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Andrea Ash is an Investigative Journalist in Louisville, Kentucky specializing in research and field producing as a member of our investigative unit. She is a Kentucky native with a passion for telling stories through local visuals and voices. Her desire to seek, decipher and deliver the truth on issues that matter to our communities charts her journey.

In 2017, she transitioned to the investigative unit working alongside reporters to add context to our coverage.

Andrea joined WHAS11, the team she grew up admiring, as the weekend assignment editor while finishing her college degree in 2014.

She graduated from Bellarmine University in 2014 with a BA in Communication and Design, Art and Technology.

Although she loves her home state, Andrea is drawn to the adventure of meeting new people, immersing in new places and challenging her perceptions. She enjoys the art of all disciplines. In her free time, you’ll find her doing something outside.

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Andrea Ash of Davison remembered as an inspiration

DAVISON, Michigan — Andrea Ash of Davison used singing as an outlet for the pain she had from a rare respiratory syndrome.

“Music made her feel good,” her father Jeff Ash said. “It made her feel like she had the medicine she never could have. It was good food for her soul.”

Andrea Ash, who went by Annie, died Friday at age 23 from acute respiratory distress syndrome, which led to heart failure. She was diagnosed at age 13 and the disease progressed as time went on. But Jeff Ash said his daughter was strong throughout her illness.

“She always had a smile,” he said. “She cared about other people more than herself. She was just an unselfish, caring individual. She never looked at her pain.”

Annie Ash sang at church and on the Kearsley High School choir before her graduation in 2004.

She also sang at hospitals where she was being treated.

“She could light up a room,” he said. “It brought her joy and calmness. She knew that people liked it. It was just a gift that she gave to others.” Read also about Tyler Emery

Annie Ash went to the University of Michigan-Flint Summer Music Camp for many years.

She also worked at Rite Aid in the pharmacy department in Genesee Township until about a year ago.

Jeff Ash said her daughter didn’t see the pharmacy work as a constant reminder of her illness. Rather, she used her knowledge of medicine to help people, her father said.

“That’s what made her so special,” he said. “A lot of people didn’t know about medicines and she could say, ‘I’m on that.’ She could tell them a lot about it. It made her feel good when she could help people like that.”

She was enrolled at Baker College.

Jeff Ash said his daughter was an inspiration for all.

“It made us realize that some of our problems weren’t anything like what she was going through,” he said. “It was almost like magic.”

The funeral is 11 a.m. Tuesday at Trinity Lutheran Church, 706 W. Flint St., Davison.

She leaves behind parents Jeff and Rose Ash; brother, Eric; grandparents, George, and Shirley Moore; Marilynn Ball and Shirley Bock; and sister-in-law, Vanessa.

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Andrea Ash establishes Ally Ash “DJ Alley Cat” Memorial Endowed Scholarship in memory of husband

Andrea has established the Ally Ash “DJ Alley Cat” Memorial Endowed Scholarship to provide two scholarships annually to outstanding student members of the Greek life community at UM-Dearborn––one sorority member and one fraternity member.

She looks at her children and sees her husband. Ava has his eyes. And Aiden has his smile.

While students at University of Michigan-Dearborn, Andrea (Gully) Ash (’97 B.A.) met Ally Ash (’97 B.A.) at a Greek life social event in 1995—Andrea was a member of the Delta Phi Epsilon Sorority and Ally was a member of Delta Sigma Phi Fraternity.

She said they connected from the moment they shook hands.

“It’s a very good memory—on that night, our energy just clicked,” said Andrea. “I hope my kids experience that someday.”

Reminiscing on those early days, Andrea describes Ally as very popular. He owned a disc jockey business called DJ Alley Cat, and DJ’d special events, weddings and UM-Dearborn Greek social events.

“Everything started here,” said Andrea, former UM-Dearborn director of development, College of Engineering and Computer Science. “We flourished and grew and had so much fun on this campus.”

The two married in 2002 and settled into their lives in Metro Detroit.

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But their lives changed in the winter of 2013. Ally couldn’t shake what he thought were flu-like symptoms and tiredness. They learned from his doctor that Ally had aggressive colon cancer, and he passed away on September 21, 2014, just shy of his 41st birthday.

Andrea and her two children, Ava, now 11, and Aiden, now 9, have maintained their family traditions with Andrea as a single mom, still grieving for her husband.

“I have a job to do and I have to raise these kids and show them that life is worth living…to be brave, take chances, learn how to love and have healthy, strong relationships,” she said.

But she’s also helping to keep Ally’s memory alive—and not just within her own family.

Andrea has established the Ally Ash “DJ Alley Cat” Memorial Endowed Scholarship to provide two scholarships annually to outstanding student members of the Greek life community at UM-Dearborn––one sorority member and one fraternity member.

Andrea chose the scholarship name to honor her husband and their love for Greek life. “With so many professional and social networks in the Greek community, it really carried us forward throughout every stage of our lives,” she said. “And it provided us with such a strong foundation for success.”

In addition to Andrea’s endowed gift, during Giving Blueday on December 1, 2015––the university’s annual 24-hour online giving campaign––the Ally Ash “DJ Alley Cat” Memorial Endowed Scholarship Fund raised $6,000 through crowdfunding.

“It was a great opportunity to use the power of networking and our social spheres in the Greek community to bring awareness to the scholarship and encourage our peers to take part in philanthropy on campus,” she said.

Andrea has always found meaning in giving back to her alma mater and hopes to set an example for her children.

“Now I need to be the role model for my kids so they can grow up with that ‘give-to-others’ mindset that Ally and I shared,” she said.

While Andrea and the kids still are adjusting to life without Ally, Andrea said the family is growing stronger in the process.

“You have to dig deep and push yourself forward,” said Andrea. “There’s a whole big world out there and we’re going to go see it.”

To that end, Andrea, Ava, and Aiden are moving to Dallas, Texas, later this month to be closer to family.

“I’m trying to reposition our lives so we can have new adventures together,” Andrea said, adding that she will miss her supportive team in the Office of Institutional Advancement.

And although her experience is a stark reminder that life can change in an instant, Andrea smiles through the tears, saying, “In the end, I’m most proud of my kids and that I had a great marriage…I got my happily ever after.”

Contact Andrea at aash@whas11.com

Twitter: @AndreaAshNews

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