 2023

Starts at 11:00 am (Eastern time)

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