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Joan E. Ashley

March 25, 2009

Joan E. Ashley, a longtime Western Michigan University staff member, died March 22 in Kalamazoo. She was 60.

Ashley joined the WMU staff in 1981 and retired in 2005 after 23-1/2 years of service. She returned to campus in 2006, serving as a temporary employee until Feb. of this year.

At the time of her retirement, Ashley was manager of Campus Apartments and of the Children’s Place Learning Center. Ashley served in several different areas of the University during her career, and worked her way up to become one of the institution's first women to hold a management position in facilities maintenance.

Memorial services will be held 11 a.m. Friday, March 27, in the Unity Church of Kalamazoo, 1204 Whites Road. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Media contact: Jeanne Baron, (269) 387-8400, jeanne.baron@wmich.edu

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