Brenda Carol Ashmore
Brenda Carol Ashmore, 68, of Blytheville, passed away Sunday Jan. 5, 2020, surrounded by her friends and family at Arkansas Continued Care Hospital in Jonesboro.
Brenda was born in Blytheville to Gerald and JoAnn Tankersley Cassidy and was a member of Armorel Baptist Church and attended Bethany Baptist Church. She graduated from Armorel in 1969 and went on to graduate from Arkansas State University where she received her degree in elementary education. Brenda began her teaching career at Armorel School District as the district's first kindergarten teacher. After 29 years of teaching children she retired from Blytheville School District having taught at Central Elementary School. Brenda loved life, people (she never met a stranger) and the Lord. She enjoyed going to the lake and spending time with her family, especially her precious grandchildren.
Brenda fought a long courageous battle with ovarian cancer for nearly three years. Although she was tired, there were many milestones she wished to reach before her time on earth was finished. She first wanted to see her youngest grandchild walk and hear her talk. She wanted one last set of family pictures made, to spend one more Christmas with her family she loved so dearly and to celebrate one more anniversary with her wonderful husband of 47 years. With the Lord by her side and her strength and determination, she was able to reach and enjoy each of those milestones. Brenda went to be with our Heavenly Father one day shy of her 69th earthly birthday but was able to celebrate her first birthday with Him.
She was preceded in death by her father; and brother, Greg Cassidy.
Brenda leaves her husband, Danny Ashmore of the home; children, Amanda Brumfield and her husband Ira of Jonesboro and Gavin Ashmore and his wife Tiffany of Blytheville; mother, JoAnn Cassidy of the Huffman Community; brothers, Chris Cassidy of Blytheville and Jeff Cassidy of Charleston, S.C.; sister, Melissa Cassidy of the Huffman community; and grandchildren, Pyper Greer, Skylar Ashmore, Forrest Christiansen, River Christiansen, George Asher Brumfield and Cassidy Danielle Brumfield.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, Jan. 8, at 2:30 p.m. at Armorel Baptist Church with Rev. Gary Hyde and Harvey Reeves officiating. Burial will follow in Dogwood Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 1:30 p.m. until service time at Armorel Baptist Church. The family requests any memorials be made to Armorel Baptist Church or Bethany Baptist Church. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.cobbfuneralhome.com.