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Rosalia Ashley

On Saturday, August 22, 2020, Rosalia Herrera Martinez Ashley of Ogden, loving wife and mother of 11 children, passed away at the age of 90.

Rosalia was born January 20, 1930 in Los Brazos, NM to Theodosio and Bernardita Herrera.  She married Horacio Martinez December 3, 1945, who passed away April 2, 1955 in a car accident leaving her with 7 children to raise.  Rosalia then married Vaughn Ashley December 28, 1960.

Rose as she was known by was well-loved by so many. Despite her large family, Rosalia always made time for everyone.  She and Vaughn provided support and love for the family and whomever came into their lives.

It would be wrong to say that Rosalia lost her battle because she never stopped fighting. No matter how sick she was, she was always determined. When anyone else would have broken, Rose stayed strong.  Through her, we know what resilience and perseverance truly looks like.  There was no quitting in Rose.  Just because she is no longer here, it doesn’t mean she lost her fight. Her joy for life and indomitable spirit kept her pushing through the pain.

Rose was a military wife and played the role of Mother and Father in a time when it wasn’t common.  Despite these struggles, she always provided a loving and warm home for family members and friends.

Rose loved family above all, but also welcomed anyone to her home.  She shared her love with food such as beans, red and green chile, tortillas, tamales.  She would feed the masses all the time.  Her hands were rarely still, she loved gardening, camping, yard sales, canning, sewing, music, dancing in her kitchen.  She especially loved her role as Granny Rose.  She had a nurturing personality and always made people around her feel welcome.

Rose was also a longtime member of Saint Josephs Catholic Church.  It was a very special place that was near and dear to her heart.

Rose is survived by her Husband Vaughn Ashley, Daughters Clorinda Perry, Diane Clemons, Barbara Alire (Steve), Gloria Martinez, Debbie Ashley (Donna), Lisa Nava, Teri Bell (David), Tami Ashley; Sons Rosendo Martinez (Lynne) and Raymond Martinez; Sister-In-Law Mary Herrera and many Grandchildren, Great grandchildren, Great Great grandchildren, Nieces, Nephews, Cousins, In-Laws and Friends.

She is preceded in death by her parents Father Theodosio and Mother Bernardita Herrera, Daughter Maria Valentina (Tina) Patterson, Sisters: Carmelita Lucero, Salome (Sally) Barrera, Lugarda Ursulita Valdez, Margarita Herrera and Brothers: Edumenio (Eddy) Herrera, Paul R. Herrera, Aurelio Jose Salazar, Jose E Theodosio (Junior) Herrera, Vicentico Herrera; Daughter-in-Law Orpha Martinez; Son-in-Laws Andrew Perry and Samuel Clemons.

A viewing will be held Monday evening, August 31, 2020 from 6 to 8 pm at Aaron's Mortuary, 496 24th Street, Ogden, Utah.

We regret due to the current pandemic, a private service will be held graveside.  We will be holding a virtual graveside service Tuesday, September 1, 2020 at  11 am  technology connection permitting.  Please contact a family member if you wish to take part in the virtual viewing/service.

A large celebration of life to include all family and friends will be held at a future date.

In lieu of flowers please give to Catholic Community Food banks, to continue feeding those less fortunate as Rose would always do.

We would like to thank Mountain View Health Services for the care provided to Rose for the last three years.

To plant memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Rosalia Ashley, please visit our flower store.


R.I.P. aunt Rose, you have worked so hard all your life! You and I have many years of good memories, did many, many things together, Many enjoyable long trips, to New Mexico, Texas, Idaho, Nevada, Colorado, etc. (our visit to the "Mother Cabrini Shrine," too many to mention. So many good times with aunt Sally, my Mom, Liz, touring Houston, San Antonio, Austin, "Billy Bob's, Willie Nelsons Club, fun, fun times, memories I will never forget. Our Prayers are with you! A favorite song of yours, "El Gato Negro, at Gomez"s club. Love, Leora and family.

