Sher­i­lyn Beecher Ash­ley Bath­gate


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Sher­i­lyn Beecher Ash­ley Bath­gate, 77, of An­chor, IL passed away on Jan­uary 6, 2018 at North­brook Manor Care, Cedar Rapids, IA. She was born Novem­ber 23, 1940, the daugh­ter of Clyde Ja­son Ash­ley and Anna Ros­alina Beecher Ash­ley. She at­tended Melvin-Si­b­ley Grade school and grad­u­ated from Melvin-Si­b­ley High School in 1958. She was con­firmed at St. John’s Lutheran Church, An­chor, IL in 1953 and was very ac­tive in the Luther League both lo­cally and na­tion­ally. She went on to study at Wart­burg Col­lege from 1958 to 1960, where she met her hus­band Don­ald.

Sher­i­lyn mar­ried Don­ald Bath­gate of Toluca, IL on Au­gust 14, 1960 at St. John’s Lutheran Church. Af­ter their wed­ding, they moved to Ne­whall, CA where she worked as a Nurse’s Aide and later as a Lab Tech­ni­cian. In 1975, they moved to Agoura Hills, CA and she worked as a Lab Tech­ni­cian at West­lake Vil­lage Hos­pi­tal in West­lake Vil­lage, CA.

Sher­i­lyn loved her fam­ily dearly and cher­ished her grand­chil­dren. She loved spend­ing sum­mer days on the beach with her chil­dren in Cal­i­for­nia, play­ing the pi­ano and gaz­ing at the stars on a clear sum­mer night on her farm in Illi­nois. She had many tal­ents and was well known for her cook­ing es­pe­cially her pies and peanut brit­tle, her beau­ti­ful

stained glass work and her never end­ing work on the fam­ily his­to­ries. She and her hus­band re­tired in 1993 and moved back to Illi­nois to the fam­ily farm in ru­ral An­chor, IL. Dur­ing her “re­tire­ment”, she served on the St. John’s Lutheran Church coun­cil as Trea­surer and later as Pres­i­dent. She was very in­volved in doc­u­ment­ing the church his­tory.

In Septem­ber 2015 she and Don­ald moved to Robins, IA to be closer to fam­ily. The fam­ily would like to thank the staff at Emery Place As­sisted Liv­ing, Unity Point Hospice and North­brook Manor Care Cen­ter for their ded­i­cated care.

She is sur­vived by her hus­band Don­ald; chil­dren: Cindy (Gary Omar) Bath­gate, Kevin (Tami) Bath­gate, Carla (Karl) Kinch; grand­chil­dren: Austin, Colton and Jor­dan; her sis­ters-in-law Sharon (Eugene) Nenne and Mar­garet Ann (Don­ald) Stutz­man; many nieces and neph­ews. She was pre­ceded in death by her par­ents, Clyde and Rose Beecher Ash­ley; broth­ers: Nor­man Ash­ley and Wes­ley Ash­ley; and her nephew, Eric Ash­ley.

Vis­i­ta­tion was held Wed­nes­day, Jan­uary 10, 2018 at Lamb Fu­neral Home, 303 N Church St, Gib­son City, IL 60936. Fu­neral ser­vices were Thurs­day at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 16576 N 4000 East Rd, An­chor, IL 61720 with burial at St. John’s Ceme­tery.

Memo­ri­als may be di­rected to St. John’s Lutheran Church, An­chor, IL; Unity Point Hospice, Cedar Rapids, IA; or the Alzheimer’s As­so­ci­a­tion.

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