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Susan June (Gower) Ashley

July 15, 1945 ~ August 31, 2020 (age 75)

Obituary

Susan June (Gower) Ashley 75 of Farmington NM left this earth on August 31, 2020.

Susan was born in Seminole Ok., to Alvin and Lillian Gower. Their family were nomads following the work of the times. After the death of Susan’s mother Lillian, Susan was sent to live with her older sisters here in Farmington. Susan attended school at the original Tibbetts Jr High and then went on to Farmington High School. Susan left high school and married, leaving Farmington and going to San Diego, CA where her husband was stationed. There she gave birth to two daughters Melodi and Terri. Shortly after the birth of Terri, Susan and her husband realized they were too young when they married and Susan returned home to Farmington.

Within a year’s time Susan rekindled an old high school flame with Thomas (Tom) Ashley. They were married in 1966 and began their life together. Susan and Tom had two children together Crystal and Lonnie. In the early years of their life together they were committed to raising their young family. Susan was a homemaker most of her life with various odd jobs here in Farmington. But her talent lied in making the house Tommy had bought for them into a home. And that she did! Their home was always immaculate and her family never went hungry! Always in the kitchen, she loved to cook and try new recipes, especially in her later years, though she never did get the hang of not having to cook meals for a small army! If you came to visit you knew Susan would always have a homemade treat readily available and a big glass of Iced Tea!

Through the years Susan and Tommy were like many families of the time, moving their family, following the work. She enjoyed playing cards with friends, bowling on the leagues, and spending a lot of time at Navajo Lake where she and Tom taught all of their kids to swim, ski, fish, and enjoy all the wonders of nature.

Susan is preceded in death by her husband Thomas Ashley, grandchildren; Robert Thomas and Taylor Polach, her parents Alvin and Lillian Gower, and sisters Lucille Cearly, Elvis Goodman, and Nora Saiz.

She Susan is survived by her children, Melodi Polach, Terri Thomas (Mitch), Crystal Ashley, and Lonnie Ashley. She leaves behind her grandchildren, Karisa Polach, Kathryn Polach, Kelsey Polach, Emily Andrew, Nina Montano, Aaron Montano, and Shaundra Ashley. She also has 13 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Also her sister Ruth Rebstock and brothers Lonnie and Elzy Gower all of Oklahoma.

There is no doubt we will miss her, but we take solace in knowing mom is no longer in pain and she is with dad, their fishing lines wet, and the iced tea, sweet and cold.

There will be a private family memorial.

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