Ashley Griffin

Griffin, AshleyAshley Michelle Griffin, age 25, of Cincinnati, Ohio and formerly of Sheldon, Iowa passed away on Sunday, June 21st, 2015 at the Children’s Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio after a courageous battle with Acute Leukemia.

A Celebration of Her Life will be held from 1:00pm to 6:00pm with the family present from 3:00pm to 6:00pm on July 11, 2015 at the Vander Ploeg Funeral Home in Sheldon, Iowa

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Ashley Michelle Griffin, an amazing daughter, sister and friend to countless people across the country, died early June 21. She was 25.

Ashley was a traveler across the United States, collecting friends from her hometown of Sheldon, Iowa, to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Washington, D.C.; before settling in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Ashley was born in Peru but spent her early years in Sheldon, Iowa on her family farm. Adopted by loving parents, alongside her sister and her cats, Ashley grew into a woman with a drive for curiosity and passion. She moved to Philadelphia, PA to work as nanny and attend Arcadia University. In 2010, she moved to Washington, DC to work as a nanny for children with special needs. In the nation’s capital, she immediately becomes the center of attention among dozens of friends through her infectious personality and curly black hair. She loved gathering her friends together in D.C. and watching her beloved Washington Nationals and Green Bay Packers.

Ashley moved to Cincinnati in 2013 to pursue a degree in special education and she worked at Macy’s Department Store. She was diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukemia in 2014. She fought valiantly against the disease during a seven month stay at University Hospital and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.

Ashley is survived by her father Timothy Griffin of Sheldon, Iowa, and her sister Katerina Griffin of Spearfish, South Dakota. She is preceded in death by her mother, Jan Griffin.

Donations will be sent to the Children’s Hospital

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