Ashlea Michaela Dawn (Brown) Gwaltney, 24, of Norris City, went home to be with her Lord on Monday, Dec. 24, 2012, at Ferrell Hospital in Eldorado.
A celebration of her life will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012, at Colonial Terrace Funeral Home, Eldorado. Visitation will be 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. She will be laid to rest beside her beloved grandparents, Ruth and Louis Brown at St. Mary's Cemetery in Eldorado.
Ashlea was born on Feb. 18, 1988, in Harrisburg, the daughter of Brian and Yvonne Leibenguth, Raleigh, and David Brown, Eldorado. She married Danton Levi Gwaltney, the love of her life, on Nov. 15, 2012. He survives.
Also surviving are her daughter, Whittleigh Marie Trusty of Broughton, and a son, Tyler Dane Beere of Harrisburg; her mother, Yvonne Leibenguth, stepfather Brian Leibenguth, and father, David Brown; and brothers, Cory Brown of Raleigh and Thomas Mahan (Kristi) of Eldorado; mother and father-in-law, David and Jessica Gwaltney from Norris City; her grandmother, Norene Williams of Junction City, Ark.; aunts, Donna Thurston of Carterville, Lorene “Tot” Grisham, Lafayette, La., Leilani Moore of Eldorado; uncles, Mike (Charlotte) Brown, Jim (Judy) Brown, Garry (Holly) Grisham, all of Eldorado; cousins Anthony (Jessica) and Gavin Grisham, Kayla Penrod, Joshua Choate, Nathan Thurston, Cody Comstock, Jered, Cody and Olivia Brown and Paige Bostich; numerous cousins and friends are also left behind to cherish her memory along with a very special sister in her heart, Christa Shroyer.
Ashela is preceded in death by her grandparents, Ruth and Louis Brown of Eldorado and her uncle, David “Jr.” Comstock of Champaign.
Ashlea graduated from Eldorado High School in 2006, and was currently active with her daughter Whitleigh in Girl Scouts. Anyone who knew Ashlea, knew her contagious smile and laughter. She lightened up a room just by walking into it with her upbeat personality. She never knew a stranger. She was friends to all who crossed her path. She loved spending time with her babies, Whittleigh and Ty. Her favorite pass times were hanging out at the Garden of the Gods with her husband, family and friends. The star named after her will be a shining light for all those who loved her. She will be dearly missed by her family and friends and never, never forgotten.
In lieu of flowers, the family will be setting up a trust fund for Ashlea’s children. Envelopes will be made available at the funeral home.
Condolences and expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family via the website www.colonialterracefuneralhome.com