GAS CITY – Hundreds of of bikers and Mississinewa High School Alumni paid their respects Saturday as a public memorial service for Ashley Rheam was held at Needham-Storey-Wapner Gas City Chapel in Gas City Saturday, with family and friends in attendance including Devon (Hunt) Wiggins, Joesph Brown, Jennifer (Smith) Childs, Dara (Williams) Richards, and myself.
The 29 year old Mississinewa High School Class of 2002, was found dead in her Gas City home last Saturday.
The service was led by a reverend and included prayers in English and reminiscences from Rheam’s friends and family were also among several hundred mourners on hand, as were her former classmates of Rheam’s like yours truly, Ava Zinn. Some held pictures of Ashley.
In a Facebook group called “In Memory of Ashley Rheam,” Rheam’s mother, Lucille, posted:
To everyone who attended Ashley’s candlelight light vigil, volunteers, donations, who came to her viewing,, funeral, Mike Anderson Chevrolet for moving their cars, Gas City Police Department for keeping us safe, T shirts were awesome, Angel making the picture buttons, Big posture of Ashley picture, candles and preparation, Indiana State Police for keeping us safe at the funeral home, Gas City Police department for controlling our home to keep us safe, Bikers, balloons, Food donations, friends, and families, friends sharing pictures with us, Brian Crist for DJ, First Christian Church, Phillip Hurd, cooks at the church, cards, flowers, Kevin Rheam, Tracy Rheam, Connie Poling, Marion, Rheam, Aunt Joyce, John & Conita Herrera, Uncle Ron & Aunt Patsy, Bob Hurd, Uncle Roger & Aunt Carolyn, Brad Kline, Pallbearers, Jessica & Matt Ogden, Kyle & Michelle Miller,Needham and Storey, Tyra Cox and Brandon Howard. I hope I didn’t leave anyone else out.
The service was followed by burial at Van Buren Cemetery before hundereds of balloons were released into the air.
In the Vote for the Girls clip after the Idol top 9 results, a 29 second silence is in Ashley’s memory (tribute is at 8:13 in the clip).
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