Westchester resident Anna May Ash died at age 82 Tuesday, November 14th, after a lengthy battle with Parkinson’s disease.

Funeral services were held Monday, November 20th, at Inglewood Mortuary and interment was at Inglewood Park Cemetery, both in Inglewood.

She was born May 16th, 1924 in Sparta, Wisconsin to the late William and Gjerda Harris.

She grew up in Wisconsin, where, during World War II, she met her husband, John Willard Ash. Together, they moved to Los Angeles in 1946.

As a resident of Westchester for 62 years, Ash was actively involved in her children’s schools, Parent Teacher Associations, the Fairview Heights Baptist Church, the Del Rey Baptist Church, the Navajo Women’s/Girl’s Club and other local community organizations.

Ash continued her commitment to education by working for the University of Southern California Ticket/Athletic Department for 25 years.

She retired from that position in 1985, but continued to work for the university in other capacities.

Ash is survived by two sisters, Edna Groves and Doris Johnson of Viroqua, Wisconsin; husband John Willard of Westchester; son Greg and his wife Nancy of Temple City; daughter Jane and her husband Steve of Central Point, Oregon; daughter Corinne of Long Beach; son Kevin and his wife Kathy of Playa del Rey; six grandchildren, Heather, David, Peter, Luke, Hilary and Connor; and two great grandchildren, Ashlynn and Dominic.

In lieu of flowers, the family said that donations could be made in her name to:

American Parkinson Disease Association

135 Parkinson Ave.

Staten Island, NY 10305; or

Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research

Grand Central Station, P.O. Box 4777

New York, NY 10163.

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