Leora Valdez Medina Aug 29 2020 12:00 AM

I always remember Aunt Rose smiling! I also remember that she and my mom were not just sister-in-laws but friends and they would have long phone conversations about their children, what they were cooking for supper, and family! Family was so important to them! Aunt Rose always had a funny story to share about her family! She loved them all so much!! And, we loved her and will miss her!!

Linda Burton Wells Aug 28 2020 12:00 AM

Hello Family,
I would like to send our PRAYERS & CONDOLENCES, to each one of you. It hurt my heart, when I found out GOD called Aunt Rose home. I'm so THANKFUL, we got to spend her 90th BIRTHDAY with her! There are so many words that I could say to describe Aunt Rose, these are just a few BEAUTIFUL, amazing, strong, phenomenal, loving, caring but most important, she was a GOD fearing Queen of ours! So BLESSED for having her in our life. She always made US feel welcomed and you could just feel her LOVE, SHE LOVED US UNCONDITIONALLY! So to ALL OF YOU, I just want to say THANK YOU, for sharing our Aunt Rose with me and my Family. Please don't let Aunt Rose's home going be the last time we ALL get together, AUNT ROSE WAS ABOUT FAMILY, SHE LOVED ALL HER FAMILY There are no instructions on how to grieve or for how long yo grieve. Just know WE all have our own memories of her, we can FOREVER remember and on to them. She will FOREVER be in our hearts, today and always. May GOD continue to lift all of us up and comfort us during this difficult time and all the days of our lives. I'm going to MISS SEEING YOU AUNT ROSEbut I know you are with me in spirit. Until I see you again
LOVE YA, Lora Marie & Family

LORA MARTIN Aug 28 2020 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Rosalia Ashley

Aurelia Valdez-Guardado Aug 27 2020 12:00 AM

My condolences to all my cousins. I will pray that our dear Lord will help you over come the loss of your beautiful Mother. That all your sadness will become beautiful memories. I love you all.

Aurelia Valdez-Guardado Aug 27 2020 12:00 AM

Lisa Nava for
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Carrie Tharpe

He was telling me about the time at him and Marcus lost a bag of weed I think it was him in Marcus anyway and they couldn't find it anywhere and I guess she found it was waiting for then to claim it and when they finally had mentioned something she said oh yeah motherfukers I took it and then he just bust out laughing and he said yeah granny always she always knew everything!

Lisa Nava for Aug 27 2020 12:00 AM

I loved going to her house to visit and for gatherings, her house always smelled so yummy. She'd always had good food, drinks, fresh tortillas. And she was always happy to see me, she loved us all so much. Her tamales, ohhhh, they were the best. She was a great cook, and one pic the best grannies ever. I love you my grandma, Rosalie Herrera Ashley. Rest forever in paradise. I'll see you in heaven m abuelita.

Darlene Martinez Aug 27 2020 12:00 AM

Rose, you were one of a kind. So many stories you could tell and I especially loved hearing the ones of your youth in New Mexico. How you would play with rocks because you had no toys, the cows were the brown ones, goats were white and horses were black rocks. I remember asking you one time what you would have wanted to do with your life if you had not had your family, and you said a lawyer. I think you would have made a better banker as Deb would always quote you saying "my best friend is a dollar in my pocket", and girl how you could save for those rainy days. I will miss you and hope your journey takes you to the place you most want to be...with your family. With love always.

Donna Glenn Aug 27 2020 12:00 AM

My condolences to you all. Uncle Vaughn, Teri, Tami, Lisa, Debbie and all the rest if my beautiful family. My love for you all is beyond real. I speak your names in my prayers. God's grace and mercy upon you all. Aunt Rose was a beautiful and gentle soul. May she rest in paradise. Kelly Ashley-Bangoura

Kelly Ashley-Bangoura Aug 26 2020 12:00 AM

My sincere condolences to Granny's family.
Love you, Teri, Lisa and Troy

You Vasquez Aug 26 2020 12:00 AM

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