Wilhelmina “Wille” Ashmore passed away April 21, 2014 at a local care facility after a courageous 10 year fight against Alzheimer’s. A former longtime resident of Glendale, Mo., Wilhelmina moved to St. Joseph in 2004 to be closer to her daughter.
Wilhelmina was born December 13, 1917 in Suffern, N.Y. to William and Margaret (Staker) Schroeder of Ramsey, N.J. After high school graduation, she received her Bachelor’s degree in teaching from Montclair State University, Montclair N.J. After teaching high school in Ramsey, she pursued her career in Aruba, West Indies, where she met the love of her life, Edward Warren Ashmore from St. Louis. They married in 1949 and began their life together in St. Louis.
An avid educator, Wilhelmina continued her education and received her Master’s Degree in Education from Washington University in St. Louis. During her St. Louis years, she taught/was involved in administration in the Parkway, University City, and St. Louis Public School systems retiring as an assistant principal at Southwest High School in St. Louis in 1982. Wilhelmina was a long term member of Salem-in-Ladue United Methodist Church in St. Louis, loved animals, and enjoyed singing, traveling, gardening, decorating her home, and overall living and loving life.
Wilhelmina was predeceased by her parents and sisters, Flora Wood, Lillian Eagelton, and Alma Melvin. Her husband, Edward, passed away in 1978.
Survivors include her daughter and son-in-law Betty (Ashmore) and Kit Akard of St. Joseph, Mo., many friends, former students, and nieces and nephews located in Ohio and the East Coast.
Visitation will be held at Bopp Chapel at 10610 Manchester Rd., Kirkwood, Mo 63122 from 6-8:00 P.M. on Friday, May 2nd. Funeral services will be held at Salem-in-Ladue United Methodist Church, 1200 S. Lindbergh Blvd, St. Louis, Mo 63131 at 11:00 A.M. on May 3rd with interment immediately following at Bellerive Gardens Cemetery. Flowers are appreciated and for those wishing to make a contribution, the family requests they be made in Wilhelmina’s memory to Humane Society of Missouri, 1201 Macklind Ave, St. Louis, Mo. 63110.
Online guest book and obituary at www.meierhoffer.com.