Hattie Leilehua “Auntie Lei” Ashley



Hattie Leilehua “Auntie Lei” Ashley, 93, of Jacksonville, passed away Thursday, February 9, 2017 at Carolina East Medical Center in New Bern.

Born in Hilo, Hawaii, on April 4, 1923, she was a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Gabriel Manning, Sr. She began her career with the federal government in the early 1940’s in Pearl Harbor before moving to Cherry Point, NC with her family in 1953. She worked a total of 39 years with civil service, retiring from MCB Camp Lejeune Motor Transport in 1993. Mrs. Ashley was a long standing member of First Presbyterian Church in Jacksonville, and attended Antioch Presbyterian Church in later years. She was a member of the El Rio Nuevo Chapter of the American Business Womans Association, one of the originating members of the Association of Military Widows, Service Star Chapter #225, Order of Eastern Star, Starlight Homemakers Club, and served as a balloting auditor for the Board of Elections.

Surviving are two daughters, Debra A. Griffin and husband Ron, Tracy A. Velez and fiancé Robert Abrial, both of Jacksonville; a sister, Ethel Cook of Glen Burnie, MD; three grandchildren, Daniella Velez, Robin Burleson, both of Jacksonville, Todd Burleson and wife Wendy of Elizabethton, TN; three great-grandchildren, Scott Burleson and wife Lynsey, Jasmine Burleson, Daniel Burleson; one great-great-grandson, Parker Burleson, all of Elizabethton, TN; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, GySgt Cecil B. Ashley, USMC Ret; a daughter, Sandra J. Mihalcik and her husband SgtMaj Joseph J. Mihalcik, USMC Ret.

Visitation will be Wednesday evening from 6 pm until 8 pm at Jones Funeral Home, Jacksonville

Funeral services will be 11 am Thursday, in the chapel of Jones Funeral Home, Jacksonville, with Reverend Marie Cone officiating. Committal services will be 11 am Friday at Wilmington National Cemetery.

Fondly known as “Auntie Lei” in the local Hawaiian Community, Hattie always displayed the true spirit of aloha with her warm and friendly disposition, always greeting everyone with a smile.

Aloha Auntie Lei!